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No work done by Parliament to address violence against women, children

Published:Thursday | December 15, 2016 | 12:29 AM

It appears the Government will not deliver on its promise this year to review laws to punish more severely, the perpetrators of violence against women and children.

The issue has re-ignited with the murder of four women in three weeks with all but one case featuring the women’s ex-lovers as the attackers.

In July, following the murder of three-year-old Nevalesia Campbell in St Ann, Gender Affairs Minister Olivia Grange told the Lower House that a joint select committee was to be reconvened to review the Offences Against the Person Act, the Sexual Offences Act, the Child Care and Protection Act and the Domestic Violence Act.

On December 6, that’s five months later, Leader of Government Business Derrick Smith tabled a motion in the House, naming several MPs to the committee to be chaired by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck.

The Parliament has advised that a similar motion will be tabled in the Senate, which is to meet tomorrow.

But Opposition Spokesman on Justice Mark Golding says even if the Senate appoints its members tomorrow, it not likely that the committee will start meeting before 2017.

He also said he cannot understand why it has taken the Government 10 months to re-establish the Joint Select Committee.