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'Do the honourable thing'

Nasik Swami
Friday, May 23, 2014

FORMER prime minister Laisenia Qarase says Prime Minister and leader for the proposed FijiFirst organisation, Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama, should not wait for the registration of his proposed party before disclosing his annual salary.

Mr Qarase said the disclosure of ministerial salaries had nothing to do with the Political Parties Decree.

"It is the responsibility of the Prime Minister to reveal the details as demanded by the people of Fiji. The continuing non-disclosure can only fuel the rumours that remain unresolved," Mr Qarase said.

"Taxpayers throughout the country want to know the annual salaries of ministers, particularly those of the Prime Minister and the Attorney-General.

"They want to know whether they are being paid single annual salaries or multiple salaries."

He said the disclosure of assets and liabilities under the Political Parties Decree was a different exercise.

"Disclosure under this Decree will not reveal all the details of the salaries of ministers as demanded by the people of Fiji," Mr Qarase claimed.

"The taxpayers of Fiji are calling on the Prime Minister to do the honourable thing and disclose for public information the details of the salaries of ministers, mode of payment and other relevant details."

Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama said one of the political parties was distributing a flyer claiming he was earning a salary of $1.7million.

"They have done so without any fact, or proof or evidence. I do not earn $1.7m," he said.

Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama said members of the public would know his salary after the registration of the proposed FijiFirst organisation.

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