Category: Senate

No surprise

Newly installed Opposition Senator Crystal Drakes has stopped short of making any major pronouncements on Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Mia Mottley’s $1.2 billion austerity package announced in Parliament today, saying the economic implications of the Budget would have to be analyzed in detail in the coming days. However, when informed by reporters that […]

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Way clear

The constitutional way is now clear for two Government senators and one Independent Senator to take their seats in the Upper Chamber. This afternoon the Senate completed the process of amending the Constitution by a vote of 15 to one, following approval given by the Lower House on Tuesday. The issue arose after Prime Minister […]

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Opposition Senator knocks amendment as “elite” move

Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn is accusing the Mia Mottley-led administration of “jumping through hoops” to accommodate “elite” individuals in the Upper Chamber. In his maiden address to the first session of the Senate for the new parliamentary term this morning, Franklyn further charged that Government had “rushed” to make the changes, which he said amounted […]

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Lower House passes amendment to facilitate Senators

Just a few hours after the official opening of Parliament, the Mia Mottley-led Barbados Labour Party (BLP) administration got right down to business in the House of Assembly this evening, passing the constitutional amendments required to facilitate some issues that have arisen since they assumed office nearly two weeks ago. The first order of business […]

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Honourable members all

The remaining Members of Parliament took the Oath of Allegiance before Governor General Dame Sandra Mason at Government House today. Among them Speaker of the House of Assembly Arthur Holder, who said he had tasked himself with ensuring that the people’s business was conducted with a degree of civility and decorum. “The job is obviously […]

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Six new independent senators sworn in

General Secretary of the Barbados Workers’ Union (BWU) Toni Moore and Kevin John Boyce, son of former Minister of Health John Boyce, were among six new independent senators sworn into office this morning. Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason administered the oath of allegiance just around 10:30 during a brief ceremony at Government House while warning the new senators […]

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Tax appeal

An independent Senator is again appealing to Government to increase the excise tax on sweetened beverages –  this time by a further 20 per cent. Stressing that obesity and non-communicable diseases were “an extremely serious problem”, Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medicine Sir Henry Fraser said he believed an […]

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Patrick Todd confident of a third term for DLP

A Government Senator today suggested that members of the incumbent Democratic Labour Party (DLP) were as anxious as anyone to get the upcoming general elections out of the way. Patrick Todd, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, also told the Senate that the Freundel Stuart administration was certain of a fresh and enhanced […]

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Sugar boost

The Senate today debated a resolution to borrow a further US$13.9 million (BDS$27.8 million) to assist in the refinancing of a $73 million sugar debt. Leading off debate on the measure in the Upper Chamber today, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Senator Darcy Boyce explained that the loan, which was made to […]

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Husbands responds to political critics

Don’t just criticize, come into the political trenches! That was the challenge issued by Government Senator Harry Husbands today to those in society who he said were seemingly bent on attacking politicians and behaving as if they were the regulators of the political class. In a direct warning to non-elected members of the Senate, Husbands […]

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No runaway Govt expenditure – Boyce

Government expended well over a quarter billion dollars in debt repayments in the 2017/2018 financial year, more than it had done in the previous year, according to Senator Darcy Boyce. Speaking in the Upper House today during debate on the 2018-2019 Estimates, Boyce, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, explained that “debt […]

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Economic recovery plan too late in coming, laments Sir Henry

Government’s Sustainable Recovery Plan has been given the thumbs up by an independent Senator, but he says it has come five years too late. Professor Sir Henry Fraser said the economic plan, which got the Social Partnership’s stamp of approval, was an “excellent” plan to put the flagging economy on the right footing. However, Sir […]

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No way!

The idea of bringing back lashes in the classroom as a routine form of punishment by teachers is dead in the water. The warning has come from Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education Senator Harry Husbands, who is also a former teacher and head of the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT). Contributing to debate […]

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Independent senator calls for more balance in Upper Chamber

Independent Senator John Watson today called for a change to the make up of the Upper House, arguing that there was a need for more independent representatives in order to bring a greater level of balance. Of the 21 senators, 12 represent Government, two are from the Opposition, and seven are independent. Harking back to […]

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Durant calls for tighter security at schools

Government Senator David Durant today called for a change in the contracts of school guards so they can be responsible for the protection of teachers. “More robust security guards should be placed at our schools, especially more males who will be able to stand up and help in any skirmish because teachers seem to be […]

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Energy boost

Government’s spokesman on energy Senator Darcy Boyce has said that independent producers of renewable energy would likely be able to supply more energy to the national grid and have a fixed price for doing so in a matter of months. In fact, Boyce, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office with Responsibility for Energy, said […]

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Bill is not about banning jokes at work – Lady Haynes

An independent senator is warning that the Employment Sexual Harassment (Protection) Bill 2017 must not be seen as a vehicle for banning jokes or touching in the workplace. Instead, Lady Carol Haynes, whose professional title is Dr Carol Jacobs, said the measure must be seen as a means to protect vulnerable men and women at […]

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