18 Sep 2009

Fiji NGO cool about regime's casino plans

2:05 pm on 18 September 2009

A Non-Government Organisation in Fiji says an idea supported by the interim Prime Minister to set up casinos to alleviate poverty won't be greatly accepted by the wider community.

Commodore Frank Bainimarama announced his support of the idea that was floated at the Public and Private Sector Consultative Forum on the 2010 Budget.

Father Kevin Barr of the Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy says the concept of establishing casinos in the country has been around for many years.

"The idea of keeping it for tourist only possibly makes it a bit more appealing to many people, but as I mention there's always the danger of saying okay it starts like that... and then it gets open to everybody, whether or not you like the idea, the history of the discussions about casinos indicates that there's probably not a lot of people who would give it their approval."

Father Kevin Barr of ECREA.