Fiji Time: 8:08 AM on Saturday 22 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Youths voice concerns

Tevita Vuibau
Friday, June 27, 2014

YOUTHS of Fiji were able to address some of their more pressing concerns with Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during the National Youth and Sports Conference.

Issues such as disabled accessibility at voter centres, the absence of a Senate as well as more sports facilities for the Western Division were all brought up in discussions.

Responding to a question on the absence of a Senate, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum explained that the upper house had not fulfilled its purpose and was an added expense for taxpayers.

"You have to know why the Senate was created in the first place. The Senate was created because there were not enough protection in the former constitution regarding land rights and the Senate was never elected, it was always selected."

He explained in the previous system, there were 71 seats in parliament and 36 in the Senate which added up to more than 100 seats for a population of less than 900,000.

"Compare that with New Zealand, a country with a population of 4.5 million people also has, like in our new Constitution, no Senate but it has about 124 seats in Parliament — 4.5 million people — 124 seats in Parliament.

"Now Fiji with not even 900,000 people had over one hundred people representing 890,000."

He said there were also undue expenses and the Bainimarama government had passed more laws in five years than the Senate managed to.

He also gave his assurances to Western youths that plans were in the pipeline for an all weather track for Churchill Park, adding he had engaged in talks with Lautoka special administrator Praveen Bala.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65020.6312
JPY 51.786748.7867
GBP 0.39950.3915
EUR 0.44950.4375
NZD 0.68980.6568
AUD 0.64760.6226
USD 0.49350.4765



Exchange Rate updated on 21st October, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. 'I heard Soko screaming in pain'
  2. NFP wants Khan probe
  3. PM praises Key
  4. Christian values taken out of proportion, says padre
  5. Citizens report TV program to Police
  6. Twist at FHL meet
  7. Health issues prompt Khan's resignation
  8. School zoning
  9. Chand chases childhood dream
  10. EU ready to give $67.5m

Top Stories this Week

  1. Former flight attendant invests in farming business Wednesday (19 Oct)
  2. Calls for USP vice chancellor to step down Tuesday (18 Oct)
  3. A daughter's sacrifice Thursday (20 Oct)
  4. A gambler's wife Saturday (15 Oct)
  5. Rugby offer Monday (17 Oct)
  6. Dad's cry for justice Tuesday (18 Oct)
  7. 'I never knew Soko' Thursday (20 Oct)
  8. Hero's welcome Wednesday (19 Oct)
  9. 18 workers on the run Tuesday (18 Oct)
  10. My heart cries out Monday (17 Oct)