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$84m uni deal

Ana Madigibuli
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

FOLLOWING a partnership agreement, the Australian Government gave University of the South Pacific $A49million ( $F84m) yesterday.

The $84m will assist the university in carrying out its responsibility particularly in helping students from around the region in getting high standard learning experience.

Launching the partnership, Senator Brett Mason said people were the most important resource especially in the Pacific and would become good leaders when educated and nurtured properly.

Mr Mason also said he would have discussions with government ministers this week about engaging in issues about governance and the election in September.

"I will be meeting with ministers and government officials and one of the good things about Fijian people is that they're polite and very frank," the Senator said.

"So I think we will have a full frank discussion and we have a lot to talk about such as education and health which is an important issue for both Fiji and Australia."

The discussions will basically be on how Australia can assist Fiji.

On international election observers, Mr Mason said it would depend on what the Fiji government would like.

"I think it's a good one because everyone wants to see Fiji having a full, free and fair election," Mr Mason said.

"There are talks on it and it is on going like so many things in politics and I think it's a good idea and I think the Fiji Government like all of us understand and respect that elections should be seen as free and fair in Fiji or in Australia or anywhere else."

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