Motion of contempt of Parliament brought against Jearlean John

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    Independent Senator Paul Richards has brought a motion of contempt of Parliament against Opposition Senator Jearlean John.

    It follows the passage of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property (Amendment) Bill, which was made possible by the vote of Independent Senator Dr. Maria Dillon-Remy.

    Senator John is quoted by media as harshly criticizing Dr Remy, while also condemning the decision of other Independent Senators to abstain.

    Mr Richards told the Parliament yesterday that the Independent Bench is not chosen based on allegiance to any party but based on their expertise and contribution to society.

    As such, he reminded that Independent Senators are free to vote based on their conscience and are protected by Parliamentary Privilege.

    Given this, he believes her comments are a violation of this principle, seeks to undermine the integrity of the Senator, and damages not only the Independent Bench but can also bring the Senate into disrepute.

    Senate President Christine Kangaloo will give her decision on the motion at the next sitting, carded for next week Tuesday.