News and Comments 15.9.11
|Well, at least someone's happy|
USP FIJI ECONOMY PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS. A series starting tomorrow (Friday). Click on the link for the programme..
EMPLOYMENT DECREE UNDER FIRE. Check out ABC story. Click here ..
HAS ANOTHER POLL ALSO GOT IT WRONG? The on-line news site FijiLive runs regular polls on sporting and other events. To vote, you click yes or no on the website, or you can text your vote. Here are results of the political polls since April. Such polls are indicative more than scientific but their results are very similar to the Lowy poll results.
April 1. Do you think Australia and NZ should lift their current sanctions against Fiji? Yes 78%
May 7. Do you think the government's poverty eradication policies are working? Yes 36%.
June 11. Do you think Australia and NZ are meddling in Fiji affairs? Yes 77%
August 4. Should religious leaders remain in their positions if they are found breaking the law? No 88%
September 3. Should Fiji be allowed back in the Pacific Forum? Yes 75%
A WAIRAPARA COUPLE with strong Fiji connections, and regular visitors to Fiji, support what Bainimarama is doing. This story is one of several from people recently returned from Fiji.
SO POPULAR, WHY NOT LIFT PER? CCF's Rev. Akuila Yabaki says if the interim regime is so confident of Fiji people’s support, it should lift the Public Emergency Regulations."The opportunity to take concrete steps towards democratic elections is now staring the Commodore in the face ... They were going to lift the PER anyway but the fact that they have not lifted it - is it based on what, based on a sense of fear of what might happen?” Rev.Yabaki says civic education needs to start urgently as there are potentially 200,000 young people who’ll be eligible to vote.
TOURIST DEATHS UNREPORTED. AAP's reporter Tamara McLean claims four tourist deaths in recent weeks have not been reported in the Fiji media, or reported only after they were reported in the international media. These links (Fiji Times, Radio Fiji, Fiji Sun) show this is not so. Attempts like this to undermine tourist confidence in Fiji speak volumes for the impartiality of some foreign reporters.
OVERSEAS ANTI GROUPS IN DISARRAY. An attempt to coordinate "pro-democracy" groups appears to have created more confusion than unity. I wonder who the mysterious Andy is who claims to speak for the Methodist Church and the chiefs, or is this just another bogus claim.
WHAT HAVE THE ROMANS EVER DONE FOR US. A reader writes, "I Imagine this is how the pro-democracy meetings would end up... late at night, huddled together, bitching about the government." Listen to the video. You may recognize the chairman. It's a good laugh.
'SKINNY LITTLE INDIANS.' OH NO, WE ARE NOT RACISTS. Two more comments from the anti- blogs' favourite vulagi, Mark Manning, published so readers can better understand how some prominent opponents think and what they really want:
"Jenny (Hayward Jones of the Lowy Institute), as sweet as she is, seems blinded to the realities in Fiji. As I often say of Academics, highly intelligent, not very bright ! They can read a book cover to cover and memorise every page, yet don't know how to tie their shoelace !"
And ..."I'll bet my bottom dollar Jake is one of those useless skinny little indians from india !
A useless little man of no worth and little brain, struggling to get noticed but too petrified of his own shadow to divulge his true identity."