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Presentation: Abortion Funding - A matter of equal rights and justice

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ABORTION FUNDING: A matter of equal rights and justice

The meeting presentation on 21st March 2016 by 

Mara Clarke - Director, Abortion Support Network

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 March 2016 22:51

INDEPENDENT REVIEW: to examine the functioning of the Branches of Tynwald and consider options for reform

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The review was approved by Tynwald in June 2015 and supposed to have been published in April 2016. It was announced (01.03.16) that Lord Lisvane is to conduct it during March and May and his report presented in July.

The terms of reference are to:
  • Examine the functions of the Branches of Tynwald
  • Determine the efficacy of the functions of the branches of Tynwald
  • Determine the scrutiny structure required by the parliament. 
  • Recommend options for reform where applicable.

Under the Inquiries (Evidence) Act 2003, the reviewer can ask people to present their thoughts at an Inquiry by written submission to the reviewer, it does not preclude the reviewer from meeting with interested parties to discuss their views but does require the reviewer to allow submission of views to be in public and open to all in a formal inquiry setting.

So if you have got any comments or suggestions do let Lord Lisvane know!
Last Updated on Sunday, 13 March 2016 18:21

FOI can work for US!

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foi unlockPAGSTERs may remember that there was an important Consultation about the beneficial ownership of companies. It closed at the end of September 2015 and Positive Action Group wrote a submission.

As a result of the responses received Chief Minister Bell made statements that the Isle of Man would not be changing its position on revealing beneficial ownership of companies registered here.

But the responses were never published, even in summary.Taking advantage of the new Freedom of Information Act, PAG requested release of all the responses in full.

FOI worked! Here are the 38 submissions that were made and there is a wide variety of opinion expressed. One response was signed by 17 MPs and 3 members of the House of Lords. Of particular interest is the submission from the Department of Home Affairs, which reflects the views of the Financial Crime Unit. Take a look for yourself.



Last Updated on Thursday, 25 February 2016 14:07

LegCo Latest - Referendum rebuked

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no-referendumNot unexpectedly MHK Bill Malarkey's call for a referendum, for the public to decide as to whether LegCo should be popularly elected, was rejected (February 2016 Tynwald).
Some senior politicians called the motion "a nonsensical political gimmick" - "dealing with existential issues" - "faffing around" - "obscuring big issues".
There was just no appetite to try and tackle change - except that is from the eight Members who voted for a referendum
So another five year parliamentary term will have passed with failure to resolve the LegCo dilemma.
Well not quite...
The Keys previously voted to introduce a speedier, more flexible system to elect MLC's. This measure will only serve to make such elections less embarrassing!
And, on the horizon since June 2015, there has been the promise of an independent review to examine the functioning of the Branches of Tynwald and consider options for reform.
Assurance has been given that the terms of reference have been drawn up, but no person to conduct the review appointed. Of course those terms have not been made public. Why not?
So the promise of a report being completed by April is likely to be broken.
Surely what is needed are some facts about the work of LegCo and they will be provided later on this website.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 February 2016 18:30

Consultation on Greater ID Verification at Harbours

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CaptureConsultation, in Principle, on The Introduction of Greater Identification Verification Measures at Harbours.

Hamish Killip presents a cogent argument within his attached response to the said consultation exercise.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 21 February 2016 19:12

PAG public meeting: so what DOES the IOM Chamber of Commerce do?

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PAG Public Meeting

...so what DOES the IOM Chamber of Commerce do?

Presentation by

Jane Dellar, Chief Executive & Bill Mummery, Executive Director, Celton Manx Ltd.

7:30pm Monday, 25th January 2016

Manx Legion Club, Douglas

= Free Admission to all = 

Established some 55 years ago, the IOM Chamber of Commerce has experienced all the ups and downs of the Island's economy. In the past 12 months the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce seems to have adopted a higher public profile.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016 18:10

ID Checks on sea travellers

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Should you be asked to provide on request, photographic verification of your identity at our sea ports?eddie

Is lack of identity verification a weakness in the Island's law enforcement capabilities?

Whom exactly has raised concern that public and community safety is being compromised?

The DHA Consultation, which appeared out of the blue, has caused a great deal of public and media interest and PAG urges you to submit your views by the closing date of 12th February 2016.
Not unexpectedly, Island Civil Rights campaigner, Tristram Llewellyn Jones, has strong views about the principle and we publish his own response here......
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Last Updated on Saturday, 13 February 2016 18:51

Good Government in the Isle of Man!

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The question of how well we are governed rumbles below the surface of Manx political life.
Peel resident, Trevor Cowin, has been openly critical of departmental behaviour for a number of years and gratifyingly has been influential in gradual improvement.
This time he's taken his concerns to the Lieutenant Governor!
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 January 2016 22:12

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