Showing posts from November 14, 2010

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

♦ Fiji Waters Run Deep: the Bottled Water Affair
♦ Why Did Qarase Send Ridgway Packing? 
♦ Dallas Swinstead talks about the Fiji Times and Government
♦ The Kerr-Dobell-Fraenkel-Meo Panel
Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that. [Nice new photo, Allen!]

Fair Trading
Tariff classification to determine the correct import duty rate on goods is very important to an importer. Tariff items that have import fiscal duty rates of 5% and 32% incorporated into its structure have been source of some uncertainty for Customs officials and traders alike. A high duty rate usually denotes protectionism, meaning it is protecting a local industry. Example - milk, cream, shoes, tobacco products, alcohol, shoes, ice cream, wet cel…

Fiji Waters Run Deep: The Bottled Water Affair

by Crosbie Walsh and Others
A Book of Verses underneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine Fiji Water, a Loaf of Bread--and Thou dear Lynda Rae Beside me singing in the Wilderness-- Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!"
-- Rubaiyat of Omar KhayyamAiyaz Khaiyum Stewart Resnick 

"  More than half of the drinkers of Fiji Water in the USA think it comes from Mount Fujiin Japan."

Dallas Swinstead Talks About the Fiji Times and Government

New Fiji Times publisher Dallas Swinstead talks censorship, sackings and the sale of the country’s oldest newspaper when some thought it might close. He speaks to Rebecca Leaver of PANPA Bulletin.
Q. How are you going to manage the government censorship at the Fiji Times?
A.Free speech is very expensive here – ask News Ltd. The past retaliation from this paper to the [Fiji] government censorship brought down censorship harshly on all media. It has been an unpleasant journey.

Why Did Qarase Send Ridgway Packing?

"  There is next to zero knowledge about things like the plan to burn down Suva in 1999. Crooks like Duvuloco were even able to stand for election in 2006 when it's clear he should have been locked up with Speight. Something was very wrong with the Qarase Government when they were preventing Peter Ridgeway from completing his investigation."   -No Escaping the Truth, a comment on this blog.
This interview between ABC's Paula Kruger and Peter Ridgway, former Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions says something about the type of democracy that existed in Fiji between 2000-2006.

The Kerr-Dobell-Fraenkel-Meo Panel

Announced in yesterday's post, listen to the video.  It's a very long video. Jenny Hayward-Jones speaks first, followed by Duncan Kerr, Graeme Dobell, Jon Fraenkel and Jovili Meo, with question in the last few minutes. You may be able to skip to the parts you most want to listen to, or you could download the lot and pick and choose  at your lesisure. Parts of the Fraenkel and Meo soundtracks are poor.

Tonga is Okay, Lowry Panel Mixed bag, IMF Welcome FSC Reforms, Welfare Goes Electronic

TONGA IS OKAY. On Monday I published a short piece based on a Sunday Star-Times article (republished in Stuff) in which I drew parallels between Tonga's laws prohibiting street marches, the King's power to dismiss parliament and similar legislation and the situation in Fiji.My purpose was to show that many Pacific nations cannot be compared with NZ, and that our government needs to recognize this. I now wish to distance myself from the original article and what I wrote about it.  I do not agree with Dr Sitiveni Halapua that Tonga is "still technically under military rule." Serious riots broke out in Nuku'alofa in 2006 and the emergency regulations  passed then are still in place but they refer only to a defined part of Nuku'alofa. This is hardly "military rule." Street marches do require prior permission but this is normal practice everywhere and is not the equivalent of PER or the prevention of the Methodists politicised conferences. Si…

Total Non-Comprehension, Simple Steps for PM, Smaller Islands Sawmills, Fiji Media

I'M SORRY BUT THEY MUST BE ABSOLUTELY THICK. Last Saturday I published an opinion post on the American mid-term election and its relevance to Fiji.  I showed how the media had taken sides against the President, how negative cartoons portrayed him as non-American, and now both were used to persuade a gullible public to vote against the President's Democratic party.   Incredibly, the Fiji anti-government blog Fiji Democracy Now took my posting of these cartoons as proof that I was a racist. They completely mis-read the point of the article and my purpose in publishing the cartoons.

"We have long harboured deep suspicions [they wrote] that the carping coup apologist, Crosbie Walsh, is driven by a white racist agenda. Now, for reasons best known to himself, Croz has publicly and convincingly declared his deep colour-based racial prejudice in a long article illustrated by highly offensive doctored photos of President Barack Obama. Croz, shame on you! We at FDN idolize Obama. A…

Ganilau Resigns, Savu and Kaitani, Transparency International says Corruption Less, How Big the Civil Service

GANILAU RESIGNS. Ratu Epeli Ganilau has resigned as Acting PM and Minister for Defence, National Security and Immigration. His portfolio and the Acting PM position has been taken over by Minister for Primary Industries Joketani Cokanasiga. An explanation may be expected when the PM returns from China next week.

TUI SAVU HAS TWO FACES. Looking one way he is a former Fiji lawyer now resident in Townsville, Queensland, where he is a government employed solicitor dealing mainly with indigenous cases. Looking the other way, he is an active member of the so-called Fiji Freedom and Democracy Movement who is  canvassing a regime change by armed force.

As one reader said: "That he discusses violent overthrow in Fiji while living off the Australian taxpayer is something I'm sure his employers aren't aware of and neither would many readers of your site."  This is what he wrote on a recent Matavuvale Fiji's Family (sic!) Network Forum. Of course, he's not actually a…

Getting Too Close to Bainimarama

Scroll down to today's regular posting. After Sanctions What? By Scott MacWilliam
There is a serious danger in the maintenance of sanctions against the current government of Fiji which needs to be recognised and examined. There are very strong signs that the radical ethnic nationalists have recognised well in advance of the Australian and New Zealand governments that the way to drive future changes and regain power is to get close to PM Bainimarama.

Fiji Not a Lousy Place to Live, EU Mission Report, Economic Update, IMF Wants VAT Increase, Two Chiefly Forked Paths

. With the deluge of recently reported world indices, each of which has shown Fiji to be a lousy place to live, it is pleasing to see the recently released 2010 UNDP Human Development Index report shows Fiji has improved its ranking from 108th out of 169 countries to 86th. The composite index is widely regarded as the most meaningful measure of the quality of life because it takes into account factors such as life expectancy, education, gender equality, income and income equality.  The HDI has been used since 1990 as an alternative or supplementary measure of national development, until then measured solely by economic criteria such as Gross National Product (GNP), Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and rates of economic growth.

Norway ranks number one in the world as the best country to live followed by Australia and New Zealand. Countries more co…

Rumour-Mongers Got One Right, Tonga Okay, MSG Special Meeting, Sect Children Start School, Sugar Production Update, IMF Report, Price Anomalies

See new QUOTE FOR THE WEEK in the right sidebar, and scroll down to the Weekend Readings you may have missed.  Notice also the new blog description above and the new countdown to election facility in the lift sidebar. 

Big fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em,  And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.
COMING BACK TO BITE THEM. Remember the Michael Field story a few weeks back? Unrest brewing in Fiji. Esala Teleni and Pita Driti "dumped" and "sent on indefinite leave." Tevita Mara "removed" as commander of the 3rd Fiji Infantry Regiment "amid wild rumours of further action." Well, Driti and Mara are back from leave and Teleni has been appointed Fiji's next amabassador to China. The latest is from Victor Lal on CoupFourPointFive. Reserve Bank Governor Sada Reddy has been stood down.

"According to highly reliable sources inside the Reserve Bank of Fiji, Reddy had allegedly transferred thousands of dollars …