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Government architect to face public accounts committee
Lawrence Brady central figure in fake cheques affair
Government architect Lawrence Brady is to face the Public Accounts Committee to answer questions about the financial management of capital projects such as the Dame Lois Browne-Evans court and police building. Government PAC member Susan Jackson asked the committee to invite Brady to attend following testimony by former public works minister Derrick Burgess on 26…...
Burgess: fake cheques affair mishandled
Progressive Labour Party MP Derrick Burgess has harshly criticised former Auditor General Heather Jacob Matthews for her handling of her 2011 legal expenses probe. And he reported that then Premier Paula Cox was aware of the existence of two fraudulent cheques purportedly written in his and former Premier Ewart Brown’s name but did not inform him…...
OBA supports PLP stance in legal expenses row with Auditor General
says the then Government was right in refusing access to legally privileged communication
Government agrees that the former Progressive Labour Party government was correct in refusing the Auditor General access to legally privileged information, when she investigated what she believed to be a misuse of public funds in 2011. In a 2014 report the Public Accounts Committee recommended that the Auditor General should have access to all Government…...
MPs: civil service culture draining public coffers
Lawmakers from both sides of the political divide lamented a civil service culture of “non-accountability” which enables mismanagement of taxpayer funds in a debate on Friday. But considerable progress has been made in investigations of allegations of wrongdoing during the Progressive Labour Party’s tenure as government, despite obstacles presented by the same culture, Attorney General Trevor Moniz…...
Stop cherry picking human rights – Crockwell
Debate on protecting people with mental health challenges surfaces other issues
Bermuda’s lawmakers have amended human rights legislation to outlaw discrimination against people with mental health challenges and broaden existing provisions which prohibit publication of discriminatory notices. But MPs were reminded during the debate on the amendments on Friday that the laws impacting human rights and mental illness still have a way to go. Newly minted backbencher Shawn Crockwell urged his parliamentary […]
Facts belie OBA unqualified audit boast
Internal financial controls lacking under both PLP and OBA governments
Finance Minister Bob Richards told the House of Assembly on Friday that the Consolidated Fund Financial Statements had received an unqualified opinion for the third consecutive year following six years of qualified opinions. The implication was clear – since the One Bermuda Alliance took over the reins of the Government, the Auditor General has had…...
Fresh anti-corruption measures ahead
Bermuda Government this morning announced plans to implement new anti-corruption and fraud laws. Attorney General Trevor Moniz said the measures – to be enshrined in two major pieces of legislation – will bring the island in line with global standards. A new Bribery Act will create four classes of offences – targeting those who offer bribes,…...
Lawmakers to debate prohibiting mental health discrimination
Live coverage of House of Assembly proceedings today - May 20, 2016
Bermuda’s lawmakers are set to debate new laws prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of mental health in housing, employment and the provision of goods and services. The Human Rights Amendment (No.2) Act 2016 was tabled in March and will be among a handful of measures debated later today. New Social Development Minister Sylvan Richards will introduce […]
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