Jearlean says she meant no harm and is spared from Privileges Committee

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Jearlean says she meant no harm and is spared from Privileges Committee

Opposition Senator Jearlean John has apologised to Independent Senator Dr Maria Dillon-Remy, the President of the Senate, and her fellow Senators for the criticism made of the Independent bench.

In last Tuesday’s Newsday, headlined ‘Jearlean John upset at Independents’ vote on the Procurement Bill’, John had complained about Dillon-Remy voting for the government bill, and the other independents abstaining instead of voting against it.

Following her comments, Independent Senator Paul Richards brought a contempt motion against John for her remarks.

However, in the senate yesterday, John said she meant no harm or ill will.

Following John’s statement, Senate President Christine Kangaloo said: “In light of the personal explanation proffered by Senator John earlier, I will not be referring Senator John to the Committee of Privileges. In this particular case, Senator John’s personal explanation has enabled this Senate to avoid having to pursue this matter further.”

Kangaloo added, “It is of course not only eminently sensible but it is the duty and responsibility of all honourable senators to avoid making statements which can be interpreted as constituting improper reflections on the character and conduct of the members of this Senate or which otherwise might have the tendency to bring this Senate and its members into disrepute.”