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Backing For Fiji

The Speaker of the New Zealand Parliament David Carter joined the chorus of support for the Fijian Government’s decision to rejoin the Inter-Parliamentary Union. The motion, moved by Prime Minister
13 May 2015 12:18
Backing For Fiji
New Zealand Member of Parliament (from left), Phil Goff, Speaker David Carter and MP Mark Mitchell during their visit to the Fijian Parliament yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Speaker of the New Zealand Parliament David Carter joined the chorus of support for the Fijian Government’s decision to rejoin the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

The motion, moved by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was endorsed with unanimous support from both sides of the House yesterday.

Mr Carter said the move to rejoin the union that boasts 166 members and 10 associate members showed the Fijian Government’s determination to reconnect with democracy around the world.

“A point that I have made strongly on every occasion is that a good democracy will require a strong government and a strong Opposition and in fact if you don’t have a strong Opposition having its opportunity to hold government into account, then we won’t have a strong democracy in this country,” he said.

Mr Carter is visiting the Fijian Parliament in a reciprocal visit after Fijian parliamentarians visited New Zealand a few weeks ago. Accompanying him are parliamentarians Phil Goff, Mark Mitchell, Clerk to Parliament, Mary Harris and Parliamentary Relations and Policy Officer, Daniel Tusker.

Mr Carter was impressed with the development of parliamentary exchanges, especially with questions and answers from both sides of the House.

Despite the previously fractured relationships at political levels between Fiji and New Zealand, Mr Carter promised  continued assistance to his Fijian parliamentary colleagues.

“There’s the opportunity, at New Zealand cost, for the Speaker of the Fijian Parliament to come down to meet with other speakers from the Pacific Region including myself as we meet with Martin Chungong Secretary general of IPU.

Another specific offer we made to Madam Speaker and Secretary- General is that if we could help with some of the support structure,” he said.

His comments were backed by Phil Goff, a former senior Cabinet Minister and Leader of the Opposition.

Feedback:  litia.cava@fijisun.com.fj

 




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