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Legislative Council (Part 1) - Can we afford the Luxury of LegCo?

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The recent move by Phil Gawne to abolish the Legislative Council received short shrift from a majority of his of his colleagues in Keys and was thrown out.

At least the proposal raised some fundamental arguments about the purpose and cost of LegCo and it is this latter aspect which we explore in more detail.

The basic salary, from April 2014, for a member of the Legislative Council is £38,771.00.

LegCo has responsibility for the consideration of draft primary legislation (Bills). It is an important role, reviewing and revising new legislation presented to it, generally from the Keys.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 February 2014 12:10

Legislative Council (Part 2) - The Legislative Council Reform Bill 2014

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One of the core principles of the PAG Charter is that "The people have the right to elect Members of the Legislative Council"

It is at the very heart of the Reform Bill which Peter Karran will soon be presenting for a second reading in the House of Keys.

Last Updated on Saturday, 22 February 2014 11:14

PAG Public Meeting: Zero Base Budgeting presentation

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Many thanks to Kate Beecroft MHK for providing us with such a a thoughtful presentation. If only the Goevrnment could move towards budgeting in this manner rather than 'they get the money because they always have'.

They should re-evalute the effectiveness of their entire expenditure each budget.

Please find attached Kate's presentation in two formats: it's original Microsoft Powerpoint, and Acrobat PDF.

Contact us if you experience any difficulty in downloading.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 January 2014 16:29

Right Royal Rumpus

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What an extraordinary opening session it  was for Tynwald in January 2014.

Looking down from the public gallery it seemed as though there were more vacant seats than those occupied.
Speaker Rodan's cushion  was taken by Deputy Speaker Singer - resplendent in his civvies - no wig and gown for him.
Similarly Clerk Phillips was absent, replaced on the day by LegCo Clerk King.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:20

PAG Public Meeting: Sustainable Island Tourism presentation

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Presentation by Dr. Brendan Canavan on Monday 9th December 2013

The concept of 'sustainable tourism' has emerged from a desire to avoid the perceived negative impacts of  tourism, to make as low an impact on the local environment and culture as possible, whilst helping to generate future employment for local people. The aim of sustainable tourism is to ensure that development brings a positive experience for local people, tourism companies and of course the tourists themselves.

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Download this file (Sustainable_Tourism.pdf)Sustainable Tourism - PDF version1914 Kb738
Download this file (Sustainable_Tourism.ppsx)Sustainable Tourism - PowerPoint18012 Kb600
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 January 2014 12:21

Scoring a hat-trick and feeling smug!

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hat_trick-imageAs 2013 draws to an end PAG can be forgiven for feeling jubilant as elements of the PAG Charter show signs of being realised.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 22:57

The Hoary Issue of Planning!

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planning-mistakes"The hoary issue of Planning" - that's how the Chairman introduced the topic to David Cretney when the DOI Minister recently appeared before the Environment & Infrastructure Policy Review Committee.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 16:06

e-Gaming - "Assessing the Value" presentation

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isle-of-man-e-gamingThe October 2013 PAG Public Meeting e-Gaming - "Assessing the Value" proved to be a lively event with robust comment and discussion following this power-point presentation by Peter Greenhill, CEO e-Gaming Development (DED), supported by Howard Quayle, MHK responsible for e-Gaming (DED).

The audience of about 60 people seemed evenly divided as to the undoubted value of this developing sector of the IOM economy balanced by a genuine concern and disquiet about promoting gambling.

 Those of you that have computers that can use PowerPoint may click on the second attachment for a slideshow. 

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Download this file (PAG eGaming Presentation.pdf)PAG eCommerce presentation454 Kb670
Download this file (PAG Presentation Release Version.ppsx)PAG eCommerce presentation - Powerpoint1032 Kb756
Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 09:36

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