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Opposition Praises New Initiatives, Highlights Gaps

Opposition Praises New Initiatives, Highlights Gaps
Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa after the 20182019 National Budget announcement in Parliament on June 28, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
June 30
12:42 2018

Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has praised some of the new initiatives addressed in the 2018/2019 National Budget announced on Thursday.

She acknowledged the new initiatives, but on the same n note said the Budget had to be funded somehow.

“There are new initiatives put in place for Fijians to benefit from, which is great,” Ro Teimumu said.

“We have heard all the good things that the Attorney General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has put in the Budget beginning from the new born to the oldest member of the family.

“When you first hear about it, it all sounds really good, but we have to look behind the figures in terms of how it will impact on the people, particularly when it comes to funding the Budget.

“The Budget has to be funded somehow and we have to look at whether this will mean a high cost of living for Fijians, investments and education for the children.

“It is obviously an election Budget,” Ro Teimumu said.

Shadow Minister for Economy Aseri Radrodro said it was an interesting budget, especially with the new initiatives that had been addressed for the people of Fiji.

“I think the people deserve it,” he said.

“We have been facing tough times and what I would like to say to the Government is to be stringent in the implementation and the monitoring of this Budget because after all it’s the tax payers money,” Mr Radrodro said.

When asked whether it was a good budget leading up to the general election, Mr Radrodro says he will make a response during the budget debate on July 9th.

National Federation Party Member of Parliament Prem Singh said the Budget came as a surprise.

“We were hoping for more, particularly in the minimum wage sector and social responsibilities,” Mr Singh said.

“We definitely welcome the new initiatives, especially the maternity and paternity leaves and family care initiative.

“I am disappointed that a sustained three-year $85 per tonne was announced for the Sugar industry.

“I believe that $100 per tonne as the minimum price could create more confidence in the economy and its developments,” Mr Singh added. Edited by Percy Kean

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