Category: Senate

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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Senate approves sexual harassment bill

The Senate this evening approved the Employment Sexual Harassment (Prevention) Bill 2017, which Government Senator Verla De Peiza described as a “paradigm shift” in gender relations that should lead to a cultural revolution. The legislation makes provision for the protection of employees in the public and private sectors from sexual harassment at the workplace, provides […]

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No more!

The days of men being laughed out of court or referred to as sissies for reporting female sexual predators are over thanks in part to new legislation being introduced to combat sexual harassment in the workplace, according to Government Senator Patrick Todd. In his contribution to the debate in the Senate on the Employment Sexual […]

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Watson: Cut food import bill

Independent Senator John Watson wants Government to focus on reducing the island’s $500 million food import bill, as it presses ahead with its plans for offshore oil exploration. Speaking Wednesday during debate on the Offshore Petroleum (Amendment) 2017, Watson noted that oil and food accounted for the bulk of Barbados’ imports, and according to him, […]

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We need to get back to waste to energy – Worrell

A Government legislator wants to place waste to energy back on the table as a priority for national discussion, just over a year after one such project collapsed spectacularly in the wake of public opposition. Issuing the call on Wednesday during debate in the Senate on the Offshore Petroleum (Amendment) Bill 2017, Senator Andre Worrell […]

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Switch gears

Independent Senator Sir Trevor Carmichael wants the Freundel Stuart Government to state a clear position on the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, even if it is differs from that of the wider Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Speaking Wednesday on the Offshore Petroleum (Amendment) Bill 2017, Sir Trevor said the administration’s apparent silence on the turmoil was simply […]

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Sir Roy wants BRA to clarify ‘two child’ policy

Independent Senator Sir Roy Trotman Wednesday raised alarm over a new “two child” policy, which he said he hoped was implemented by the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) in error. Speaking in Senate Wednesday during debate on the National Insurance and Social Security (Amendment), Bill 2017, Sir Roy said he had been informed that BRA was  […]

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