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NEWS | Sunday, 10 February 2008

AN call for smaller government, more discipline

Sabrina Agius

A smaller government was the centrepiece of Azzjoni Nazzjonali’s electoral manifesto, which the party presented yesterday.
Party leader Josie Muscat yesterday said AN would introduce a flat tax, and also instil discipline in the country.
“Our party agrees in easing taxes in this country. We agree in having a flat tax. This would help aid Maltese negotiators,” Muscat said.
“Discipline in the family, at school and at work should be the way forward for a better country,” Muscat said, adding that discipline was lacking in Maltese society.
The party also proposed having the president of the Republic elected by the people was one of the solutions to reducing the powers of government.
Muscat also took umbrage at being labelled a right-wing party.
“We, who have been accused of being a right-wing party, are insisting that citizens should have more power in their hands,” Muscat said, saying that right-wing parties are usually associated with violence and want more power in their hands.
He said AN wanted more power in the hands of citizens.
Azzjoni Nazzjonali is also proposing reforms in the educational system. “Students should be happy when going to school. We are proposing that there should be different colleges offering different lines of careers, including arts, music and Information Technology.”
Amongst other issues AN’s manifesto proposes a stronger Whistleblower Act and a new Accountability Act which would oblige every public official, from the president downwards, to be accountable to their electors.
If elected, Muscat said AN would aim at making every individual in the country “a small rich person”, saying that “everyone should have the right to make the best out of life”.



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