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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