11 Feb 2019

Push to end tax exemption for Solomons MPs

6:43 am on 11 February 2019

A prospective party in Solomon Islands is promising to force MPs to pay their taxes, if elected in April's election.

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The promise was made at the campaign launch of Peter Kenilorea Junior's United Party in Honiara last week.

The current parliament passed a law in 2016 exempting MPs from paying income tax, which Mr Kenilorea said would be thrown out.

He says the country's current leaders - on both sides of parliament - have lost touch with the people they're sworn to serve.

Mr Kenilorea, who is the son of the independence leader Sir Peter Kenilorea, is looking to mount a campaign of radical reform.