Independent senators had high praise for the inaugural address of President Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona.
Independent Senator Helen Drayton said the new President gave an excellent address which touched on every critical issue facing the society.
She said the President set the right tone for the occasion.
"I identify strongly with everything that he has said. And I think it is a very decisive intervention in the context of the tone and content of this speech for the future."
Drayton added that the issue was whether the country would be guided by what he said at Monday's inauguration ceremony at Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain.
"And of course he spoke about children, and once you are advocating for children, you are advocating for a better future and you are advocating what is the right formula as well in terms of the situation with crime," Drayton stated.
She said the President spoke about the need for collaboration when he made reference to the harmony of the steelband, the NGOs working on behalf of the communities, the professional bodies.
"I think yes, greater collaboration is needed across the society, across the leadership... dialogue, common sense and persuasion, and I think that his speech went to the heart of that," she said
Independent Senator James Armstrong said the President's address was "fantastic".
"I expected no less from the President who is a great man and who would do great things.
"He showed his strength and he also related us to the law in terms of what he can and can't do," said Armstrong.