18 Nov 2004

Fiji opposition MP calls for fewer MPs, shorter terms

9:52 am on 18 November 2004

An opposition member of parliament in Fiji says the country should have fewer MPs and a shorter term for parliament.

The New Labour Unity Party MP, Ofa Swann, says a total of 103 members in the House of Representatives and the Senate is too big a number for a small country like Fiji and a huge drain on the country's finances.

Ms Swann says the Australian state of Queensland has a population of more than 3-million but has only 47 members of parliament.

She has also called for the life of parliament to be reduced from the current five years to only three or four.

Ms Swann says if MPs have to face the electorate more often, their performance would improve.