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Need for new ideas

Shalveen Chand
Saturday, August 23, 2014

THE Fiji United Freedom Party is the smallest political party that will be contesting the September 17 General Election but they have new ideas which Fijians will embrace.

FUFP has three candidates vying for seats in parliament.

Party co-leader Nayagodamu Korovou said Fiji needed new minds that could create authentic ideas that would improve lives of ordinary Fijians.

"We believe in existing policies and may not be a good idea to totally take things out," he said.

Mr Korovou said party initiatives included free education, allowance for Year 13, increase in teacher pay and reduction in class size.

"It is good that the land has been developed and landowners have consented to the use of their land but we believe that it can be improved further," he said.

FUFP proposes 15 cabinet ministers, one for each province including Rotuma if they come into power and a new Ministry of Religion and Overseas Deployments.

"We will reduce ministerial salary by 50 per cent and this money will be given to the needy.

"All religious groups will have a grant of $10 per head for each of their church members every year.

"All religious groups that believe in tithe, its members will be able to deduct straight from employment source to their respective church accounts.

"Members' approval will be needed. All tithe paid to the religious groups can be claimed with the PAYE return with 100 per cent refund.

"Government will provide standard plans and contractors for village and settlement improvement projects for housing. Affordable housing loans will be provided."

On workers rights, FUFP said no government worker would be laid off unless approved by the Prime Minister's office on the recommendation of permanent secretaries.

"We will use 40 per cent of VAT income in reducing the cost of living and bring back basic tax for all workers.

"Reduce water and electricity bill by 50 per cent by increasing an amount of unit that is free and over that amount, customer will have to pay."

FUFP is optimistic that despite their small number, they will be part of the next government.

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