Between the Lines

BTL: 5th May, 2019

“As a happily retired soldier, I hope I am not providing any ammunition for literary mischief by the editor and publisher of Plus magazine.”
05 May 2019 13:24
BTL: 5th May, 2019

Pacer Plus saga

Negotiations are still continuing in the long drawn-out battle between Fiji and the two neighbours Australia and New Zealand over the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (Pacer Plus).

BTL understands there are still remaining issues that need to be agreed on.

As it originally stood Pacer Plus did not favour Fiji and would not improve the trade imbalance that existed.

One year ago Trade permanent secretary Shaheen Ali said Fiji had made significant progress in the negotiations, but it maintained its position as a non-signatory until all grievances were addressed.

BTL understands some of those issues have not been resolved, especially the ones that put Fiji at a disadvantage.

Once the labour mobility issue that Fiji is pushing for is sorted, it could speed up the process.

But there is no guarantee, BTL understands.
Magazine definition

When Speaker Ratu Epeli Nailatikau launched the Plus magazine in Suva last Thursday, he said: “My own involvement with magazines spans a career, though along another trajectory.

“I take some delight in mentioning that connection, not just to impress the wordsmith in Julian (Julian Moti, publisher), but to highlight the etymology of the word ‘magazine’ from its military derivation and use.

“In military parlance, a ‘magazine’ describes the “detachable device, receptacle or chamber for holding a supply of cartridges to be fed automatically to the breech of a gun.

“For a soldier, the deployment and popularisation of the word ‘magazine’ in the literary context as a common reference to periodicals might seem somewhat mischievous, but not when its military association with ammunition is discarded to emphasise its origin as a ‘storehouse’ or ‘depot’ – simply of information.

“As a happily retired soldier, I hope I am not providing any ammunition for literary mischief by the editor and publisher of Plus magazine.”

Ratu Epeli is a former Commander of the then Royal Fiji Military Forces.

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