Parliament

Cybercrime Bill goes to Parliament tomorrow

The government will take the controversial Cybercrime Bill to Parliament on Friday and will seek to have it go straight to a Joint Select Committee of Parliament before any attempts to have it passed.

The announcement was made by Attorney General Faris Al Rawi at today's post-Cabinet news conference.

The bill requires a three-fifth's majority of the House of Representatives to be passed.

Al Rawi said the government has had detailed meetings with the Media Association and Publishers and Broadcasters Association on it.

'FATCA' drags on; Opposition demands more time, Government accedes

The country must wait another week to know the fate of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) legislation as the Government acceded to the Opposition's request for more time for the Joint Select Committee (JSC) to deliberate.

The Opposition told the Parliament that report of the JSC could only be considered as an interim report as it claimed there were many whose opinions were not yet considered.

Opposition MPs Dr Roodal Moonilal and Dr Tim Gopeesingh said the JSC's work was rushed by members of the Government who were on the committee.

House unanimously agrees to validate THA elections

The House of Representatives has passed legislation to validate the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) elections.

The bill was passed by a vote of 37 for, none against and no abstentions.

It received the support of the Opposition, which criticised the government, and in particular the prime minister and the attorney general, for what they described as the embarrassment of setting the THA election date and then seeking validation.

According to law, there must be 21 days from nomination day to polling day. However, only 20 days were set.

Imbert's "Come Outside" dare turns into "Come Inside" appeal

Finance Minister Colm Imbert has flipped the script from his famous dare to the Opposition in March 2015 to "Come Outside", to a call today for them to "Come Inside" as Opposition members stayed away from the House during debate on the controversial FATCA Bill.

"I appeal to them again, as I appealed in the past. I appeal to the Opposition members again, 'Come downstairs. Come Inside. Come Inside, Why are you outside?" Imbert said today while winding up debate on the legislation.

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