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Political Parties Need To Seriously Consider Peter Reith’s Words Of Wisdom

Peter Reith makes a valid point about the way forward in the new Fiji. A co-leader of the Multi-National Observer Group in the recent Fijian general election, he says all
30 Sep 2014 11:34

Peter Reith makes a valid point about the way forward in the new Fiji. A co-leader of the Multi-National Observer Group in the recent Fijian general election, he says all sides of politics in Fiji will need to adapt to the new democratic standards.

He adds the Opposition needs to behave responsibly and to establish itself as a viable alternative to the Government.

Peter Reith

Peter Reith

Because of his experience in politics, in government and public life, we must learn from him.

Mr Reith was a senior Cabinet Minister in the Australian Government from 1996 to 2001 and then a Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development from 2003 to 2009.

Since 2009 Mr Reith has been a regular commentator on the ABC’s Drum TV and weekly Drum columnist, the Bolt Report, occasionally Q andA, and a regular on Sky AM Agenda.

He is currently chairman of the Gas Task Force looking at the gas industry for the Victorian Government; the report is due mid 2013.

Mr Reith also has a consultancy/advisory interest and occasionally speaks at conferences and other public functions.

He was a key figure in Australian politics throughout the 1990’s promoting economic reform in taxation and labour market policies and then played a major role in the implementation of the Howard Government’s reform agenda after its initial election win in 1996.

He was also deputy leader of the Liberal Party.

His views about Fiji, expressed in his opinion column in yesterday’s Fiji Sun, show that he is positive about the direction the country is heading. He is even encouraging Aussies to keep holidaying in Fiji to support our young democracy.

The Opposition will have to play its part by focusing on issues that will help build this nation, not divide it. Government has declared it will live by the democratic ideals enshrined in the Constitution.

It is its moral obligation to do so. The Opposition will ensure that Government does.

So much is at stake for a young fledgling democracy like ours. By voting for Voreqe Bainimarama’s FijiFirst party in the general election, the majority of the people in Fiji have demonstrated that they do not want to go back to the shameful dark days of the past, in 1987 and 2000.

We need to bury the demons that have haunted us and restricted our progress as a nation.

If we work within the confines of our Constitution, we will see peace, stability and prosperity.

The Constitition contains the key ingredients that will make Fiji the way the world should be.

Mr Reith recognises it and he is talking from experience.

Feedback: nemani.delaibatiki@fijisun.com.fj

 




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