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AG Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum Responds to ACTU

“Out-of-touch” does not begin to describe the Australian Council of Trade Unions’ (ACTU) view of Fiji. In statement after statement by the organization’s president, Ged Kearney, reality is supplanted by some perverse fiction.

It is not even a matter of interpretation. She is plainly ill informed, issuing knee-jerk commentary about our country with an utter disregard for the truth.

It is the likely result of having unionist “informants” who are blinded by self-interest. All political parties and groups are in fact allowed to meet to discuss our new constitution. She is incorrect. And no one is running from wild-eyed gunman. She has come unhinged.

Fiji is moving forward, modernising itself and its institutions for the betterment of all Fijians. Yet as the Bainimarama Government empowers its citizens and ushers Fiji into the 21st century, the ACTU is hopelessly stuck in the past—ensconced in the 19th century understanding that Fijians cannot take care of themselves. As evinced by our strengthening economy, increasing foreign investment, expanding social welfare programs—especially for those on the margins of society—a clear and transparent process for formulating a new constitution, and expanding global ties, it is clear we can.