Unlocking the Fiji Situation

Keith Locke
Auckland University radio host Jon Armistead conducted two interviews "in the interests of balance" on Fiji and the Pacific today, one with Keith Locke, the other with Croz Walsh. Listen to what they both said.



First up was Greens MP Keith Locke. Keith spoke of a deteriorating human rights situation; Bainimarama's "hot air" talk on elections; his support from the smaller Pacific countries (Marhall Islands, Palau, Nauru, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Niue, Cook Islands) because of their dependence on Fiji; the cost on maintaining buildings like stadiums and court houses built with Chinese money; the increase of corruption under Bainimarama; and the Pacific's appalling human development record. Oxfam had earlier spoken of a Pacific with under 40% of children at school and unsafe water supplies.

Just three factual corrections: the only smaller Pacific countries dependent on Fjii (for transport) are Kiribati and Tuvalu; most support for Fiji has come from the much larger Melanesian countries; and Pacific-wide statistics such as those cited by Oxfam are meaningless because of wide discrepancies between countries. But, for the record, in 1996, over half of Fiji homes (90% in urban areas) had piped water; most of its children children attended school (education is compulsory to Class 8) and nearly one-third of adults had at least Vth form education. To listen to Keith,   click here.

I answered Jon's questions with my opinions on why the change of attitudes towards Fiji (I didn't think they had),  why it's taking so long to produce a new constitution, China, the effect of sanctions, the trade union arrests, and human rights restrictions.  To listen to what I had to say,  click here.

Comments

Not interested said…
Not interested Croz. Like the Lowy Institute, you have lost your credibility and your mojo. Oh, and now that the hysterics and rhetoric have dissipated, Fiji is still not back in the Forum. What was that you were trying to tell us about the success of the MSG again???
twister said…
@ Not interested,

If Croz lost his credibility why he would be interviewed by Radio talk shows and most importantly, why would you even be bothered to visit his blog and even take time to comment.

Surely Croz must have some influence, for you attempt to poison the waters.

Clearly, the credibility gap is your part and your ilk. "Not Interested" you can slither back to the C4.5 hole whence you came.
Winners are Grinners said…
Thanks for your comment Twister. Winners are grinners, and it certainly has been a good week for those who support democracy and freedom. Thumbs up old mate!!

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