PM, A-G rated best per­form­ers

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Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama and At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Econ­omy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum earn the top plac­ing in the top 10 list of per­form­ers in the Bud­get de­bate

Here’s the list

1. PM Voreqe Bain­i­marama/ A-G and Min­is­ter for Econ­omy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

Con­sis­tency and clar­ity in their mes­sag­ing on Fi­jiFirst poli­cies were the hall­mark of their par­lia­men­tary con­tri­bu­tions. They did not drift away from the sub­stance of the Bud­get de­bate

2. Min­is­ter for Health and Med­i­cal Ser­vices Jone Usa­mate

He is be­com­ing an ac­com­plished de­ba­tor in Par­lia­ment. His abil­ity to re­spond to crit­i­cisms from the Op­po­si­tion off the cuff was im­pres­sive. He is rapidly de­vel­op­ing to be an ef­fec­tive strike weapon for Gov­ern­ment.

3. Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, Her­itage and Arts Ma­hen­dra Reddy, Min­is­ter for Women, Chil­dren and Poverty Al­le­vi­a­tion Rosy Ak­bar

They were well pre­pared in their pre­sen­ta­tions. They let facts and fig­ures do the talk­ing for them. Mr Reddy stood his ground against the con­stant snip­ing to dis­credit him. His pas­sion for ed­u­ca­tion came out clearly and he seemed to en­joy him­self when he was on the floor. Ms Ak­bar, though did not get in­ter­jected that of­ten, stuck to her script and got the job done.

4. Min­is­ter for In­dus­try, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya

Mr Koya summed up the Op­po­si­tion well as act­ing as a po­lit­i­cal dem­a­gogue and he stood his ground in de­bunk­ing some myths thrown by the Op­po­si­tion.

5. Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture, Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment and Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Inia Seruiratu

Dis­played his con­fi­dence and strength in ar­tic­u­lat­ing Gov­ern­ment’s poli­cies. He re­in­forced the Gov­ern­ment side when un­der at­tack from the Op­po­si­tion.

6. Min­is­ter for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment, Hous­ing and En­vi­ron­ment Parveen Ku­mar

He spices his con­tri­bu­tions with a bit of hu­mour es­pe­cially when he is re­spond­ing to Op­po­si­tion ques­tions.

7. SODELPA MP Vil­iame Ga­voka

He was the best in the Op­po­si­tion camp. Mr Ga­voka spoke with pas­sion and did not hold back with ideas on how to im­prove the econ­omy. He showed why he is party leader ma­te­rial.

8. SODELPA MP Salote Radro­dro

Ms Radro­dro showed why she should be in Par­lia­ment. She did not shy away from ask­ing perti­nent ques­tions. Her ex­pe­ri­ence in the civil service gives her an ad­van­tage.

9. SODELPA MP Mos­ese Buli­tavu

Mr Buli­tavu was busy dur­ing the Bud­get de­bate. While one or two ques­tions to Gov­ern­ment may have missed the mark he was ful­fill­ing the Op­po­si­tion role to scru­ti­nise Gov­ern­ment

10. SODELPA MP Aseri Radro­dro

Mr Radro­dro asked the rel­e­vant ques­tions which were recog­nised by the Gov­ern­ment.

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau.

Prime min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

Ne­mani De­laibatiki

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