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'Need for talanoa'

Luke Nacei
Friday, March 09, 2018

THERE is clearly a need for talanoa not only in civil society, but also in the parliamentary system, says Opposition Member of Parliament Dr Mere Samisoni.

Dr Samisoni made this comment during her maiden speech in Parliament on Wednesday.

Dr Samisoni was sworn in on Wednesday, replacing Opposition Member, Ratu Sela Nanovo who died last month.

In her address, Dr Samisoni questioned Government on why there wasn't any talanoa in Parliament compared with what they preached during the 23rd Conference of Parties on Climate Change in Bonn, Germany last year.

"Madam Speaker, I ask today (Wednesday) where has talanoa gone, why is there no talanoa in the house," she said.

Dr Samisoni said the concept of talanoa would enable Members of Parliament to pool their resources and abilities as they seek bipartisan solutions to the pressing issues faced by the people of Fiji.

"If the Prime Minister wishes to protect the image he has promoted as a master of discussion and compromise, he must bring the talanoa spirit he took to Bonn into this House.

Dr Samisoni said talanoa was a home-grown process model that could be applied to solving many urgent challenges such as rehabilitating the sugar industry, rescuing the health system and expanding ICT.

"I would very much like to see an organised national talanoa underway to address the crisis in our environment which I can only describe as a big disgrace and a national shame. Our country is plagued and scarred by heaps of garbage, rubbish and junk all over the place," she claimed.

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