Politics

Singh: Ministers ‘scurrying’ to Nadi for votes

Aspiring National Federation Party candidate Prem Singh claims Government ministers are “scurrying to Nadi” because of the significant number of Indo-Fijian votes in the Jet Set Town. Speaking at a meeting in Malolo on Monday...

FLP attacks A-G – Sayed-Khaiyum ‘campaigning for votes at public expense

The Attorney-General is “campaigning for votes at public expense” by attending prefects’ induction ceremonies at schools, says Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. He said the same tactics were used by the A-G in the build-up to the 2018 polls. “It is a blatant case of abuse of authority for Attorney-General Sayed-Khaiyum to be campaigning...

Voter registration drive to begin in NZ this week

Teams from the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) will be travelling to New Zealand tomorrow May 19, 2022 to conduct voter registration. The FEO teams will be travelling to venues in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. The will conclude their registration drive on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Meanwhile, the FEO teams have provided voter services to 198...

16th May

Revenue available to service debt -A-G

Fiji has over 10 times more revenue available to service its debt, says Economy Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He made the comment in Parliament last week in response to an oral questions asked to him by the Assistant Minister for iTaukei Affairs Selai Adimaitoga. Ms Adimaitoga in her oral questions asked Mr Sayed-Khaiyum to...

Kumar: Action against children roaming streets

Education Minister Premila Kumar says if children are roaming the streets during school hours then relevant authorities including police will take action. She made the comment in Parliament on Friday in response to a supplementary question by Opposition MP Ro Teimumu Kepa who asked the minister to bring issues such as young teenagers and children...

Recovery sooner than expected – Koya

Reports from all the tourism operators are that the corporate group travel has recovered sooner than expected, Minister for Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya told Parliament last week. He said Fiji has back-to-back corporate groups from Australia and hundreds were arriving for five to six-day itineraries and during their stay they were actually engaging in...

Kava to Australia rakes in $3.4m

As of this month Fiji has already exported around a total of 30.4 metric tonnes of kava to Australia earning around $3.4 million. This was revealed in Parliament by Agriculture Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy who also stated that there are 146 exporters where Fiji is not the only country. He said there were other countries...

Health Ministry carries out larvae surveys

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services from February to April this year carried out larvae surveys in 22 subdivisions and municipal councils where 2473 households were inspected. And during this larvae survey, Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said awareness on mosquito breeding sites were carried out and persons harbouring immature stages of mosquitoes at...

PM: Biman has baseless motions

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama accused Opposition member of Parliament and National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad for always coming up with baseless motions for money-wasting ideas so that he can “shilly-shally” and idle away the nation’s time. Prof Prasad moved a motion that Parliament authorises the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs to assess the...

13th May

Warid stands for children

I am tired of being told that no Fijian is being left behind because I see people suffering every day, says Liliana Pareti Warid. One of 12 provisional candidates of The People’s Alliance party, Mrs Warid believes Fijians need to stand up for the change they have been crying out for, especially for their future...

PA to lift imposed restrictions on VC

The People’s Alliance party will lift all restrictions imposed on University of the South Pacific’s vice chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia. Responding to comments made by Attorney-General Aiyaz SayedKhaiyum on regionalism, PA leader Sitiveni Rabuka said their government would always respect the rule of law and administrative justice. “Fiji’s Minister for Economy, has recently spoken about...

Former magistrate to stand for election

Former Nadi Magistrate Siromi Turaga’s provisional candidacy for The People’s Alliance party was announced on the second anniversary of the end of his contract with the judiciary. While speaking at the announcement of 12 provisional candidates in Nadi on Monday, he said May 9 would hold a significant place for him and his family. “You...

State to assist farmers with new leases

Canegrowers who seek to convert their sugarcane leases to agricultural leases to plant other crops or for residential purposes will get the necessary assistance from the Government. Speaking on the ministry’s plans to revitalise the sugar industry in Parliament on Tuesday, Prime Minister and Minister for Sugar Industry Voreqe Bainimarama said they would work with...

