Forgive yes, Pardon no

I think we can all agree that 2015 was a horrific year for our country. Just as we were catching our breaths and starting to recover from the impacts of Cyclone Pam, we were rocked by a huge corruption scandal. Half a government was convicted of corruption, the then Speaker attempted to pardon himself and others and fourteen MPs went to jail.

We were in rough seas. But we survived. And more than that, we came through the ordeal to find that our country was being held up as a shining example of how to deal with high-level corruption and preserve the rule of law. From colleagues in Nauru, Papua New Guinea, and elsewhere I heard the same thing: “I wish we could do that here.”

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