AG to Opposition Leader: Lift the whip, let your MPs vote on bail bill freely

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    The Opposition Leader is being challenged to allow her MPs to vote freely and not along party lines on the Bail Amendment No 2 Bill.

    This bill follows an amendment in August which denies bail for 120 days to a person charged with a listed offence, punishable by 10 or more years in prison.

    That legislation was passed with full opposition support.

    The Attorney General, speaking in Parliament, is now calling for their votes for a new amendment looking to deny bail for 120 days for first time offenders found with firearms and prohibited weapons.

    Responding immediately, Opposition MP Dr Roodal Moonilal explained their stance on the amendment.

    Dr Moonilal says the bill does not require a long debate, but needs a reasonable approach instead.