It’s SDL policies: Qarase
THE Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua Party says the 2009 Budget is an indication of support for its affirmative action polices.Ousted prime Minister Laisenia Qarase said apart from a reduction in economic growth forecast by the interim Government and major omissions in allocation for sugar, the interim Government had taken a leaf out of his party’s policies.
“The nation knows one of the criticisms made by interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama was that the affirmative action policies of the SDL were discriminatory,” he said.
“To the interim Prime Minister such initiatives were wrong. But now he is entangled in a contradiction.
“What was previously racist is now an official part of the regime’s policy. The budget shows that the interim Government has embraced affirmative action,” he said.
“It is the party’s views that these pro-Fijian measures have been included in the budget to win Fijian support and favour.
“I can say with confidence, however, that Fijians will not be fooled by this manoeuvre,” Mr Qarase said.
Mr Qarase called a press conference yesterday to express the party’s views on the budget.
“We always stressed that affirmative action was a pro-poor initiative that benefited the disadvantaged and needy from all communities. This budget contains a number of initiatives similar to those introduced earlier.”
(Fiji Times 25/11/08)
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