2015 national budget passed
December 8, 2014 6:05 pm
For the first time in the history of Fiji’s parliamentary democracy, a national budget was passed without an Opposition.
This was after all Opposition Members walked out of Parliament yesterday.
Finance Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says, they are now ready to serve all Fijians and fulfil the promises laid out in the FijiFirst manifesto.
“The government has a job to do; we want supplies to be approved, because we can then start calling for tenders, because the figures are there so the Fiji Procurement Office can start working. The ministries from next week can start cracking on, because I am sure the people who want water in Nadi, they want the pipes laid quickly.”
Sayed-Khaiyum says this is not the time for fun and games, and the government respects the electorate and will not slacken off, because of the diversion created by the opposition.
“Frankly they have not just led down all Fijian people but in particular those who voted for them. They were put there to keep all sides in check, and here they are walking out of it.”
Meanwhile the Opposition say they will not participate in any parliament sitting related to the budget.
Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa says they want the entire 2015 Budget Estimates reprinted as they had sited 16 errors.
This is however too late.
“We cannot just go along, with something that we know is not legal, is not according to the 2013 Constitution, and is not right, for us to work with and to agree, or to support this budget.”
The Parliament will sit again at 9 o’clock to decide the order of the day, now that the debate on the budget has ended.