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Grace Wants To Fight For The Less Fortunate

Provisional candidate, Faith Grace, wants to improve the wellbeing of those less fortunate people in the 2022 General Election
06 Sep 2022 17:00
Grace Wants To Fight For The Less Fortunate
SODELPA Provisional candidate, Faith Grace.

Provisional candidate, Faith Grace, wants to improve the wellbeing of those less fortunate people in the 2022 General Election.

Ms Grace says her experience has a lot to offer the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) post elections.

She shares her insights and the three main issues she expects to be highlighting during her campaign.

 

The Three Main Issues She Will Be Highlighting:

1) Education

TELS Debt forgiveness. A SODELPA Government will write off your TELS Scholarship Debt because it is not a form of Government Revenue Collection for us.

This will allow all our young people to start off their careers debt free and to promote free education up to tertiary studies whether in Academics or Higher Education or in Technical, Vocational Educational Training (TEVT) otherwise known as Trades Upskilling.

 

Qualifications will be accredited to Australia, New Zealand and Regional /International standards so that our young graduates can qualify for skilled trades abroad.

Free Tertiary Education covers all levels of study through Certificate 1, 2, 3 and 4 level studies, Diploma and Trade Diploma level right up till their Degree level.

 

2) Women and Girls

I will personally push for the “white tekiteki” movement campaigning for more women to be included into leadership roles in Government, the private sector and civil society so that women can more effectively and directly be actively involved in the decision and policy making for or against issues that impact women.

 

3) UNDRIP / Indigenous Rights and Resources

The ratification of UNDRIP which is the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People is a top priority for me and the party, especially in light of the many violations of indigenous rights which are our human rights with regards to the protection of our land, qoliqoli and other resources that we as indigenous first citizens in this nation are entitled to.

There are approximately 33 decrees passed by the Government which removed the protections afforded us by the Native Land Trust Act and the Native Land Ordnance, including institutions such as the Great Council Of Chiefs that are empowered to support or veto decisions regarding any policies regarding our indigenous rights, resources, aspirations and interests.

 

We will ensure that all these decrees are demolished and the review of the appropriate laws be put in place in order to retain the legal protections over our indigenous owned resources such as land and other issues such as aoliqoli etc.

Our indigenous institutions will also be reviewed and re-established like the GCC.

The Multi-Ethnic Affairs Ministry should also be revived that will specifically promote and sponsor the aspirations of all other ethnic groups here in our beloved country.

 

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