Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA) Julian Willock is reporting that ‘honour and respect’ has now been restored in the legislature during his 12 months in the post so far.
Willock’s comments were made on Thursday, to mark his first anniversary Speaker of the House.
“I am humbled and honoured to serve and will work every day for the remaining years to uphold my oath to be fair and impartial in the execution of my duties,” Willock said.
He continued: “It has been a rewarding year, as we have worked together; all 15 members, to restore the honour, respect and dignity to the Legislative Branch of Government.”
Willock said he was able to witness “the passion and commitment of all elected members and HoA staff, and benefited from their experience, wise counsel and love for the country.”
“I am pleased that all Select Committees in the Fourth HoA are constituted and meeting, the Youth Parliament has been returned to the HoA in keeping with Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s best practice, and there are more open and honest dialogue between the Government and the Opposition, as well as greater access to information,” he remarked.
Year of hard work
And while reflecting on his first year, the Speaker said the past year was one with hard work and long hours.
He explained: “Two budgets brought before the HoA in one year-over, 10 bills passed, over 10 resolutions and almost 400 plus questions asked by the Opposition, a learning curve for me and new members. But ‘all in all’, we have stayed the course, remained focused on service and in my humble view, the HoA is a better place by us being there.”
Willock, in the meantime, said he has been ‘bombarded’ with questions from teachers and students who are interested in attending a sitting.
He said he believes that the future of the legislature is bright and thanked Premier Andrew Fahie for nominating him. Willock also thanked legislators for their support.
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