Showing posts from September 11, 2011

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

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.

Go Healthy Restaurant
In Fiji almost all fast food shops sell fried foods that have lots of fats and salt to make the food tasty, which we have been told is not good for us.

Would government give a 3 or 5 year tax free concession to restaurants that sell only healthy foods? It’s just a suggestion to lure restaurant owners to go healthy.  I am sure there are lots of people like me who will only eat there and support the go healthy signal that is being sent to us by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Doctor Tukana, head of the Non communicable Diseases section of the MOH.

We can also market these eateries to tourists and visitors to our shores. Our tourism banner will tell the tourist about fun in …

Public Sector Reforms in Fiji: NPM and Opportunities for Abuse

By Subhash Appana

At the basis of the New Public Management (NPM) model for public sector reforms lie two fundamental prescriptions: removal of government controls and reliance on the efficiency of the market in resource allocation and utilization. This centralizes reliance on and the need for rational self-interest in the conduct of all stakeholders in an economy. This paper analyzes critically how public sector reforms in Fiji opened up opportunities that were hijacked on the bases of self-focused greed presented as a political blueprint for affirmative action needed to assist in the progress of the ethnic Fijian community.

Islands in the Scrum by JF

The Pacific Islands ForumIslands in the scrum Sep 13th 2011, 10:34 by J.F. | CANBERRA
THE Pacific Islands Forum gathering in Auckland on September 6th-8th was most notable not so much for what it did, but for what it did not do. Fiji's suspension was not lifted, lacklustre Forum Secretary General Neroni Slade was not replaced, and delegates did not agree to back the placing of French Polynesia on the United Nations' list of non-decolonised territories. All three decisions reflect the dominance of Australia and New Zealand over the regional summit, which also brings together the leaders of fourteen Pacific Island states. Indeed, the event would have been a complete damp squib were it not for the accompanying razzmatazz of the rugby world cup, which also got going in New Zealand. On concluding their fruitless deliberations, the majority of Pacific Island leaders merrily dispersed to catch a game or two.
The South Pacific Forum, as it was initially called, first met …

NGOs Applaud Work to Empower Women

Government’s commitment to empower women in Fiji through the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has seen a national consultation held in February this year between government agencies, Non-Government Organization (NGO’s), Faith Based Organization (FBO’s) with collaborative approach taken to implement recommendations outlined in UN CEDAW Concluding Remarks.

Weekend Reading

WEEKEND READING. • Lockington column • Islands in the Scrum •  Public Service Reform by Subhash Appanna •  NGOs Applaud Work on Empowering Women

News and Comments 15.9.11

Thursday 15.9.11
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%


Temm Again Told Come See for Yourself

“The comments made by the President of the New Zealand Law Society, Jonathan Temm, are obtuse, lack any substance, and it is clear that he is seriously misinformed on events in Fiji.” This was the response from Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Mr Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum referring to statements made by the President of the New Zealand Law Society in an article in the Fairfax media earlier today.
“Temm and members of the New Zealand Law Society have been repeatedly invited to Fiji in order to meet members of the legal profession, including the Fijian Chief Justice in order to decide for themselves the true situation with regard to the rule of law in Fiji and the introduction of modern and just laws. Instead, Temm prefers to rely on hearsay and exaggerated opinions, not to mention untruthful reporting by sections of the New Zealand media.”
“Freedom of religion cont…

More Evidence that Poll Accurate: Thank you Victor

My thanks to Coup4.5 for republishing this artice. Frankly, I'm surprised they published it because it adds further evidence to the view that the Lowy/Tebbutt poll and its report, that Victor Lal refers to as the "paper," is a reasonably acceptable statment on what a cross-section of urban  Fijians think about the political situation.

Email claims Lowy Institute’s policy paper was designed to unmask Frank Bainimarama as Fiji’s dictator By VICTOR LALAn e-mail allegedly written by Jenny Hayward-Jones, Program Director of the Myer Foundation Melanesia Program at the Lowy Institute, suggests a recent paper on Fiji was a strategy designed to expose Frank Bainimarama as the dictator he is to an international community that has lost the conviction held by Australia.
Hayward-Jones, responding to a Fiji democracy campaigner, allegedly writes as follows: “The Fiji regime would reject the multilateral package of assistance for elections I have proposed but this will give…

Ignoring, Dismissing, Excusing and Making the Best of a Poll

CENSORSHIP IN FIJI. In an item headed Censorship in Fiji,  ABC's Pacific correspondent Sean Dorney says: "If you lived in Fiji and your only source of information was a single local national newspaper, the Fiji Sun, you would soon believe that Commodore Frank Bainimarama was about the most popular person in the world, an anti-corruption crusader universally revered for his wisdom and for his firm but enlightened rule."

The item mentions trade union concerns, Methodist meetings, the FICAC targeting anti-Bainimarama people; the Engaging the Pacific meeting in Nadi two weeks ago and the Pacific Forum meeting all, of course, in negative terms. But there was not a single mention of the independent Lowy Poll that showed the Bainimarama government in more favourable light. A heading, Censorship in Fiji — and Australia may have been more apt.The poll results have received little mention in the international media.

OTHER REASONS TO DISMISS THE POLL. The anti- blogs tell us that a …