aspirations and our hope of better future for all. We are elected to represent the people and to ensure government by the people. Parliament is entrusted with the power to initiate and make laws to create the legislative framework and imperative for the transformation of our society, and the realisation of our national aspirations. So, the real matter that we should be debating and considering is, how have we done? Have we delivered on the trust that the people have bestowed upon us, or has it been abused and betrayed? Sadly, we have failed. Our abject failure - as a collective - is recorded in the High Level Panel report that we commissioned. It is mirrored in the sorry and deteriorating political and socioeconomic quagmire that we find ourselves in.