*Photo by Mikaela Pearman
*Photo by Mikaela Pearman

• Equality: Our existing Human Rights Act ‘no longer meets the standard for the 21st century’

• In this parliamentary session, Government will introduce a new broad based bill to include protection against discrimination on the basis of age and sexual orientation

• Bermuda Regiment: An expanded full time force and timeframe for end to conscription timeframe to be set out in 2013

• Bermuda is ‘poised to break the grip of seemingly unending’ recession

• ‘Bermuda has fought a good economic fight, as good as any country in the western hemisphere’

• A return to borrowing only for long-term capital projects

• Economic empowerment zones to be expanded

• ‘For most Bermudians, the only thing that maters is having a decent job’

• Aim to double the number of air arrivals in the next decade

•  A form of residency to be provided for tourists

• More than 340,000 cruise visitors expected in 2013, bringing $80m

• More concessions for tourism investors

• Introduction of a Bermuda Agriculture Strategy

• Airport to be utilized as a site for renewable energy

• Plan to transform Bermuda to ‘the world’s leading ‘blue economy’ —  including aquaculture, water tourism and exploring energy sources from water

• Government’s scholarship and grants system to be modernized

• Screening of two-year-olds to detect learning disabilities will be made mandatory

• Public asked to contribute ideas to cut health costs

• Children to be encouraged to become more active and take healthy snacks to school

• Government will look at punitive duties on junk food and tobacco

• Fast food places might have to display calorie counts

• 100% of cost of generic drugs to be covered by FutureCare. 80% of brand drugs to be covered

• Funding plan for sports clubs

• Sports Halls of Fame to be set up by each parish council

• A statue of Olympic boxer Clarence Hill to be erected

• Date to be set to re-open St George’s golf course and only Bermudians will do landscape work and run concessions

• The role of parish councils to be expanded ‘to re-ignite family spirit’

• BIU credit union to be provided with grant funding

• Seniors will make up 25% of our population by 2033

• A schedule of sightseeing opportunities to be created for seniors in rest homes

• Seniors interested in home ownership to be assessed for financial assistance

• Mirrors youth programme will be continued

• Fight against crime: ‘The progress is real and it can be measured’

• Crime overall has been going down over three years

• A Judicial Complaints Authority will explore abuse of power

• ‘Heart, grit and determination’ will carry Bermuda out of the financial crisis