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In BETWEEN The Lines, 05, June 2018

In BETWEEN The Lines, 05, June 2018
June 05
11:07 2018


An MP who vehemently op­posed the motion to increase parliamentary allowance has done a flip. He is now going about his parliamentary stand­ing committee commitments and claiming the increased allowance without much noise. His colleagues are wonder­ing whether this is due to the amount he is getting because it is one of the highest. He now even asks when the next sit­tings are planned. So what was all that fuss about last year? Political posturing, one of his colleague’s retorts.


An internal SODELPA show­down looms between pro-Rabu­ka and anti-Rabuka factions this month. Watch for a possible special general meeting towards the latter part when issues are expected to be thrashed out.


Lynda Tabuya has hit the social media to ask for moral support for her SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka. She is attracting atten­tion in New Zealand, Australia and the US as she asks for their prayers. At the same time party president Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu is singing praises for Mr Rabuka and calling for party unity. That has come as no sur­prise because he is Mr Rabuka’s paramount chief as Tui Cakau. He has been one of Mr Rabuka’s backers.


The Opposition MP may get away with a few things in Parlia­ment because of parliamen­tary privilege. But not outside Parliament. He now faces some questions from law enforcement officers about his driving style.


The issue of new taxi permits is long overdue. Current taxi op­erators who oppose it obviously don’t like competition. That’s just too bad. First they have to prove that they can service the whole community not just parts of it. At the moment pirate taxis fill a need. Some taxis are selec­tive where they go. Pirate taxis go anywhere. Until taxi opera­tors clean up their own back­yard, we need more taxis.

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