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Parties divided over extra session

ISSUES:While the KMT legislative caucus hopes to address the referendum case about the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant, the DPP has a close eye on pension reform

By Jake Chung  /  Staff writer, with CNA

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have different ideas on what should be the focus of the legislature’s extra session, which is scheduled to be held between June 13 and June 27, the Legislative Yuan said yesterday.

KMT caucus whip Lin Hung-chih (林鴻池) said the party’s legislative caucus hopes primarily to address the referendum proposal on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in New Taipei City’s (新北市) Gongliao District (貢寮), the Executive Yuan’s organic reform and the pension reform plan.

Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) has said that President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) administration was willing to put the continued construction of the nuclear plant to a referendum, and even pledged to step down if the public voted against continuing construction of the plant.

However, the DPP said that the KMT was trying to wiggle its way out of the issue and claimed that the wording of the referendum was problematic.

“We should not be deadlocked on the issue just because of different ideologies,” Lin said.

Meanwhile, DPP caucus whip Pan Men-an (潘孟安) said that the DPP caucus hoped the extra session would examine the draft act on promoting a nuclear-free homeland (非核家園推動法), the amendments to the Public Debt Act (公共債務法) and the Act Governing the Allocation of Government Revenues and Expenditures (財政收支劃分法), and the inking of a draft anti-monopoly media law (反媒體壟斷法).

Pan said the party had made a plan on how to handle cross-strait liaison offices, adding that he hoped the legislature’s Internal Administration Committee would closely compare it with the Executive Yuan’s version.

On the issue of pension reform, Pan said the DPP caucus was cautious about the amount of public opposition and the potential impact of the move.

However, Pan said that due to the differences between the KMT caucus and the Executive Yuan, the party felt that pension reforms for military personnel, civil servants and public school teachers should be prioritized.

“We will not be raising any motions to revise the Labor Insurance Fund or the Labor Pension Fund during the extra session,” Pan said, adding that the party did not feel these reforms were as pressing.

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