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Adi Litia Cakobau’s insensitive remarks

The Fiji Labour Party strongly condemns the divisive and xenophobic motion titled “What’s in a name – Fijian”, in the Senate, which was moved by Senator Adi Litia Cakobau. As a mover of the motion is a government nominee, the…

McDonald heads Fiji Sugar Corporation

Agriculture Minister Jonetani Galuinadi, named the new FSC board on 29 June with Ross McDonald as the chairman. Mr. McDonald replaced Hafiz Khan, and a former Cabinet Minister Charles Walker was named as vice chairman. Other board members include former…

Deposed PM gives evidence at the trial of the country’s VP

Vice President, Ratu Jope Seniloli is standing trial in the High Court in Suva, alongside five others – Deputy Speaker of the Lower House, Ratu Rakuita Vakalalabure, Sports Minister Isireli Lewiniqila, Viliame Volavola, Viliame Savu and Peceli Rainikama. The charges…

GCC Chairman calls on Ratu Jope Seniloli to step down

Great Council of Chiefs, Chairman, Ratu Epeli Ganilau called on the Vice- President Ratu Jope Seniloli to resign after he was charged with administering unlawful oaths for allegedly swearing in members of George Speight’s cabinet in 2000. Simione Kaitani, the…

Top Methodist priest backed coup motives

Media reports that the Methodist Church supported the abrogation of the Constitution and the removal of the President. Media also reports of a document, written by Reverend Tomasi Kanailagi, who was a former president of the church and now a…

FLP wants 2001 poll investigated

The Fiji Labour Party has officially written to the Police Commissioner, Andrew Hughes, calling for an investigation into the 2001 General Election. The Party has called for an investigation into the 2001 General Elections after revelations that there were no…

SDL government announces racist education policy

The SDL Government has proposed an education blueprint to provide free education to all Fijian and Rotuman form 7 students, leaving non-indigenous students out of the scheme. Fijian and Rotuman students attending form seven will qualify to get full scholarship…

Economy

The Prime Minister’s forecasted 8 percent economic growth in 2004 is preposterous because experts are predicting otherwise. Mr. Sukhdev Shah, a former International Monetary Fund economist and currently a lecturer of Economics at University of the South Pacific, has predicted…

Doom predicted for Fiji’s economy

Mr. Sukhdev Shah, a former International Monetary Fund economist and currently a lecturer in the Economics department at University of the South Pacific, has predicted an economic doom for Fiji over the next two years unless the Government cuts its…

Tribute to Joeli Kalou

The Fiji Labour Party mourns the death of one of its founder members, Senator Joeli Kalou who passed away at the CWM Hospital at 4am today after a short illness. Mr. Kalou, educator, trade unionist and politician, was an executive…

Comment on Commonwealth Secretary General statement on Fiji

The Fiji Labour Party has questioned the statement by Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon that Fiji was taken off the Commonwealth Ministerial Group (CMAG) watchlist because of the progress made here in dealing with outstanding constitutional issues. “Obviously, Mr McKinnon has…

Army warns on amnesty Bill

The Fiji army has warned it will not stand by and let “power hungry individuals manipulate the process of the law to suit their hidden agendas”. The statement from army spokesman Captain Neumi Leweni comes in the wake of calls…

FLP disappointed with CMAG decision

The Fiji Labour Party expresses its disgust at CMAG’s decision to remove Fiji from its list of countries under monitor for human rights abuses. FLP questions the basis on which the CMAG decision was made considering that it did not…

Military chief to face investigation

Fiji Military Forces commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, will be investigated for allegations that he wanted to topple the government if his work contract was not to be renewed early this year. His Commander -in- Chief and President, Ratu Josefa Iloilo,…

Senator Bain criticised government tax deal for Fiji TV

The government’s intention, in the June sitting of Parliament, to introduce a Bill that offers exclusive tax exemption to Fiji Television has been strongly criticized by Labour Senator, Dr. ‘Atu Emberson-Bain. Senator Emberson-Bain says that the upcoming Income Tax (Amendment)…

NFU launches books on Girmit

The National Farmers Union has launched two historical publications to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the first Girmityas to Fiji on 14 May 1879: a souvenir magazine titled Girmityas and a book Children of the Indus which…

NFU wins cane growers polls

The National Farmers Union retained its majority support in the cane belt winning 22 of the 38 seats contested in the Sugar Cane Growers Council elections on Saturday, 24 April. It had increased its support by one seat compared to…

Talanoa VII

Mahendra Chaudhry the parliamentary leader of Fiji Labour Party and Laisenia Qarase the Prime Minister met on 14-15 April for the Seventh Talanoa since this dialogue series began in late 2000. Sugar industry reform and land were on the agenda…

Flash floods in Fiji

Floods have left a trail of destruction in Suva, Ra, Naitasiri and Northern Tailevu in the Easter weekend and Navua plus the southern coast of Viti Levu on Thursday the 15 April. The latest floods affected the Navua town and…

Squatters ignored by the Government – FLP comes to rescue

Nabua squatter settlement, on the outskirts of Suva Town was one of those areas’ that was severely damaged by the recent floods. The forty seven- families housed by the settlement have received no attention from the media or the government….

