Cost of living

POLICIES on the cost of living in Fiji will be a big factor for political parties contesting the 2018 polls.

Four political parties that are looking forward to this year’s polls have come out with mixed views over the issue of cost of living, outlining their plans to get the attention of the voters.

The six registered political parties were asked the questions:

* What is your view on the status of the cost of living in Fiji?; and,

* How will your party address it?

The FijiFirst party and the Social Democratic Liberal Party did not respond to the questions when this edition went to press yesterday. Questions were sent to the parties via electronic mail (email) on Tuesday.

Responding to the questions, Unity Fiji party leader Savenaca Narube said the rise in the cost of living imposed a heavy burden on the people, especially the poor.

Fiji Labour Party parliamentary leader Aman Ravindra-Singh claims Government’s policies have pushed up the cost of living substantially.

National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad believes the party had a solution to ensure cost of living was permanently reduced by making several items VAT free.

Fiji United Freedom Party (FUFP) leader Jagath Karunaratne is of the view that if living was not a choice, then why was there cost associated with it.

* Response from political parties on pages 31, 32, 33

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