Parliament

NMP Anthea Ong pushes for more urgent measures taken to combat climate change and redistribute food waste to charity

On Wednesday (4 September), the Resource Sustainability Bill was passed in Parliament. The Bill entails regulations to reduce food, electronic waste as well as packaging, given that Singapore’s sole landfill at Pulau Semakau is expected to run out of space by 2030. Under the Bill, it will be compulsory for large food waste generators to segregate and treat their food …

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Lawrence Wong: Funding up to S$100b to combat climate change could be gathered from borrowing, ministry budgets and reserves

On Tuesday (3 September), Second Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong revealed in Parliament that it would be possible for the Government to fund S$100 billion needed for climate change measures by using a combination of borrowing, ministry budgets and reserves. “We will need a combination of funding methods to finance the various climate change adaption measures,” Mr Wong said. Mr …

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NMP Anthea Ong calls for an end to mechanical restraints, encourages more preemptive support programmes for troubled families and increase kinship care in foster system

On Tuesday (3 September), Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee presented the Children and Young Persons (Amendment) Bill for debate. The proposed changes in the Act, which was last amended in 2011, include increasing the age limit to protect children below 18, instead of the current age of 16. This means authorities are given the rights to intervene …

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WP MP Leon Perera notes only 8 per cent of declassified govt documents in National Archives accessible online, calls for freer access

The government should grant greater, “freer” access to declassified government documents in the National Archives, said Workers’ Party Non-Constituency Member of Parliament Leon Perera. “The declassification of British colonial government documents relating to Singapore from the 1950s and 1960s provided a valuable resource for historians and others seeking to better understand that period in our nation’s history. “I urged that …

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Investments in Amaravati project “commercially confidential”, but no state funds used: S. Iswaran

While investments made by the Singapore companies involved in the joint project between Singapore and Andhra Pradesh to develop capital city Amaravati in India are “commercially confidential”, Minister-in-charge of trade relations S Iswaran on Tue (3 Sep) said that no state expenditure was involved in the project. Iswaran was responding to supplementary questions from Workers’ Party Non-Constituency Member of Parliament …

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Gender-neutral premiums, transparency, and rebate mechanisms – MP Edwin Tong’s response to WP MP Leon Perera’s questions on the CareShield Life Bill

On Monday (2 Sept), the CareShield Life Bill was passed in Parliament after its second reading, making it compulsory for Singaporeans born in 1980 or after to pay CareShield life insurance fees starting 2020. For those born in the year 1979 or earlier, the premium is optional. Future cohorts will join when they turn 30. CareShield Life is an insurance …

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Parliamentary questions for 3 September 2019

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, 3 September 2019, for the 110th session of the 13th Parliament. *35 oral questions and 12 written question had been scheduled to be asked. Four Government Bills will be read for the 2nd time: Resource Sustainability Bill [Bill No. 20/2019] – (Minister for the Environment and Water Resources) – Second …

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Protectionism impractical for S’pore’s progress, foreign talent still integral in developing local technology: Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing

Insular, “protectionist” measures against skilled foreign workers will not serve Singapore’s growth in the long run as an economy that has long thrived on an “open-door” policy, particularly in light of a global shortage of tech talent supply, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing. Responding to a supplementary question by West Coast GRC Member of Parliament Patrick Tay …

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Parliamentary questions for 2 September 2019

The Singapore Parliament will sit at 12:30pm on Monday, 2 September 2019, for the 109th session of the 13th Parliament. *71 oral questions and 35 written question had been scheduled to be asked. At the commencement of Public Business, 2 Government Bills will be introduced: Maintenance of Religious Harmony (Amendment) Bill. – (Minister for Home Affairs). Income Tax (Amendment) Bill. …

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