Labour questions ‘growth’

Part of the huge crowd at SODELPA's rally at the Lautoka Girmit Centre on Wednesday. Picture: FELIX CHAUDHARY

NINE years of economic growth does not mean anything if you cannot see it make a difference in your lives.

This was the message from Fiji Labour Party parliamentary leader and human rights lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh to residents of Taiperia settlement, Lautoka, during a rally there on Monday.

“The FijiFirst Government uses every opportunity to talk about nine straight years of economic growth but what does this actually mean when you don’t have access to quality health services,” he said.

“What does this mean if more than 300 babies — our sons and daughters — lost their lives because of poor sanitary conditions, diagnosis and a poor health care system. “Apart from the loss of your loved ones, there is also the loss to the nation as a whole.

“What does nine years economic growth mean when you go to the government pharmacy and medicines are not there.”

Mr Ravindra-Singh added that the FijiFirst Government’s focus on infrastructure at the expense of addressing key issues in the health sector and addressing food prices was another reason people needed to vote them out.

“There has to be a balance between providing good roads, improving employment opportunities and providing access to quality health and affordable food.

“If I ask you what would you prefer — good roads or a better health care system, everyone would agree with me that we need better health care and that has not happened under this Government over the past 12 years.”

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