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Upper House in tatters

Published:Monday | July 8, 2019 | 12:16 AM


The Westminster system to which we subscribe speaks to having responsible government and central to that is accountability to the Parliament.

What I witnessed in the Upper House at its last sitting, Friday, July 5, 2019, resembled a class being disrupted by temper tantrum. This scene, with the subsequent walkout by the Opposition, was greatly disturbing.

Only recently, two young senators were appointed to the upper chamber. What a lesson in parliamentary conduct!

This country has a lot of issues to deal with. You, parliamentarians, are given limited time to deal with the people’s business. So when you enter the Parliament, do so with decorum, civility, and professionalism. Approach the job at hand with seriousness.

Grandstanding, impugning people’s reputation, and time-wasting are reprehensible behaviours.

Behave in a manner as the name denotes - the Upper House.