A-G explains need for expats

A LOCAL who was formerly the manager hedging for Fiji Airways, made a loss of $96m and $76m in two consecutive years for incorrect hedging. This was revealed in Parliament by Acting Prime Minister and...

Removal notice issued for Sinu-i-Wasa 3

A REMOVAL notice has been issued to the owner of the passenger vessel Sinu-I-Wasa 3 that ran aground in Levuka, Ovalau, two years ago. While responding to an oral question by Opposition Member of Parliament, Ro Kiniviliame Kiliraki on Government’s commitment to remove the sunken vessel at the Levuka wharf, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport...

State fails the poor: MP Nawaikula

OUTSPOKEN Opposition Member of Parliament Niko Nawaikula yesterday claimed that Government had failed the poor of this country. He made this comment while delivering his end of week statement in Parliament on the formalisation of informal settlements in Fiji. “If it (Government) cannot provide a sense of security, then it should step aside and let...

Parliament learns role of Suva Radio 3DP coastal station

THE Suva Radio 3DP Radio Coastal Station broadcasts maritime safety information to ships within Fiji waters. Fiji’s Minister for Defence and National Security Ratu Inoke Kubuabola informed Parliament of this yesterday while responding to Government MP Mataiasi Niumataiwalu’s oral question. Mr Niumataiwalu had asked Ratu Inoke on the functions of the 3DP Coastal Radio Station....

Taxi colour-coded plates to assist enforcement: Kumar

THE purpose of the zone coding number plates is to ensure transparency and to assist enforcement operations. Fiji’s Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Kumar clarified this in Parliament today after a question was posed to him from the Opposition MP Aseri Radrodro who asked if the minister could advise the...

Politicians urged to stop using e-ticketing as a political football

POLITICIANS have been urged to stop using the electronic ticketing platform as a political football. Fiji Bus Operators Association president Richard Lal made this comment in a statement issued today, in response to questions and answers among MPs in Parliament about perceived problems with the e-transport system. Mr Lal, however, encouraged the politicians to contribute...

Bill passed

AN academic has questioned the purpose of Fiji’s new Information Act which was passed in Parliament last night.

Dr Reddy: Need to update legislation and policies

LEGISLATION and policies need to be updated in order to address the flooding issue in the country, says Minister for Waterways Dr Mahendra Reddy.

Rural youths can access driving lessons: Tuitubou

RURAL youths interested in learning to drive may be able to access driving lessons out of the Ministry of Youth’s district training programs. According to the Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou, there are some pathways for skills training that is designed in consultation with youths at the tikina (district) level. Mr Tuitubou made...

Protocol, a means for cultures to relate to each other: Haddad

PROTOCOL is not an indulgence of itself, it is a meaning for which people of all cultures can relate to each other. This was the message highlighted by the Deputy New Zealand High Commissioner, Halia Haddad, at the conclusion of the Trainers for Training in protocol and consular services held in Suva yesterday. Ms Haddad...

Rotuma senior citizens welcome Parliament bus program

THE Parliament Bus program has been commended by the senior citizens on the island of Rotuma because it is the first time for most of them to learn different roles of the Standing Committees, the Members of Parliament and how laws are made. A statement issued by the Parliament Civic Education and Media Unit said...

Address landowners’ business opportunities: Gavoka

SOCIAL Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) parliamentarian Viliame Gavoka says while he acknowledged the Government’s assistance in resolving land ownership concerns raised by Vaturu Dam landowners, there was a need to look at other areas concerning the issue. Speaking in Parliament on Monday this week, Mr Gavoka said iTaukei landowners were initially informed that they would...

High import bill worsened by disaster

DAMAGE to the country’s agricultural sector following natural disaster spanning as far back as 2011 has been the reason for continued high imports.

Ratepayer issues referred to Government

SOME decision making on issues affecting ratepayers are referred to the Ministry of Local Government by the administrators and chief executive officers of municipalities.

Government aware of metal and machinery on Sigatoka river bank

THE Government is aware of the metal and machinery lying on the Sigatoka River banks. Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Kumar made this known in Parliament yesterday after a supplementary question was posed to him from the Opposition side. Opposition MP Niko Nawaikula had asked Mr Kumar if the Minister...

University commended for graduate program

THE University of the South Pacific has been commended for undertaking the initiative to invite employers to have sessions with potential graduates to help them groom for work opportunities.

Parliament Order Paper May 15

Prayer Confirmation of Minutes. The Leader of the Government in Parliament to move – “That the Minutes of the sitting of Parliament held on Monday, 14 May 2018, as previously circulated be taken as read and be confirmed.”  Communications from the Chair  Presentation of papers and certain documents Presentation of reports of committees Questions (see...

Parliament: Tribute to legacy of Girmitiyas

THE VAST majority of young people know Fiji is a nation of many cultures, many ethnicities and many perspectives.

Parliament: Call for change to drivers license, denied

GOVERNMENT will not change minimum requirements for entry into the Fiji Police Force to accommodate rural youths who do not know how to drive.

Parliament: Sigatoka business community had raised river issues earlier

THE business community in Sigatoka had raised the issues of the Sigatoka River banks to previous governments on the danger of soil erosion.