Price rise to hit families ‘hard’

A 58-year-old security officer couldn’t stop his tears when he heard that the price of bread and biscuits as well as bus fare were increasing. Speaking to The Fiji Times Sivaniolo Ralago, of Kalekana Settlement in Lami, said he was already finding it hard to support his family. “I don’t know how I will support...

‘Return mahogany plantations’

The time has come for mahogany plantations to be returned to its landowners, says SODELPA leader Viliame Gavoka. He said this during debate on the ‘Review of the 2018-2019 Audit Report on the Government Commercial Companies, Commercial Statutory Authorities and Other Entities and the 2018-2019 Audit Report on Statutory Authorities (Consolidated Report) in Parliament. “We...

Locals vandalise Vunisea jetty

The jetty in Vunisea, Kadavu, was vandalised by locals right after it was fixed following damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Harold. Minister for Infrastructure Jone Usamate mentioned this while answering MP Aseri Radrodro’s question on the condition and availability of public convenience facilities at jetties and wharves around the country. He said the plumbing got...

MP: Stay away from opportunists

Newly sworn in parliamentarian Mere Samisoni warned voters to stay away from “opportunists” and those who, “jumped from one party to another”. In her maiden speech in the House yesterday, she said it was the “ultimate crime for leaders” to be elected into public office and not complete their term and people should not vote...

12th May

A-G: 43 villages to be relocated to higher ground

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says 43 villages have been identified in Fiji for relocation to higher ground. He made this comment while responding to query from MP Viam Pillay on the update of the Fiji National University –Monash University Joint Pacific Island Countries Climate Change Research Centre in Parliament yesterday. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said in order to...

Fertiliser price ‘doubled’

Post pandemic, the price of fertiliser has almost doubled, says Prime Minister and Minister for Sugar Industry Voreqe Bainimarama. Deliberating on the ministry’s plans to revitalise the sugar industry in Parliament on Tuesday, Mr Bainimarama said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has since exacerbated the situation with international sanctions on Belarus which is the supplier of...

$350m project loan amount

The total loan amount provided under the Transport Infrastructure Investment Sector Project by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and World Bank is $350 million. Infrastructure Minister Jone Usamate said this while speaking during the debate on “Review of the 2017-2018 Whole of Government Audit Reports (Consolidated Report)” in Parliament on Monday. He said $121 million...

43pc canefarmers small growers – PM

Forty-three per cent of canegrowers in the country are small growers, cutting less than 100 tonnes of cane per year. Speaking on the ministry’s plans to revitalise the sugar industry in Parliament, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the growers often grew other crops to subsidise their income. “That is why we created the option for...

Ministry giving ‘overused’ stray horses to farmers

Opposition MP Inosi Kuridrani said the Minister for Agriculture had been giving overworked stray horses to farmers. He made the comment while responding to Dr Mahendra Reddy’s ministerial statement in Parliament yesterday. Mr Kuridrani said the Ministry of Agriculture had not done enough to revitalise the economy to improve the standard of living. He said...

‘Let the civil servants run the country’

Government operations should be handed over to civil servants now that we are in an election year, says Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre coordinator Shamima Ali. Speaking during a news conference in Suva with FRIEND Fiji director Sashi Kiran on the latest estimates of Fiji’s poverty situation by the World Bank, she said good governance and...

Samisoni sworn in as Opposition MP

Businesswoman Mere Naulumatua Samisoni was sworn in this morning as the newest Opposition Member of Parliament. Ms Samisoni was sworn in under the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) succeeding Niko Nawaikula who lost his seat in Parliament and now ruled out of contesting the 2022 General Election. She holds a Doctorate and Master’s degree in...

11th May

People’s Alliance announces 12 provisional candidates

Twelve new provisional candidates for The People’s Alliance have been announced by the party to contest the 2022 General Election. The provisional candidates join 12 others announced earlier this month, taking the total tally of hopefuls to 24. The provisional candidates announced last night are: former magistrate Siromi Turaga former Ministry of Agriculture deputy permanent...

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