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Words Without Action Empty

Words without action are empty things that produce nothing, says Opposition MP and National Federation Party (NFP) president Tupou Draunidalo during her maiden speech in Parliament yesterday. She said the
14 Oct 2014 11:35
Words Without Action Empty

Words without action are empty things that produce nothing, says Opposition MP and National Federation Party (NFP) president Tupou Draunidalo during her maiden speech in Parliament yesterday.

She said the President’s speech sounded very good and it said all of the right things about moving forward and ending the coup culture.

“His Excellency’s speech produces great, positive things for Fiji. We cannot move forward by doing the same old things and worse; doing those same old things to a worse degree,”Ms Draunidalo said.

She said the removal of the entrenched constitutional provisions with regard to native land in the 2013 Constitution would cause feelings of apprehension, fear, alienation and ostracism on many indigenous Fijians.

“Removing entrenched constitutional provisions with regard to native land is thus an alienating and ostracising act.”

She said the removal of a symbolic institution like the Bose Levu Vakaturaga was an alienating and ostracising act.

“But to promote peace, harmony and the greater good, especially with the 60 per cent I have referred to, dialogue, consultation, compromise and agreement as to reforms would have been the much better route”.

She also added that the Fijian name was used for the indigenous race for very, very many years.

“His Excellency’s government could have spent very little time and resources to show sensitivity on this issue and take all of us together to the promised new Fiji under a common name.”

She also stated that achieving broad political dialogue and agreement requires leadership on all sides, dialogue, and agreement.

“The Honourable Mr Justice Jai Ram Reddy and former Prime Minister Rabuka, who began this military coup culture in Fiji, achieved this great dialogue and understanding via the 1997 Constitution. They managed to achieve the great political statement of unity of our time, the 1997 Constitution and I have hopes that it can be done again,”Ms Draunidalo said.

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