Padarath accuses Hinds of land encroachment

Laventille West MP Fitzgerald Hinds yesterday threatened to take Opposition MP Barry Padarath to the Privileges Committee for accusing him of encroaching on his neighbour’s land.

The incident took place while Padarath, who is MP for Princes Town, was delivering his contribution on the Land Adjudication Bill in Parliament.

Responding to Hinds’ contribution, Padarath said Hinds gave “us a typical song and dance. And it appears that the Honourable Member has also fallen victim to his own stubbornness.”

PM challenges Moonilal to "meet outside on the pavement" but oh did he get it wrong

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley challenged Opposition MP Dr Roodal Moonilal to "meet him outside on the pavement" during today's sitting of the Parliament, after he clearly heard wrongly, what Dr Moonilal had asked him.

Dr Moonilal was one of many Opposition members asking questions about state funding of the recovery of Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie, during a sitting of the Lower House.

Dr Moonilal asked: "Could the prime minister indicate whether it's the intention of the party he leads to help Minister Cuffie rather than the taxpayers?"

Kamla, AG anxious to approve anti-gang laws

Let’s debate the Anti-Gang bill today.

This was essentially Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s response yesterday to Prime Minister Keith Rowley’s acceptance of the Opposition’s proposed two and a half year sunset clause for the bill.

Debate on the bill failed last December due to lack of Opposition support without a sunset clause. But Government and Opposition have been talking recently on the crucial legislation which seeks to increase police powers to deal with gang-related offenders.

PM: Yes, there is an ISIS cell/satellite in T&T

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has admitted that Trinidad and Tobago has what can be considered an ISIS cell or satellite.

"The answer to the question is yes," Dr Rowley told the Parliament in response to a question asked by Opposition MP Dr Bhoendradatt Tewarie.

He told the House of Representatives that it is common knowledge across world that citizens in Trinidad and Tobago subscribe to doctrines of ISIS, some of whom have returned to this country and some of whom wish to join ISIS.

Govt bringing Anti-Gang bill to House again

Government will be pursuing the Anti-Gang bill again.

And this time Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley hopes Government and the Opposition can work out the areas of concern the Opposition has on the bill. Last year, the T&T Police Service had asked the Government to bring the bill to Parliament to aid them in getting murders and gang activity under control. However, the proposed bill failed last December due to lack of Opposition support. Proposals cannot be returned until six months after a bill’s failure.

AG refers Terrorism Bill to JSC

ttorney General Faris Al-Rawi yesterday referred the Anti-Terrorism Bill to a Joint Select Committee comprising eight members with a report to be submitted by March 31.

Leader of Government Business Camille Robinson-Regis announced that five members of the House, among them Al-Rawi, Marlene McDonald, Prakash Ramadhar and herself, while three members from the Senate will be selected to form the committee.

Speaker rules that PM's statement was not Contempt of Parliament

House Speaker Bridgid Annisette-George has ruled that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley will not be referred to Parliament's Committee of Privileges for Contempt of Parliament.

In September this year, Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar had asked that Dr Rowley be referred to the Committee of Privileges, after saying that he had made comments that were “damaging, disparaging” and “negatively reflected on members of the House, bringing them all into ridicule, odium and contumely”.