9 Oct 2014

Lack of debate on MPs' pay in Fiji decried

8:13 pm on 9 October 2014

Fijian Labour Leader Mahendra Chaudry has condemned the newly elected Fiji First administration for not allowing Parliament to debate the issue of ministerial and parliamentary salaries.

Mr Chaudry says the Government issued a decree setting pays on the 3rd of October, three days before the new Parliament convened for the first time in eight years.

He says he believes the decision to bypass Parliament was to avoid debate on a controversial issue.

Mr Chaudhry alleges the Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and the Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum have enjoyed million dollar pay packages since April 2010.

Both have refused to produce audited accounts of their pay packages during the tenure of the interim government.