20 Jun 2019

Fiji opposition fails to reduce PM's travel allowance

11:48 am on 20 June 2019

An opposition motion to reduce the Fiji prime minister's travel allowance has been defeated in parliament.

Frank Bainimarama

Frank Bainimarama Photo: RNZ / Koroi Hawkins

The Sodelpa MP Nico Nawaikula had wanted Frank Bainimarama's US$550,000 allowance reduced to $460,000.

Mr Nawaikula said Mr Bainimarama is regularly overseas, where he gets a daily allowance of almost $US1,500.

But the attorney general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, defended the allowance in parliament, adding that travel expenses have been reduced.