Obituary – Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara

It is with a deep sense of sorrow and personal loss that I received news of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara’s death . His passing away, at the age of 84, signifies the end of an era for our nation. Ratu…

Labour hits out at Qarase’s statement in NZ

The Fiji Labour Party today hit out at Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase’s statement in New Zealand which it described as highly charged with racial overtones. Mr Qarase’s statement covertly justifying the illegal overthrow of democratically elected Labour governments is despicable…

Labour hits out at Qarase’s statement in NZ

The Fiji Labour Party today hit out at Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase’s statement in New Zealand which it described as highly charged with racial overtones. Mr Qarase’s statement covertly justifying the illegal overthrow of democratically elected Labour governments is despicable…

FLP’s multi-party cabinet case

The claim by the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Mills Beddoes and Mr Prem Singh that the Cabinet case filed by the Fiji Labour Party is a political ploy to build up support for the 2006 General Elections is an…

FLP’s multi-party cabinet case

The claim by the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Mills Beddoes and Mr Prem Singh that the Cabinet case filed by the Fiji Labour Party is a political ploy to build up support for the 2006 General Elections is an…

Girmit Divas – 7-15 May 2004

The National Farmers Union (NFU) is organising celebrations to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the arrival in Fiji in 1879 of the first Indians, Girmityas, who served under the Indenture System. The celebrations are to be held in all major…

NLTB computer deal questionable – Labour

The Fiji Labour Party today expressed concern over media reports that NLTB has awarded tender for information technology services to an overseas company, Tui Consultancy, for over $21 millions dollars. In a statement issued today, former Attorney General in the…

Labour queries irregularities in sale of Daily Post

The sale of government shares in the Daily Post to what appears to be a bogus company, in blatant violation of tender requirements, raises some serious questions. The deal with Belmont Trading Ltd has been struck secretly without the sale…

Labour welcomes US State Department report on human rights

The Fiji Labour Party welcomed the Fiji Human Rights Practices Report prepared by the State Department of the United States for the US Congress and for highlighting the human rights problems that persist in Fiji. FLP Parliamentary Leader Mahendra Chaudhry…

Milk Monopoly a rip-off!

Fiji Labour Party today calls on the government to open up markets for the milk industry so that the problem of shortage can be solved immediately. Rewa Dairy has failed to meet the demand for milk in the country despite…

Talanoa Meeting

Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry resume their Talanoa talks, brokered by Hawaii based East-West Centre, Director, Dr Sitiveni Halapua. The talks begin tomorrow at the Sheraton Denarau Resort in Nadi and will end on…

US report attacks Fiji’s racial policies

Racism is a serious problem in Fiji. This assessment was made in the Fiji Human Rights Practises Report for 2003 prepared by State Department of the United States for the US Congress. It clearly highlights that an ethnic divide exists…

Security on Alert

The re-appointment of Army Commander, Commodore Voqere Bainimarama has created a lot of tension within the country. National security is at stake at present with intelligence report suggesting possible destabilisation of the country from within the Military. The rift between…

Labour in a Landslide Victory

Fiji Labour Party retained its Tavua Open Constituency seat in a landslide victory on Friday. FLP won the seat in the first count. In the one day poll, FLP’s Damodran Nair scooped the highest number of votes with 5997 votes,…

CEO appointments not merited – FLP Leader

The Fiji Labour Party says that the appointment of many current permanent secretaries as CEOs of respective government departments was unnecessary, unjustified and smacked of elitism and was clearly a case of mutton dressed as lamb. In a statement issued…

Labour condemns compromise of rule of law

Fiji Labour Party condemns the deferment of coup related cases against prominent personalities until February next year. Deputy Speaker Ratu Rakuita Vakalalabure, Vice President Ratu Jope Seniloli, Sports Minister Isireli Leweniqila, Viliame Savu, Peceli Rinakama and Viliame Volavola appeared in…

