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A-G raises Point Of Order On Bulitavu ‘Misleading Parliament’

A-G raises Point Of Order On Bulitavu ‘Misleading Parliament’
Opposition Member of Parliament Jiosefa Dulakiverata. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga
September 12
11:00 2017

The Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, raised a point of order against SODELPA Opposition member, Mosese Bulitavu, in Parliament yesterday.

This comes after Mr Bulitavu questioned the FijiFirst Government on what they had done to the promise they gave the people in 2014 to ‘put Fiji first’.

Mr Bulitavu asked: “Why sign nurses and teachers with contractual terms that does not allow recourse in courts if they are unfairly dismissed, where their right to be given a reason for their termination is removed, where they give up their right to take Government to court once the contract is expired and why take away collective bargaining?”

He also asked if people were happy, easily finding employment and happy with the standard of living.

However, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum interrupted and stated that under the Standing Orders, a Member of the Parliament was not allowed to mislead Government.

He said his point of order was that Mr Bulitavu’s statement was actually misleading Parliament and the comment on civil servants was misleading Parliament.

Meanwhile, Mr Bulitavu said a written communication was made to the Speaker’s office last week for a tabling of a petition to allow the people of Fiji to seek Parliament to appoint a committee to recommend a review in the electoral laws and processes for the Election Commission in order of business this week has been disallowed.

However, the Speaker of the House said the particular letter had already been responded to and Mr Bulitavu was not to refer to it.

Dulakiverata wishes Parliament members well for next election

In response to President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote’s speech last week in Parliament, Opposition Member of Parliament, Jiosefa Dulakiverata, wished the President the best for the remainder of his term.

Mr Dulakiverata said the event was expected to be the President’s last official engagement in the House and wished members of Parliament good luck in next year’s election.

“Some of us may wish to retire but for those who will contest the next General Election and return, I hope you will remain in your side of the house,” Mr Dulakiverata said.

He said in case members decided to change seats, he wished them good luck and hope they would enjoy the change.

Mr Dulakiverata repeated what the President had said: “We have challenges, but we have all the tools in place to overcome them.

“So let us commit today to have a high standard of unity and for democracy. Our people are watching, we are on the world stage and the world is watching. All eyes are on Fiji.”

He said the Opposition has had three years of torment, had two of its members suspended and have not been able to ask questions without being scrutinised by the Government.

Speaking to the Government, Mr Dulakiverata said the Government had one more session to change. If they did not change, he said they would pay the price because SODELPA was ready for next year.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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