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Between The Lines
August 25
11:34 2018

Australian joke

Peter Dutton would have been no good for the Pacific Islands. That much can definitely be said about the man who yesterday lost his power play to be Australian Prime Minister,

Mr Dutton is the man infamously caught on microphone joking about rising sea levels swamping Pacific nations.

That after he had just returned from talks in Papua New Guinea that focused on the risk of climate change to Pacific Islands communities.

Bill Shorten, Australia’s current Opposition leader, summed it up this way at the time: “It was a bad joke by a minister who is a bad joke.”

Chand’s views

Interesting that the academic Ganesh Chand seems to be the first person to link an aggravated robbery to politics. Questions about his motives as well as his association with those in the political circles have been raised.

Prasad’s travels

In BTL’s NFP watch today, an update on their leader Biman Prasad’s trip to Sydney. He intends to be at a number of events and one event which he will not be missing anytime soon will be the AUD50 per kati card which will be sold for fundraising.

Naitasiri support for PM

The support for Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Naitasiri is growing. At the presentation of the qaloqalovi yesterday, the presenter said the chief of Lutu (Tui Lutu) and his people had given their total support to the Prime Minister and his FijiFirst Government.

Lutu is the village of SODELPA strong man and former Minister, Solomoni Naivalu. He was not present yesterday.

The former Rugby prop Rusiate Namoro, who hails from Lutu village, left the Methodist Church Conference, to be at the village to meet with Prime Minister Bainimarama.

He left for Suva for the conference after Mr Bainimirama’s address. Mr Namoro is still looking strong.

Things we like

Preparation of the Fiji Airways Drua for next Saturday’s game against Melbourne Rising at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori.

Good to see the coaching gurus working as a team. Fiji Airways Flying Fijians coach John McKee is willingly helping Drua coach Senirusi Seruvakula where wanted.

Things we note

Comments this week about the absence of women on ATH group boards, with a response that appointments are made on merit. No such spotlight on another national business giant, Fijian Holdings. Its CEO Nouzab Fareed has been an active advocate of getting more women on board. It shows in the FHL ranks.

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