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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Wednesday, October 29, 1980

Government attacks Reddy 'smear'

THE Government accused Opposition leader Jai Ram Reddy of "indulging in a political smear of the worst kind". His claim at Ba that some tenants of Crown land would eventually be evicted from it to make way for Fijians who did not have enough land of their own. Speaking in the senate on behalf of the prime minister, Senator Wesley Barrett said Mr Reddy had not checked his facts. Mr Reddy told the NFP convention at Ba that he had been "alarmed" to discover that under a section of the Native Lands Ordinance about 62,240 acres of Crown land would be transferred to Fijian mataqali said to have inadequate land of their own.

Tabua urges train service to Suva

A GREAT Council of Chief nominee Senator Inoke Tabua suggested to the Senate that the Suva-Nausori road needed a train service to cater for people going to and from work daily to alleviate congestion during peak hours. Senator Tabua said thousands of people travelled daily from Tailevu, Rewa, Naitasiri, Nausori and Nasinu to work in Suva and arrived late at work because of the congestion. He said one could not believe the ministry responsible for the road would be just watching without doing anything at all.

Thursday, October 29, 1970

HART gives heart

A HOUSING scheme for shack dwellers has been established by the Housing Assistance and Relief Trust (HART). The trust is sponsored by the Fiji Council of Churches and was incorporated as a charity trust in June, 1970. Its aim is to provide houses for destitute families. A trustee of HART, David Thompson said they would acquire 24 sites for building at Wainibuku, about eight miles from Suva, Newtown, Nasinu and other subdivisions.

Fund requests life policies,

more members

Parliament will be asked to approve the operation of a life insurance scheme within the Fiji National Provident Fund. It will also be asked to open the fund to volunteer members. The fund's manager, HS Robinson said the life insurance scheme would mean that fund members, except those who had withdrawn and then re-entered, would pay a premium of $5 a year. The money would be deducted from their normal contributions.

Job problems in Rotuma

ROTUMA has a developing unemployment problem, but the Rotuma Co-operative Association, which dominates the island's commercial life is trying to combat it. The association has 800 shareholders and operates 18 branch shops, with its main store and headquarters at Noatau. Honorary manager of the association, Wilson Inia said more young people were returning to Rotuma each year after completing their education in Suva.

Saturday, October 29, 1960

Mr Lakshman's motion in

council fails to find a seconder

A MOTION put forward by BD Lakshman in the Legislative Council was lost for lack of a seconder. It called for the Government to "take immediate steps to provide financial aid for the sugarcane farmers at the lowest rates of interest to tide them over between harvests and to enable them to free themselves from unscrupulous money lenders and store keepers". He was twice advised by the Speaker of the House, Maurice Scott, he would not be allowed to continue if he did not confine his remarks to material relevant to his motion.

Stabilisation fund

settlement for Nausori area

THE Legislative Council, in a brief extraordinary session, passed a Bill to change the conditions of payment benefits from the Sugar Price Stabilisation Fund in the Nausori area. The Bill arose from the motion passed at the last regular session of the Council.

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