NAILATIKAU REAPPOINTED FOR FURTHER THREE YEARS. "There is no better person than Ratu Epeli Nailatikau to take Fiji to the elections and beyond." These were the words of the PM, who also referred to Ratu Epeli as "a caring man and a people’s President and one who understands what has befallen us in the past and what needs to be put in place to rectify those shortcomings."
GAY ASYLUM SEEKER FEARFUL. One of the three Fijian nationals protesting on the roof of Sydney's Villawood's immigration detention centre says he fears deportation to Fiji "because of alleged abuse against homosexuals there." This is a most strange reason against deportation and shows how out of touch some expatriates are. Fiji now has some of the more liberal gay laws in the Pacific and, as a Fiji government spokesman said, the present government has specifically decriminalised sexual acts between consenting adults.
"BLEAK DIWALI FOR ALL." The FLP, as is its manner, has cast the worst possible light on Fiji as it celebrates Diwali. Not a thing is right and the only suggestion they can make is a return to 2006. But why not May 19 2000 when some of its new found friends in the SDL would have thought things were even better!
FOLLOW UP NEEDED. Jale O. Baba in Facebook's Fiji Economic News thinks the Ministry of Labour should follow up and ensure new wages guidelines are followed. "None of logging or sawmill workers I know have had a pay increase. They should also ensure contract rates are revised to ensure contractors can comply similarly."
USP JOURNALISM BEHEADED. Controversial Dr Marc Edge has been replaced as Head of Journalism. FBC News reports several complaints against Dr Edge from second and third year journalism students, and others, including this blog, have questioned his political engagement. It is not his place, as a foreign Head of Journalism with little knowledge of Fiji, to be so obviously anti-government —or pro-government for that matter.
QARASE WINS RIGHT TO APPEAL. The Appeals Court has granted former PM Qarase the right to appeal against his conviction and sentence. Read more.
ANOTHER TIKINA APOLOGIES. Read more.
MAHOGANY INDUSTRY TO MODERNISE. Read more.
FIJI'S RIGHT TO PARTICIPATE IN APC. Leaders of the Pacific ACP grouping will meet in Port Moresby on Wednesday next week to discuss amongst other things Fiji’s participation at future P-ACP related meetings. Read more.
NEW BOOK ON WOMEN IN FIJI. A robust account of the interdependence of women's rights, history, cultural heritages, politics and coups. The pages from about 179 onwards, which cover the 2000 Speight coup, the Qarase government, the 2006 coup and subsequent events, provide unique insights into current divisions in the women's movement and Fiji society, but earlier pages on the YWCA and the Soqosoqo vakamarama are also instructive. The download is quick and the book is well worth two readings, first a quick skim though and then a more thorough read of the pages you highlighted the first time through. Situating Women: Gender Politics and Circumstance in Fiji by Nicole George, PP 283. Download through this link. Vinaka, Mukesh, for bringing it to my attention.
YOU HAVE TO LAUGH. It's anti-government, opinionated, mostly untrue but rather clever satire until it becomes repetitive.. It's the unsolicited emails I receive, no doubt copied to many others, from ShazzerandGrubby. It's mainly a take off at Graham Davis but Yash Ghai and I got a mention in the last email:
"Cash Guy...Cash Guy - who are you talking about Shazzer? There's quite a lot of Cash Guys in our government after all. I mean the PM and the AG don't mind the folding stuff, half the Cabinet's on the take...who could this be?
"As for Crazy Welsh. I got that one, you are a clever minx the way you use these secret codes, lucky I am also clever. Did you know I won a Walkley once? It could have been worse. It's a good thing you gave him that government vehicle. So when some old white dude jumps out of a G-plated Toyota Land Cruiser at Suva Market and says "tell me totally objectively and confidentially what you think of Frank's government" at least people know what to say. But be careful when you pay old farts who left the country years ago to come back to say nice things about your government. You never know how it will end. I mean, with some of them, not all of them. I mean, don't get me wrong. And don't stop sending the cheques."
Anyone like to write a description of the "old fart" who wrote this?