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Senate begins debate on disabilities bill

Published:Friday | October 3, 2014 | 10:10 PM

The Disabilities bill is one step closer to becoming law.



The bill was passed in the lower house of parliament in July.



The Senate began debate on the long awaited bill this morning.



The Disabilities bill proposes, among other things, that no employer should discriminate against a person on the grounds of disability if the person is qualified for the job.



The bill also makes provision for persons with a disability to be entitled to the enjoyment of privileges, interest, benefits and treatments as every other Jamaican.



Opening the debate this morning, Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding said while the bill will provide a robust and internationally compliant framework for removing barriers and addressing discrimination, Jamaica must also change its attitude to the disabled.



Meanwhile, Opposition Senator, Tom Tavares-Finson says the Jamaica Labour Party fully supports the legislation.



However, he questioned how parliament could be debating a bill which requires that businesses are accessible by the disabled when Gordon House is not wheel chair accessible.



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