UPDATED: Floyd Morris walks out of Senate after Johnson Smith's comment over his Phd
Opposition senator Floyd Morris on Friday afternoon walked out of the sitting of the Upper House after the government brought new amendments to the Bill which he was unable to read because of his visual impairment.
The Government today brought 23 pages of amendments to the National Identification and Registration Act.
This prompted Senator Morris to request an adjournment so that the material could be converted into a format which he could access.
Leader of Government Business, Kamina Johnson Smith responded saying she did not think it would have been difficult for Senator Morris to follow.
"They are not complicated and Senator Morris, having recently completed your PhD and having also written your autobiography, I hesitate to think that it would be too much to ask for us to work through, " she said.
But that suggestion was not taken lightly.
"I take objection to the reference because I can't understand what relevance or what moment does the issue of my PhD. have to do with the list of amendments that is there," Morris retorted.
Senator Johnson Smith later withdrew the comment.
However, she insisted the debate must continue, at which point Senator Morris walked out.
Morris last week graduated with his doctorate degree from the University of the West Indies.
*Note: Johnson Smith did not use the words "you to read" to end the quote attributed to her. Instead, she ended with the words "for us to work through".