FLP pleased with by-election win

The Fiji Labour Party is very pleased with its landslide victory in the by-election for the Labasa Rural Indian Communal constituency seat. In the first ever one day poll, FLP’s Mohammed Rafiq scooped the highest number of votes with 4347…

Chaudhry protest removal of returning officer in Saturday polls

The Fiji Labour Party has lodged a strong protest with the Supervisor of Elections against his sudden decision to revoke the appointment DO Macuata Abdul Ayub as assistant returning officer for the Labasa Rural Indian Communal Constituency by-election a day…

Labasa By-Election

Eleven thousand voters go to the on Saturday polls in the by-election for Labasa Rural Indian Communal seat scheduled for Saturday 6 December made vacant by the death of Labour MP Latif Subedar. The five-way battle gets underway at 7am…

Korovou sentencing too lenient

Fiji Labour Party is concerned at the leniency shown in the sentencing Varinava Tiko and six others who were involved in the siege of Korovou town at the height of the 2000 political turmoil. The seven were sentenced by Nausori…

PM promises select committee on land

The Fiji Labour Party welcomes the decision by the Prime Minister to convene a parliamentary select committee early next year to resolve the land issue. This assurance by the Prime Minister was given in Parliament on Wednesday when he was…

FLP responds to NLTB and SCGC

The Fiji Labour Party will not accept any resolution to the land issue that does not guarantee long term security for farmers or denies their basic human rights, Labour Parliamentary Leader Mahendra Chaudhry said. He was responding to claims by…

Cost of 500 items up in 2004 Budget

The SDL government has increased duty by 5% on hundreds of food and everyday consumer items ranging from rice, tea, honey and biscuits to toothpaste and shoe polish in its 2004 Budget. The move, expected to increase government revenue by…

FLP Candidate for the Tavua Open Constituency

The Fiji Labour Party management board has unanimously endorsed Mr Damodran Nair as its candidate for the Tavua Open Constituency by-election. Mr Nair is a farm advisor with the Fiji Sugar Corporation, based in the Tagitagi sector. He has been with FSC…

2004 Budget – a failing economy

It is a disappointingly flat budget. The SDL government has run out of ideas on how to get Fiji’s economy back on track. The budget measures fail to address the serious problems facing our economy. The budget does little to…

Girmit Council representation to the Great Council of Chiefs

National Farmers Union has questioned the mandate of the Girmit Council and the chief executive of the Sugar Cane Growers Council to make representation to the Great Council of Chiefs on behalf of the Indian community. “The reported nature of…

Proposed Bill to Restructure the Sugar Industry

NFU has warned government to consult with it on its proposed restructure of the sugar industry or “face the consequences of its intransigence”. In a letter to the Minister for Agriculture, Sugar & Land Resettlement Hon Jonetani K Galuinadi last…

Sugar Industry Restructure Bill

National Farmers Union rejects outright the sugar industry restructure Bill which aims to repeal the existing Sugar Industry Act without any consultation with the NFU as the most representative cane farmers’ organisation. The Union warns that farmers will hold back…

ALTA v NLTA

Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase is being grossly dishonest by alleging that FLP is responsible for farmers not securing 50 year leases. “Where are these leases? What conditions are attached to it and when and where were they offered to farmers?”…

Response to PM Qarase’s allegations on multi-party cabinet

Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase does not fool anyone by proclaiming that FLP is to be blamed for keeping the Indian community out of his cabinet, said FLP parliamentary leader Mahendra Chaudhry. Mr Chaudhry was responding to allegations made by Mr…

Strong arm tactics used to blackmail Kabisi tenants

Labour Member of Parliament for Nadroga, Lekh Ram Vayeshnoi today warned the NLTB, the Sugar Cane Growers Council and the Fiji Cane Growers Association to stop using strong arm tactics for the renewal of land leases for the Crown Schedule…

FLP’s statement on Auditor General’s Report

The recent report by the Auditor General on the Accounts and Finances of the Government once again confirm that the Qarase government is incapable of managing public funds. The report highlights what the FLP has been saying since the first…

Chaudhry seeks relief for victims of drought

Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry has called on government to provide food rations, cash grant and crop rehabilitation measures to assist victims of the crippling drought. The relief was sought through an urgent motion moved in parliament last Thursday but was…

FLP’s Fiji Day Message

As we celebrate Fiji Day this year, we need to focus on the need for unity and reconciliation. This is important after the turbulence and racial tensions of the past three years that have wrenched our people apart and undermined…

