Prime Minister’s (Xavier Bettel) Questions and Answers to the Riksdag.
Speaker: Order, order! Oral questions to the Prime Minister will begin. He will be taking questions from the Riksdag. I call the Prime Minister.
Britney Rhee (Nationalitz Party): Mr Speaker, what is the Prime Ministers view on minimum alcohol pricing and sin taxes?
Prime Minister: While it varies from product to product as to the level, it is my clear view that items that actively damage the health of individuals, that cause addiction and substance abuse are not products we should be incentivising through lower and lower taxes. If you want to know what harms the very poorest and worse off in society, it’s making damaging substances more readily accessible and cheaper, and this government is in the business of protecting our very poorest.
Barbara Mulder (LP): Mr Speaker, what plans does the Government have to bring about peace in the East?
Prime Minister: It is my firm belief that if we are to establish a peaceful and longlasting accord then all sides must come to the table in the spirit of co-operation, talking specifically about the Kyrzbek situation. In matters of the Kassian crisis, If we got hung up on the words of some candidates that goes against refugees every time, we'd have very little time for the rest of the days business. The alienation of refugees, in the context of dealing with illegal immigration, is an inhumane practice that has no place in any country. The Kingdom of Montenbourg is a fair and open society which will not stand for damaging minorities in horrible ways, and we fully condemn it.
Kurt Slomot (Independent): A simple question - does the Prime Minister believe that the hiring process for any job should actually take account of the qualifications of an applicant for said job?
Prime Minister: I am a firm believer that job appointments should be looked at principally on merit of the applicants, what they bring to the table from either experience, educational qualifications, or from their individual character. It should not always be case of who you know that lands you a job.
Baron Skelmersdale (CMP): Will the Prime Minister condemn the ideology of fascism or is it something he is happy to embrace and tolerate, as we see they are in go with oppressive regimes?
Prime Minister: Fascism has no place in modern Montenbourg or in any modern, free, and open democracy. It is inherently the opposite.
Johann Burton (CMP): Does the prime minister agree with me that the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Trade are doing an excellent job to further our economy and is working in the interest of all of the Montenbourgian people?
Prime Minister: I absolutely agree. The Ministers has been playing a crucial role in developing the economic policy of the country and this government and I’m very glad to see them take the role in their stride. It all plays a key role in developing a budget that works for the country and that delivers on the commitments we have made.
Rod Yeltsin (Nationalitz): What plans does the Prime Minister have to tackle the issue of Airbnbs being used as pop-up brothels in the South East?
Prime Minister: Didn't hear about that, the government will be examining the situation closely and first looking at what the companies that offer such services are able to do first before we step in with legislation if it needed.
Dana Hansen(Green Party): Will the Prime Minister commit to increasing funding for the number of police officers and community support officers in the upcoming Budget?
Prime Minister: I cannot comment on the contents of the budget at this time, as things are always subject to change, however, I strongly believe in the role of our police officers. It is crucial they always have the resources they need.
Tamara V. Banks (Liberal): Will the Prime Minister join me in condemning the State of Turkmeibaijan for their abuses and opression against the Kyrzbek peple officially recognised by Inquistan Bishop Karinn Lallana?
Prime Minister: I understand the situation and share some views of Lallana, but I can be expressly clear that Montenbourg foreign policy concearning Turkmeibaijan and Kyrzbek situation, is supporting a two-party solution, this has not changed at this time and we maintain that all sides should come together to resolve the matter diplomatically. We do not want to see any further violence.
Björk Flanders (Classical Monarchist): Many candidates of Angleter are opossing the Refugee Protection Act what is your views on that?
Prime Minister: Look, Councillor Granger and I really saw that the European Union needed clear and fair rules about refugees, asylum seekers and general protocol, and that's why we created the Act. The overall objective of the Act is to open a dialogue and go from a system which, by design or poor implementation of our member nations, encourages uncontrolled or irregular migratory flows to one which provides orderly and safe pathways to the EU for third country nationals. Opening a diaogue, is not imposing. Their rhetoric, of no refugees, is no-good for our European spirit.
Neil Yeats (Green Party): Well the now Premier Commissioner voted against the Act, she said that the Act put no limit on the migrant's right to claim asylum elsewhere if refused in their current host country, which she says they can use their host as a 'staging ground' where they could 'shop around' for a nation that will accept them on the best possible terms, dragging the process out for as long as possible.
Prime Minister: As I said earlier, norms in each country may vary, now I don't know a case in which the host country has refused an already refugee.
Adolf Reinzed (Nationalitz): Under this Act should refugees be recognize as permanent residents?
Prime Minister: No that's not the point...We understand that under this Act any Refugee that flee a country, under the approval of the host, which is unstable shouldn't be restricted their human rights. And if the situation extends then the host country needs to find a viable solution for long-term. Later the Minister of Foreign Affairs will lead this discussion.