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Development Issues Key: Bishop

Australia’s Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bronwyn Bishop, says discussing key development issues is crucial for parliamentarians because at the end of the day they are making the law.
09 Jun 2015 10:02
Development Issues Key: Bishop

Australia’s Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bronwyn Bishop, says discussing key development issues is crucial for parliamentarians because at the end of the day they are making the law.

Ms Bishop made those comments while officiating the opening of the Fijian Parliamentarians Forum at the Warwick Fiji Resort and Spa at Korolevu yesterday.

She said it was vital that parliamentarians developed a mutual understanding and worked together.

“I think it’s a good retreat where members of Parliament can come and have discussions and hear different aspects of what they are looking at. I think there’s been a very good balance,” she said.

I think the relationship between Australia and Fiji is very important and I think the affection the Australian people have for the Fijian people is a very strong bond.

“In the parliamentary sense anything I can do to help to work with Madam Speaker here I’m delighted to do.”

Ms Bishop said transparency and accountability were important in any parliamentary system.

Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni said parliamentarians were essential to development in Fiji and the region.

“I trust that this forum will be a small but important step forward in ensuring that our Parliament is increasingly engaged with development in Fiji and the work we undertake is of direct and visible benefit to the people,” she said.

Member of Parliament from New Zealand Su’a William Sio hopes the forum will deepen parliamentarians’ understanding to achieve the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations.

“It is about having a discussion among Members of Parliament because at the end of the day the UN has provided all this information but it’s up to the Fijian Government what they do about it,” he said.

“Also they need to set what their priority will be for the next four to five years and beyond that.”

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