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2020-2021 National Budget Debate: The Best And Worst Speeches

This week in Parliament, we’ve seen a number of impassioned speeches during the 2020-2021 National Budget debate on one side of the House.
30 Jul 2020 09:34
2020-2021 National Budget Debate: The Best And Worst Speeches
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Inia Seruiratu.

This week in Parliament, we’ve seen a number of impassioned speeches during the 2020-2021 National Budget debate on one side of the House.

On the other side, there were speeches that would definitely leave a bad taste in your mouth.

Here are some of the best and worst.

Five best Budget addresses

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama – As the leader of the nation he was on point on where the focus should be. He was also not shy in calling out the Opposition as people who rooted for Fiji to lose. He highlighted that there were people to serve, jobs to sustain and new ones to create. He said anyone with eyes could see that every dollar of the well-structured carefully targeted $2 billion stimulus package in this Budget was allocated to do exactly that.

Inia Seruiratu – Not only did Mr Seruiratu present to the nation what his ministries intended to do, but also clarified a situation that was put on the floor. He made it clear that no Fijian was given substandard food, especially tinned fish in Kadavu. He was factual and on point.

Inia Seruiratu.

Inia Seruiratu.

Premila Kumar – Known for her hard work and on-the-ground attitude, Ms Kumar’s commitment to ensure that services from her ministries would not be affected. She also was able to cancel out the misinformation presented by the Opposition regarding the housing assistance scheme.

Semi Koroilavesau – The minister was on point and showed why the fisheries sector was important to Fiji. He said the Ministry of Fisheries will escalate, widen and maximise operational and fiscal efficiency. He highlighted what was being done to improve the fisheries sector and how important it was to carry out the planned work especially during COVID-19.

Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete – The good doctor as he is known is the epitome of workaholic. His address not only defines the hard work done by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services personnel but also caught out lies that were uttered about health services and the state of hospitals.

Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Five Worst

Mitieli Bulanauca – His address in Parliament was nothing short of a farce. Not only did he make unsubstantiated claims about COVID-19 but almost created a diplomatic row. Furthermore he goes on to push the notion of anti-Christian sentiments behind the disease. He failed to offer an alternative and goes to show that he has no understanding of what a budget is.

Mosese Bulitavu – the MP from the North presented figures and arguments which were not only wrong but without much research. It showed the lack of understanding for the Budget and who it was designed to help. Furthermore, it goes to show that some parliamentarians like to manipulate information so they can entice their supporters or create disharmony.

Niko Nawaikula – Undoubtedly and once again Mr Nawaikula did not offer any relief only criticisms. He criticises policies which are designed to help people. His delivery was designed to show misinformed supporters that he was making noises. The only thing he presented was conspiracy theories.

Viliame Gavoka – There was no alternative offered on any subject matter. And it seemed that Mr Gavoka favours a career as a pastor in a church as his address was more like a Sunday sermon.

Jese Saukuru – Nomt only were facts and figures misrepresented, Mr Saukuru also showed his disrespect for other religions in the country. He also gives figures and states facts which were not true.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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