Nicholson Blasts Opposition Senators

Foreign Affairs Minister and Leader of Government Business in the Senate, AJ Nicholson, this afternoon blasted two Opposition Senators for what he says is their conduct in parliament.

Senator Nicholson delivered his salvo against Marlene Malahoo Forte and Kamina Johnson Smith as the Senate deliberated on a bill which proposes to give a convict the right to appeal a mandatory sentence.

Cecil Thoms has more:


A visibly annoyed Senator Nicholson intervened as Opposition Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte called for a divide on a clause in the bill which was being piloted by Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding.

For two consecutive weeks, Senate President Floyd Morris has refused to allow questions from Opposition Senator, Kamina Johnson Smith to be tabled in parliament.

The questions related to the treatment of children and spending by the Youth Ministry on programmes for young people.

Senator Morris says it was his judgement that the Opposition Spokesperson could find the information she was seeking in the estimates of expenditures and related documents.

But Senator Johnson Smith contended that all the information may not be readily available.

Johnson Smith also insisted that questions regarding the crucial matter of the well being of the nation’s children should be treated with greater sensitivity by the Senate President.

This afternoon, Senator Nicholson lashed out at Senator Johnson Smith.

He suggested that the Opposition Senator should call a press conference to have her questions aired.