Questions to the First Minister: Saint Novella Dominion
Samantha Terrace is taking questions as First Minister of the Dominion of Saint Novella
Saint Novella City
The President of the Assembly: Our first questions come from Fabian Greene, Mr Greene, you’re hereby allotted 3 questions for the First Minister.
Fabian Greene, leader of the Opposition, Socialist Party: Will the First Minister be joining the other Dominion’s in privatising the Postal Services, and does she accept that this will lead to slower post and isolation of the most isolated areas.
Samantha Terrace, First Minister, Party of June: Yes my executive plans to privatise postal services. What I’d like to highlight is that use of the postal services is declining in our Dominion, we’re a very urban Dominion so that’s not exactly a surprise. Most parcels are sent by courier services which are already private companies. I reject your proposition that the private sector is slower, it is the opposite. It makes sense to privatise postal services for our Dominion.
Fabian Greene, Leader of the Opposition, Socialist Party: Is it the policy of this executive to legalise magic mushrooms and other drugs if and when the Central government allows these powers to Dominion governments? If so will she push for the release of those already jailed for the crimes?
Samantha Terrace, First Minister, Party of June: The Saint Novella executive plans to offer a free vote for our DAMs, but we strongly advise a vote for the decriminalisation of magic mushrooms. As for your second point, we will release anyone convicted of crimes that are made legal by this Assembly. As well as this, we will fund drug preventative measures - just because this executive’s policy is going to be decriminalising certain drugs, that doesn’t mean that we condone their use. We will be strongly advising against drug use, but we don’t think it’s a crime, rather a health concern.
Fabian Greene, leader of the Opposition, Socialist Party: Housing is an increasingly big problem for people in Saint Novella city. What is the First Minister doing to remedy this problem and avoid people being unable to live in the city?
Samantha Terrace, First Minister, Party of June: Our plans involve using our powers to build housing with our powers to commission public transport. We have a short term plan which is to build more housing period, but the executive has been working on a longer term plan which plans to use brownfield sites to build new communities with concentrated public transport options to facilitate transport into the city.
The President of the Assembly: Alexander Kensington.
Alexander Kensington, NAP Leader in the Assembly: I commend the First Minister for her decision to privatise postal services and lower the tax burden on us. Will the First Minister use this money for tax breaks or to unnecessarily increase the size of the government?
Samantha Terrace, First Minister, Party of June: Thank you for that rare compliment. Our executive has decided that the tax burden will be reduced, but that some of the money saved by privatising the postal services will be moved to the modern equivalent: broadband. Our infrastructure relating to broadband is in constant need of repairs and improvements and we would like to see our system updated in this Dominion so that it is fit for the years ahead and all major problems should hopefully be eliminated.
The President of the Assembly: Russo Tunrons
Russo Tunrons, Liberal Democratic Socialist Dominion Assembly Member: I welcome the First Minister’s commitment to decriminalise magic mushrooms, but could she be more specific as to which other drugs she thinks should be decriminalised and what drugs the central government will allow us to consider their legalisation?
Samantha Terrace, First Minister, Party of June: Korojaunu Whiteford has stated that magic mushrooms will be on the table, but other drugs such as cocaine are still in play. The First Minister of Saint Regina has said she wants a chance to decriminalise drugs like cocaine, I don’t know how much I agree with her, but the legislation made in Saint Regina will be the legislation we have to abide by and we will bring it to a vote when we have the right to. Now, if I may, I’d like to close proceedings - I will continue my duties in this house later today and in the Nonet this week.