Newly appointed Antigua and Barbuda Labor Party Senator Aziza Lake has reminded Senators of the significance of their roles in the Upper House and the impacts they have on the lives of Antiguans and Barbudans.
Lake, who officially took her place during Tuesday 2017 Budget Debate reminded senators on both sides of the bench that their positions on the Senate should not only enhance their individual lives but enhance the lives of residents.
According to Lake, Senators should be passionate about laws debated in the Upper House.
“Let us not forget why we are here, not simply to advance our own interest but to remember that the laws we create here affect the lives of residents of Antigua and Barbuda..that we must do good by them. Aristotle, a wise man he may be, once said “law is reason free form passion,” but I would have to respectfully disagree with the great philosopher.
We have to be passionate about what we do here, if we aren’t we fail to serve those that exist outside of this chamber,” she noted.
She also used the opportunity to call for a system to be implemented which would protect minors from convicted child offenders, noting that there are enough international examples for Antigua and Barbuda to follow.
“It is imperative that we implement laws that do a better job at protecting the vulnerable in our society and implement stricter punishment. What safety nets do we have for our children when a convicted molester is released from prison and resides in the vicinity of a school, church or playground where children are known to frequent.”
“Do we keep statistics on recidivism rates of offenders. Currently sex offender registry’s are in place in nineteen countries internationally and it is apparent that there is enough examples internationally for us to develop a system that will suit us,” she said.
The ABLP Senator, who was welcomed by other members of the Upper House, concluded by maintaining that equal protection for men and women should be provided under the laws of the country.