FLP pays tribute to Savenaca Siwatibau

The Fiji Labour Party expresses deep regret at the death of Mr. Savenaca Siwatibau, Vice Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific and former Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji. “He was one of Fiji’s ablest sons. We…

NFU Labasa so-called petition

A so-called petition to NFU general secretary, Mahendra Chaudhry containing allegations against him and claiming abuse of the Labasa NFU office were brushed aside as unmitigated nonsense by Mr. Chaudhry. “I have not received any petition although the Labasa members…

FLP responds to the Prime Minister

The Fiji Labour Party is disturbed by the outburst of the Prime Minister on national television last night and appalled by the content and tone of his allegations against the FLP on the multi party cabinet issue. The Prime Minister…

Reduce Bus Fares- Labour

Labour Member of Parliament, Lekh Ram Vayeshnoi today called on the Minister for Transport to direct the concerned authorities to immediately reduce the illegal increase of 5% in bus fares effective 1st June 2003. Judgement by Land Transport Appeals Tribunal…

Bus fares face cuts

Land Transport Tribunal has ordered the Land Transport Authority to decrease bus fares immediately after it unlawfully granted bus operators a 5 percent increase in June. Tribunal Sir Vijay Singh said the acting LTA chief executive Isoa Tamani had breached…

Update on the multi-party cabinet case

Fiji Labour Party’s constitutional battle for cabinet seats will now go back to the Supreme Court for determination to resolve an impasse over allocation of portfolios. Talks between Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry and Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase have stalled on…

FLP statement on Cabinet appointments

Labour MPs selected by Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase to be in his cabinet have written to him to say that any decision on who joins his cabinet will be made by Party Leader Mahendra Chaudhry. In a letter signed jointly,…

FLP pays tribute to Pravin Singh

The Fiji Labour Party deeply regrets the untimely death of Honourable Pravin Singh, Member of Parliament for Tavua Open Constituency. Mr Singh passed away at 12.10 pm today (September 2, 2003) at the Lautoka hospital where he was admitted after…

Public Inquiry into FDB’s affairs

The Fiji Labour Party wants a full public inquiry into a scandalous $360,000 payout last week by the Fiji Development Bank to its ousted chief executive Isoa Kaloumaira. The money was paid to Mr Kaloumaira following an out of court…

The Legacy of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara

Address by Mahendra P. Chaudhry, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara Memorial Lectures, Waterfront Hotel, Lautoka 27 August 2003 Good evening, Distinguished guests, Ladies and gentlemen. I consider it a great honour to be invited to speak on the life and achievements…

The Pacific Islands Forum Communiqué

The Fiji Labour Party welcomes the communiqué issued by the 34th meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum in Auckland, and its re-enforcement of the principles contained in the Biketawa and the Nasanoni Declarations. In particular, the FLP appreciates the adoption…

FLP’s response to the deadline issued by the Prime Minister

Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry says there is no question of him being bound by a deadline in reaching a settlement on the multi-party cabinet issue. Mr. Chaudhry was responding to an ultimatum issued to him by Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase,…

FLP replies to criticism on Forum Paper

The Fiji Labour Party is concerned at Media distortions and criticism of a briefing paper on Fiji’s constitutional crisis it is circulating at the Pacific Islands Forum meeting currently underway in Auckland. The FLP is not calling for regional military…

Police to blame for criticisms

Police criticisms of Australian trade unionist Tony Sheldon have been described as nonsensical by the Fiji Labour Party. Mr Sheldon, who is also a vice president of the NSW Branch of the Australian Labour Party, issued a statement last week…

Australian Nationals Financed Coup!!

A Senior Australian trade unionist and political figure wants Australian nationals who allegedly funded the May 2000 coup extradited to face trial. Tony Sheldon, NSW branch secretary of the Transport Works Union and the NSW vice president of the Australian…

Fiji Terror Links Must Be Addressed

Addressing the Fiji Labour Party Conference in Nadi, visiting Australian Transport Worker’s Union NSW State Secretary Tony Sheldon has called on the Australian Federal Government to urgently investigate reports of proven Fiji terrorists from Fiji, freely traveling to and from…

FLP Delegates Conference Discuss Multi Party Issue

The FLP Delegates Conference was today briefed by the FLP parliamentary leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, on his discussions with Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase on the invitation to the FLP to join the Cabinet. The invitation by the PM was made after…

Fiji – Qantas/Air Pacific Security Under Review

Following discussions with Fiji aviation unions earlier today, visiting Australian Transport Workers Union NSW State Secretary Tony Sheldon is calling for an urgent upgrade of Fiji’s aviation security. “Since January 2003, there have been 6 serious security breaches at Sydney’s…

