Ian Carl Farrugia

1. Put the right to a healthy environment as an actual fundamental human right rather than as a general (unenforceable) principle. For instance, the right to clean air and the right to natural spaces.
2. The right to free, good and timely health care should be included as a general principle and also as a fundamental human right.
3. Appointment of people in the Public Service.
1. The amount of persons that can be appointed to “positions of trust” should be limited to a specific number for every minister and parliamentary secretary, and such persons can only be appointed for certain specified positions only – for instance, to act as advisors.
2. There should be more transparency when employing persons with the public service. Results of interviews and/or exams, as well as the names of interviewees/examiners, should be made public (online, in a clear manner) so that it is shown that appointees/employees got the job because they are qualified to do it.
3. Members of Parliament and high ranking government officials (including ministers and parliamentary secretaries) should be expressly prohibited from contacting anyone to lobby for someone to be given a job with the government. The disciplinary action that would be imposed in the case of a breach of this rule should also be expressly stated.
4. The outsourcing of legal advisory work should be restricted. This work should be done by the office of the attorney general / state advocate. A lot of money is being paid to individuals/firms to give advice and to represent the government when this could be invested in the offices of the attorney general / state advocate, which could employ additional personnel that would enable them to do their job properly. Outsourcing should only be done when highly technical issues are involved.
4. Parliament:
1. The declaration of assets of Members of Parliament (MPs) should be more detailed.
2. MPs should also declare their membership with any society, groups or entities – Therefore, when they are pushing for or criticising any particular issue, it would be clear whether they are doing so because they are being influenced by their membership to such society, group or entity.
3. MPs should make a declaration of their meetings with lobby groups. This would ensure that if they are pushing a particular issue for a lobby group, this would be clear for everyone.
4. The number of times that a person can be elected as an MP should be limited – for instance, to 3 times.
5. MPs should become full time MPs but their number should be reduced.
5. Appointment of members of the judiciary.
1. Persons who were high ranking members of political parties or who served as members of parliament should be expressly prohibited from serving as judges, magistrates, as well as members of tribunals.
2. Appointment of members of tribunals should be subjected to a similar procedure and scrutiny as that of members of the judiciary.