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Falklands : Motion of Thanks Speech by the Hon Mr Roger Edwards, MLA:
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 04.06.2014 (Article Archived on 19.07.2014)

Your Excellency, Mr Speaker, Honourable Colleagues, in rising to support the Motion of Thanks I too would like to echo the words that have gone before.

Motion of Thanks Speech by the Hon Mr Roger Edwards, MLA:

Your Excellency, Mr Speaker, Honourable Colleagues, in rising to support the Motion of Thanks I too would like to echo the words that have gone before.

I like the Honourable Barry Elsby have just returned from overseas trips to the pre-C-24 meeting in Fiji, where the Argentine delegation were incredibly critical of the fact that the Queen is our Head of State and we have her representative here in the Islands in the form of the Governor.

I am proud to have the queen as head of State and I am proud to have the Governor here this morning invited by this Assembly into this House to give his Annual Address. I welcome the Governor here and I am delighted that he is still wearing the uniform that we provide for him.

The Argentine Delegation were very critical of the whole of the Falklands because we have the Governor. We are a colony they say. Our birth rate is too low to continue and so we have to continue to send contractors here to keep the numbers up and to keep the country viable. One does wonder where they get these imaginations because sitting there arguing as I do about how much we can spend additional classrooms or whether or not we can afford a new school because the numbers of children are growing at such a pace that we cannot keep up in the classroom and teachers, I really do wonder where they got that from.

But I will repeat that I am proud to have the Queen as head of State and I am proud of the system we have here in the Islands. We have self-determination, internal self-government and economic self-sufficiency.

We have as you rightly say, Governor, wonderful wildlife in a pristine environment. And we are fortunate enough to have the stewardship of that and take it forward and pass it on safely to the hands of our children and grandchildren.

I, too, thank all of the civil servants for their support throughout the past year and in particular my own portfolioís at the Attorney General Chamberís Regulation and the Treasury.

You mentioned regulation for telecoms Ė yes that is a big piece of work which we still have to complete but we are also requiring to take that forward to our fuel supply both here in Stanley and in Camp and out on the high seas within our territorial waters.

The review of the law has been a huge piece of work and we have had to contract Ė bring in and support the staff that we have in the Attorney Generalís Chambers. This is on-going and will be on-going for a considerable number of months and in advance I would like to thank the Attorney Generalís Chambers, the staff there and all the Members here who will have to take those laws forward and we hope that we can complete them by October.

Our economy, I have already mentioned we are economically self-sufficient. It doesnít happen just because itís there. It happens by a lot of hard work by both Government and the private sector. We will hear later this morning thanks to all the people who work in the Treasury but I, too, would like to add my thanks to all those who make the economy happen.

My Colleague Phyl Rendell mentioned that it has been a hard time for farmers in poor conditions that made for challenging times. It is sad that we still have to provide a small assistance to the Abattoir. But I would like to point out that this small amount of subsidy we give to the Abattoir has a multiplying effect of 5 or even 10 times to be passed into the community and we do see farmers prosper as they should.

Your Excellency, Mr Speaker, I support the Motion.

 

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