Between the Lines

BTL: 13th June, 2019

If you had not noticed, there has been a change. This time last year, MP Aseri Radrodro, a chartered accountant, was the Economy spokesperson. After the General Election, he was appointed deputy Whip. Opposition leader Sitiveni Rabuka became the Economy spokesperson. In this year’s pre-Budget hype, he did something unusual.
13 Jun 2019 13:08
BTL: 13th June, 2019

Dr Luveni legacy

The legacy of the former Speaker, the late Dr Jiko Luveni, still lives on – literally.

The board at the parking area outside Parliament still says Reserved for Madam Speaker.

Her replacement, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, was elected on February 11.

It’s obvious no one has looked at the board closely except BTL.

Now we can expect the notice to be corrected soon.

Rabuka challenge

Yesterday the SODELPA Opposition parliamentary caucus attended a  workshop in preparation for the Budget debate that begins in Parliament next Monday.

If you had not noticed, there has been a change. This time last year, MP Aseri Radrodro, a chartered accountant, was the Economy spokesperson. After the General Election, he was appointed deputy Whip. Opposition leader Sitiveni Rabuka became the Economy spokesperson. In this year’s pre-Budget hype, he did something unusual.

He called a press conference and tried to pre-empt the Budget saying the economy was heading for collapse. In his Budget address in Parliament, Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum hit back at Mr Rabuka accusing him of sabotage.

There are still some in SODELPA who could not understand why Mr Rabuka got the Economy portfolio when Mr Radrodro had done an excellent job in his Budget response last year. BTL understands that the reasons included Mr Rabuka’s experience as a former Prime Minister.

He is going to face a tough uphill battle to highlight what he thinks are the weak points in the Budget.

Free Parking

Good news for those shopping at a supermarket.

A social media update by the supermarket said customers would no longer need to pay for parking as negotiations with landlords have been successful in ensuring free parking.

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