Showing posts from July 28, 2013

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Unique Scene

Many schoolchildren  in rural areas walk long distances to get to school. There are many reasons for this like late or irregular bus service, bad roads that cause bus companies to stop service and breakdowns.

In Mulomulo I   was at the Community Post when I saw this gentleman ride up on his horse. I thought nothing about it because this is a common sight over here. Then he tethered his horse to a clump of grass and went down the driveway to the Mulomulo school. After a while he appeared with his daughter who is in primary school, he carried her onto the horse,  then he hopped on and took her home.

Later I found out that's what he does everyday. He doesn't have to worry about bad roads, e ticketing cards, bus fires, irregular bus service or rude drivers. The sight of the father and daughter made me think of those cowboy movies and coupled with it was the dedication of the parent to use his resources in giving his daughter an education.

Then on Friday night Mulomulo …

Davis Accuses ABC of Surpressing News

This is the item, from Graham Davis's Grubsheet. 
# 60 HOURS LATE. THE ABC OF NEWS Posted: 31 Jul 2013 07:15 PM PDT Getting itself in knots. “Our” ABC. It’s taken Radio Australia more than 60 hours to broadcast a landmark speech given on Monday night to the Australia Fiji Business Forum by the Deputy Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop. (see previous posting) In that speech, Ms Bishop signaled a radical overhaul of Australia’s policy towards Fiji if the Coalition wins the forthcoming Australian election. But the evidence shows that Radio Australia chose to willfully ignore it, broadcasting instead two pieces on its public affairs program, Pacific Beat, that were highly critical of Fiji.
This morning, Grubsheet blew the whistle on this blatant act of censorship with the previous piece. At 5.14 AM Australian Eastern Standard Time, we sent the link to one of Julie Bishop’s principal advisors, Sam Riordan. At 6.21 AM, we sent the link to…

Australian Opposition Leader Promises "Normalising" Relations with Fiji

For the first time in nearly seven years – since the Bainimarama takeover of 2006 – there’s been a change in the official Australian attitude to Fiji. It’s outlined in a remarkable speech by Julie Bishop, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, to this week’s Australia Fiji Business Forum in Brisbane. In extraordinarily warm terms, she signals a sea change in Australia’s current hardline attitude to Fiji should the Coalition, under Tony Abbott, win the forthcoming federal election. It includes full re-engagement and the restoration of diplomatic ties and Australia “taking guidance” from Fiji on how it can best assist in the introduction of a genuine democracy next year. Read on…

Foreign Minister Kubuabola, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.
My claim to fame, in so far as this audience is concerned, should be the fact that I am a board member of the West Coast Eagles Australian Rules Football Club in Perth, Western Au…

Ratu Inoke's 'Candid' Talk to the Australia-Fiji Business Council

Fiji's Foreign Minister's candid speech on asylum seekers and other Australian policies affecting Pacific Islanders; on its policies on Fiji UN Peacekeepers, loans from the World Bank and ADB, on travel bans; on friendship between Australians and Fijians; on Fiji's insistence to be treated equally,  and on the Melanesian Spearhead Group,  Fiji's new international alliances, including the new Pacific Islands Development Forum whose inaugural meeting starts next week.
Photo: Senator Thistlethwaite, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, FABC President Kalpesh Solanki..
Click here for the briefer FijiVillage report.
Better still, read the full speech.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation SPEECH 20th Australia Fiji Business Forum, July 28-30, 2013. Monday 29 July, 2013.

The Honourable Matt Thistlethwaite, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs
The Honourable Julie Bishop, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade
The Pre…