19 Mar 2019

Solomons MPs tax free salaries to be revoked

10:53 am on 19 March 2019
Solomon Islands parliament

Solomon Islands parliament Photo: RNZ/ Koroi Hawkins

Members of the Solomon Islands national parliament will pay tax on their salaries again following a decision by the Parliamentary Entitlement Commission. to revoke its 2015 award.

The head of the commission, Johnson Siapu, says this will come into force from the first of April two days before the country goes to the polls.

This means all new and returning MPs will have their public salaries taxed.

The chief executive of Transparency Solomon Islands, Ruth Liloqula welcomed the decision saying it's time the MPs started paying income tax like the rest of the workers in the country.

She told the ABC's Tok Pisin Program she hopes members of the incoming parliament respect the commission's decision, "one thing we all need to understand is that the finance minister will be a member of this commission as well as the chairman of the public accounts committee."

"These two politicians are members of that commission so anything can happen," Ms Lilqula said