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What the politicians say

Margaret Wise
Saturday, July 05, 2014

Food prices - PDP will address this issue in our manifesto which will be released on July 12, 2014.

Education - It is not good enough to say there is free education when in fact that is false. It is free tuition and there are more costs involved when you talk about education and this includes paying for school uniforms, lunches and books. Secondly, the education system needs to be geared more towards the needs of our society. People's Democratic Party will provide more resources towards skills-based training for students while they are in high school among other plans which will be released in our manifesto.

Unemployment - The high unemployment rate in Fiji today clearly shows us the Khaiyum/Bainimarama government's complete failure in looking after ordinary Fijians. All their talk about progress, job creation and looking after the interest of workers is nothing more than cheap lies. In fact, this government has terminated more jobs and sent people home in the name of progress. This government has spoken about job creations at every opportunity but has in fact done more the opposite by adding more people to the unemployment lines. Record high unemployment and the reasons behind the numbers. The unemployment figures are at an all time record high and continue to grow steadily.

Sugar - The sugar industry was harvesting about 4.5 million tonnes of cane around 2006 and the latest figures for 2013 show that about 1.5 million tonnes was harvested. The drop clearly indicates that the sugar industry is in crisis and needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency. PDP will address this issue in our manifesto, which will be released on July 12, 2014.

Small business - Small business must be encouraged, supported and sustained. Unfortunately, the government has been very unfriendly towards small businesses. PDP will address this issue in our manifesto which will be released on July 12, 2014.

Roads, water supply - PDP will address this issue in our manifesto which will be released on July 12, 2014.


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