3 Dec 2014

Fiji opposition critical of budget

9:35 am on 3 December 2014

Fiji's opposition finance spokesperson says the budget announced by the government last month is economically boring, unrealistic and will increase the gap between rich and poor.

Fiji's Speaker of Parliament, Dr Jiko Luveni

Fiji's Speaker, Dr Jiko Luveni Photo: Fiji Department of Information

In the opposition's formal reply to the budget in parliament today, Biman Prasad announced his support for many of the budget measures.

However, in his speech often interjected by heckles from the government benches, Mr Prasad said many of the policies had shortcomings that needed to be addressed.

He said the budget overall had little vision and contained several worrying elements.

"This budget, and this government, has gone into what we would call a brain glitch, because they cannot truly see the basis of the future of this country"

The finance minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says the address was flawed and contradictory, saying that Mr Prasad is subject to a lot of theories which are not based on fact.