FLP Delegates Conference Discusses Multi Party Invitation

The FLP Delegates Conference held in Nadi today discussed the activities of the party over the last 12 months with the multi party Cabinet issue dominating talks. The conference was attended by 63 Branch delegates and invited Australian Trade Union…

Qarase Invites Labour to Talks

Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase has issued a formal invitation to Fiji Labour Party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry to a first round of talks on multi-party cabinet. “I am writing to you to invite you to a meeting between us in my…

Labour wins multi party Cabinet case

The much awaited Supreme Court ruling has once again upheld the principle of multi-racialism embodied in the constitutional requirement for power sharing in Section 99 of Fiji’s constitution. Fiji’s highest appellate court, maintained in a judgment delivered Friday that “power…

FLP pays tribute to Latif Subedar

The Fiji Labour Party is deeply saddened by the sudden death of its MP and Party stalwart Mohammed Latif Subedar, Member for the Labasa Rural Indian Communal constituency. Mr Subedar, 61, died at 8pm Friday in Labasa, ending a long…

FDB pulls out of Hilton loan

The board of Fiji Development Bank has rejected an application for a $12 million loan by developers of 5 – star Hilton resort. Minister of commerce, Tomasi Vuetilovoni said that the loan was rejected because Denarau Investments could not meet…

Labour demands investigation into FINTEL saga!

Fiji Labour Party has called on authorities to immediately institute an investigation into the Internet services link provided by FINTEL. The call has come following the controversial TV One news story of 8th July 2003 in which Telepac had revealed…

Telecom charges hike disgraceful – Labour!

Fiji Labour Party condemns the latest increase of 1.4% in rental charges effective from today. (11th July 2003) The justification for increase did not make any sense and was a classic case of abuse of monopoly status said Assistant Secretary…

Former PM to be charged

Former PM Sitiveni Rabuka and Naitasiri High Chief, Ratu Inoke Takiveikata are expected to be charged soon for their part in the November 2000 mutiny. Police investigators have confirmed that adequate evidence has been gathered to implicate the two in…

Fiji’s future lies in racially inclusive policies: Chaudhry

Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudhry says Fiji can only progress through a policy of inclusiveness that draws on the cultural strengths of its various communities and not racially exclusive policies. “There is absolutely no doubt that our future as a nation,…

Treason two get long jail terms

Two of coup frontman George Speight’s close conspirators, Josefa Nata and Timoci Silatolu, have been given lengthy jail terms by the High Court. Justice Andrew Wilson, in a ruling delivered Friday, sentenced Silatolu to a mandatory term of 9 years…

Labour blasts criticism by S.P. Games official

The Fiji Labour Party has reacted angrily to political statements in the media by a visiting executive of the South Pacific Games, Ricardo Blas. Mr. Blas, chairman of the South Pacific Games Council, is quoted as having said that had…

Multi-Party Judgment to be delivered on notice

The decision on the much-awaited multi-party case between the Prime Minister, Laisenia Qarase and Fiji Labour Party is not expected this week. The case was heard in the Supreme Court last Wednesday and was concluded in a day. The Supreme…

Labour Senators walkout over Bill

Fiji Labour Party Senators walked out during the sitting yesterday in protest of the discrepancies in the Appropriation Supplementary Bill. The Bill had not accounted for $20million that appeared in the schedule and contradicted the bill. They said the Upper…

Government throws out motion on bank charges

The motion by Lekh Ram Vayeshnoi to reduce bank charges and fees was defeated by the government on Friday. The massive public outcry has fallen on deaf ears. The exorbitant fee, charges and interest rate that is imposed by the…

VAYESHNOI DEMANDS CONVENING OF LTA TRIBUNAL!

Labour Member of Parliament for Nadroga has called on the Land Transport Authority and the government to exercise responsibility and demonstrate respect for the provisions of Land Transport (Public Service Vehicles) Regulations 2000 (LTA Act – No. 35 of 1998)…

No Fare Hike Without Road Permit

The chief executive for Land Transport Authority (LTA), Isoa Tamani said, bus operators who did not produce road permits for endorsement of new fares could not charge the passengers extra fare. Mr Tamani confirmed that only Central Transport, Citiline Bus…

NFU Rubbishes Bala Dass

The National Farmers Union has rubbished accusations against it by the General Secretary of Fiji Canegrowers Association Bala Dass, as outbursts of a convoluted mind. It is obvious that Bala Dass and his mentor SCGC Chief Executive Jagannath Sami, have…