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Sparks Fly in the Senate Over GOB’s Fourth Supplementary Appropriation Bill

The Senate met in session today to debate several Bills brought from last week’s House of Representatives meeting. The four-hour session saw the Senators debate the General Revenue Supplementary Appropriation Bill, the Central Bank Amendment Bill, the DFC Amendment Bill, the Indictable Procedure Bill, the Inferior Courts Amendment Bill, the Protection of Witnesses Bill and the Fisheries Resources Amendment Bill. The first bill debated was the General Revenue Supplementary Bill that saw the opposition face some frustrations after having been limited on his comments since the Bill includes a matter currently before the Supreme Court, namely, the one point five million dollars that the government paid out to the Christian Workers Union for the stevedores. Lead Opposition Senator, Michael Peyrefitte attempted to flesh out several opposing views, but was blocked due to the sensitivity of the matter.

And, despite the multiple disruptions in his presentation, Senator Michael Peyrefitte did manage to accuse the government of being disingenuous when bring supplementary appropriations to the House and the Senate. The allegation was followed by an objection by Senator for Government Business, Eamon Courtenay.

Also rising to contribute to the debate on the supplementary appropriation bill is Union Senator, Elena Smith.