Showing posts from February 9, 2014

Election Round Up for the Week

By Croz Walsh
As with the proverbial rose, the length of a a week lies in the eyes of its beholder. It is only two weeks left before PM Bainimarama steps down as PM, and at least as importantly, as commander of military forces. A lot can happen in those two weeks, and even more in the weeks to follow if things do not work out as the PM intends.

He has spoken several times recently to the military on the issue of loyalty and completing the job it started in 2006. There has been no announcement of his successor but the anti-government blog Coup 4.5 says there will also be a new police commissioner in a bid to strengthen Bainimarama's protective power base.

Unionists and the Political Parties Decree
Meanwhile, Government seems likely to tighten the Political Parties Decree which in section 14 states trade unionists cannot show support for, or be part of, or engage in party politics. They must be see to be neutral. The action is a response to unionists being present (they said only…

Scott MacWiliam on Australia's Foreign Policy in the Pacific and Fji

Who’s in Control Now? Australian Foreign Policy in the Asylum Seeker Age By Scott MacWilliam Visiting Fellow State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program The Australian National University
When relations between economically and politically dominant and subordinate countries are described metaphors are often employed. Australia has been described as a client state of the USA, filling the security role of deputy sheriff in this region for the world’s most powerful nation. One of the difficulties with such metaphors is that they tend to suggest a static, permanent condition. When relations change, so too must the metaphor.
Such is the case now, when Australian foreign policy has become captive to the domestic and international policy positions adopted by countries which previously appeared subordinate to the South Pacific’s major power. Australia may be able to convince the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank not to provide loans to the military government holding power in Fiji. Ho…

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Vunato Dump

I was at the Vunato rubbish dump in Lautoka and as usual people were there. I have been told that lots of them rummage around in the dump, find things of value and sell them. Whole families were there and most were well protected.

While the dump is out of bounds it is almost impossible to stop people coming in.The authorities have an impossible job keeping them away. Poverty is one of the reasons for people going to the dump.

By the way, I was quite surprised to see good pieces of cloth and material at the dump - no wonder people go there, its like going a supermarket.

If you want to see humanity, go to a rubbish dump.

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.

Back in Harness

I'm almost back in harness. Tomorrow's postings include Allen Lockington's column, an article by Scott MacWilliam on Australia's foreign policy under the new goverment, a roundup by me on Fiji's political news of the week, and an interview with Dr Alumita Duratalo on the prospects of the PM's yet to be announced party. .  From now on until the elections, I will normally post once or twice a week.