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Letters To The Editor, October 20, 2015

Parliamentary Emoluments Amenatave Yaconisau, Delainavesi This paper should also be ready to criticise parliamentarians if it’s factual. Alot has been said of parliamentary emoluments and whether it is fair pay
20 Oct 2015 10:25
Letters To The Editor, October 20, 2015

Parliamentary Emoluments

Amenatave Yaconisau, Delainavesi

This paper should also be ready to criticise parliamentarians if it’s factual.

Alot has been said of parliamentary emoluments and whether it is fair pay for a day’s work and of course to other people of this country.

I understand that the salaries, allowances and other benefits payable to our parliamentarians are based on a written law under section 80 of the constitution.

Last year our parliamentarians worked 35 days (seven weeks) annually with a minimum salary of $50,000 (opposition MP).

Barely twelve months into service when proposal for review of this terms and conditions is made with the recommendation to downgrade contact hours from seven weeks to four weeks.

Being a parliamentarian is a full time job, and the number of times they meet in a year should reflect this.

It seems that a few parliamentarians have other form of employment whilst they receive this hefty package.

Whether such brief commitment contributes to their effectiveness or they need to be honest to voters and resign gracefully is another thing.

I believe that any reduction in contact hours should be underlined by a reduction in salary and allowances.  Whilst I understand that extra-parliamentary commitment with constituents is a vital aspect of parliamentarians job, there are alot of poor people in this country who barely cope below the poverty level wages.

Lets be fair to all.

 

Quality Rugby
Osea Sivo Naisau,
Nailaga, Ba

They went, saw and conquered. In the quarters, the Welsh and the Scots were on the verge of winning until the last minutes against the Boks and the Wallabies respectively.

Whereas the All Blacks and the Pumas mauled and subdued the French and the Irish in their respective encounter.

The rugby displayed by the above eight teams was of high quality because the best of  the best in rugby were taking part.

Eighty mins of speed and strength at the highest level where every minute counts. Simple right moves and mistakes costly for better or worse.

The All Blacks and the Pumas are favourites as victors in the semis judging from the way they played so well in their last outings.

Whereas on the other hand, the Springboks and the Wallabies have to put in extra efforts to be victorious.

The big three (AB, Springboks and Wallabies) are familiar with the routine and atmosphere of the conclusive part of the tourney. For they had each come out victors twice in the past.

While the Pumas had once tasted the routine and atmosphere once but is yet to stand alone at the summit of World Rugby.

Don’t count them out for they know how to mix it with them. For next weekend these four teams will be at center stage in one of the world’s top sporting events with multi million pairs of eyes watching from around the globe.

 

 

Fijian Disaster

Tukai Lagonilakeba,
Namaka

It is a reality, from January to December each year we are faced with the reality of climate change and the rise in sea level, at national level it challenges the very fabric of our society and it requires the positive proactive input and attention of every Fijian, our hurricane season now no longer is from October to April each year.

One other reality which we are all now questioning ourselves with is the weekly occurrence of rapes by our grandfathers, fathers, uncles, brothers and unheard of is the cases of rape charges against our Christian church pastors, talatala or Reverends from unregistered breakaway churches throughout the country.

What is wrong with our Fijian society, I do hope church members in our midst irrespective of what denomination they belong to, please speak out and report this rogue talatala’s.

Upon observing the statistics from the Fiji Police Force one cannot bypass and ignore the weekly reports of arson and deaths from home fires, drowning, road deaths through vehicle accidents, murders of any form and our road sides littered with all sorts of garbage which can be seen everywhere we go in Fiji and is an eye shore.

All of the above can be classified a national disaster, moral breakdown, it just goes to show our lack of respect for fellow humans, our environment, country and the world over.

How effective are the roles our churches play? Or are they merely just interested in the preaching of tithes and its collection to satisfy their worldly cravings and to maintain their expensive family lifestyle.

Come on Fiji, wake up, where do we draw a line and Stop.




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