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Falklands : Motion for Adjournment Speech by the Hon Mrs Jan Cheek (130731)
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 31.07.2013 (Article Archived on 28.08.2013)

Itís very difficult to explain to people why there was no large debate on Membersí remuneration.

JC:  Mr Speaker, Honourable Members, I
obviously have to turn my music down when Gavin gets his wish.


Itís very difficult to explain to
people why there was no large debate on Membersí remuneration.  Certainly not for lack of interest but it is
reflective of the unanimity, I think, of which it is welcomed.  The fact that the electorate can, from
November onwards, expect more of their Members, frankly, than they already do
and Members will have a degree of professionalism, a degree of recognition of
what they do, which is sometimes lacking and I fervently hope that itís opened
the doors for those younger people who could bring down the average age, which
we talked about earlier in this Assembly as well.    And,
as I think I said in something I put in Penguin News last week, even if you
stand and fail to get in the first time, that experience and the work you would
do in doing that would put you in a better position next time around.  And, if you are really keen, you donít give
up at the first hurdle. 


I have been asked by several
people when we will have an opportunity to comment on the migration review and
I would like to thank them for their patience and assure them that it is in
hand and I believe the release is fairly imminent.  And I would hope anyone with an interest in
that very important review will take the time to comment on it so that should
there be changes to the law then it probably will be the next Assembly that
will be making those decisions and have the views of the public to look at.


We have mentioned the Island(s)
Games people and the Shooters, all of whom are doing us proud but we mustnít
forget the Archers who have done very well. 
This, I am afraid is going to generate into a bit of a thank-you list
because I want to publically thank departing Education Staff and make
particular mention of Helen Bell who originally came as Deputy Head, who has
stepped up more than once to the Headship when needed and ensured the smooth
running of the school through some very difficult times.  She goes with our gratitude and we wish her
and her husband well in whatever they do in the future.


Also leaving shortly is Tom Hill,
who leaves a happy and well-run Infant/junior School and Camp Education as well
as distinguishing himself in the short period heís been Acting Director.  I wish him and his family all the best in
their next home.  I believe they are
going to another Island.  Thanks also to
Derek Muhl who is stepping in, not for the first time as Director of Health and
Social Services and to welcome the substantive Director, Hillary Rowland.  We very much look forward to working with her.  And finally I would welcome the Commander to
his first Legislative Assembly.


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