PL to look at IVF bill 'in a realistic manner' - Muscat
Labour would give its reaction to the IVF bill after looking at it in a realistic manner and listening to the people's reaction to studies the party will be commissioning, leader Joseph Muscat said this morning.
Speaking in Tarxien, Dr Muscat said the PL would be listening to the people to see how the bill could be improved.
Dr Muscat said during the meeting that the party’s first congress would be held in September. Then, the party’s plans for its electoral programme would be tabled and a roadmap for economic growth would be drawn up.
The Labour leader also spoke on the country’s financial situation noting that the economy was being managed in an amateur way.
The Prime Minister, he said, had shown he did not know anything about the economy saying last November that government deficit this year would be €50 million less than it was last year.
But instead this had increased by €83 million in the first six months of the year.
Dr Muscat noted that all income from the 10-year concession signed with Maltco a few days ago will be going into the government’s accounts for this year.
This meant that whoever was in government would not see 1c income from public lotto on its accounts in the next 10 years.
This, he said, was grossly irresponsible and showed that the country had an amateur finance minister and an irresponsible Prime Minister.
Dr Muscat spoke on Wasteserv saying that the company’s auditors had been sent for and pressured to revise their conclusions.
This was so serious that the auditors felt the need to officially to report the incident.
The Labour leader noted that due to lack of funds, the government was falling behind on medicine orders and tenders were not progressing.
He said that there were at least four cases of people who did not qualify to become medical consultants because they did not have enough experience but who were appointed just the same to the detriment of those who qualified. One was a minister’s relative, he said.
Dr Muscat said that the Labour Party wanted a system of meritocracy. This was what the people wanted.
“They want a situation where they get what they deserve,” he said.