July 26, 2018
Derek O’Brien speaks on The National Trust for the Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities (Amendment) Bill, 2018
Sir, all the Opposition members spoke. everyone has expressed themselves. There is an issue here on the quality of person who will be appointed. I don’t think anyone in the Opposition is suggesting that the post be left vacant. Nobody is suggesting that. The question is, do we have a professional who understands the issue. That’s all.
If the minister has changed the rules of the Bill, he must be congratulated for it. But, he has changed the rules, not the Act. What has caused a concern, is that we are doing legislation not for one person.
In the spirit of what you suggested, Sir, may I with your permission, Sir, through you, suggest to the House, that this is an issue which can be resolved. There are just two issues. We all want a qualified professional to be there. After that, we can resolve this issue by discussion.