Top three WORST and BEST quotes:
The WORST: Mosese Bulitavu:
The marketing support to Fiji Airways under Head 50 with direct flights to Singapore as a connecting point to our trade markets in Asia can be an opportunity for terrorist groups and is a threat to our national security.
Let us introduce a Qoliqoli Tax to replace the environmental tax that we charged today. Instead of six per cent, make it eight per cent. On tourism alone, Madam Speaker, that was $1.5billion last year, eight per cent would be $120million immediately.
I was not very happy to look at the Budget, especially from the Ministry for Works and also when I read in the paper and also saw in the TV that the Honourable Prime Minister opening the jetty in Gau. And, I thought to myself, why not Lakeba?
The BEST: Voreqe Bainimarama:
Madam Speaker, sometimes your opponents will attack you by going for the jugular vein, then when it comes to this Budget, the Opposition has shown an instinct for the capillary forum.
I was very happy to consider Honourable Leader of the Opposition’s request about a particular road to be done because she was very polite.
The Opposition continues to operate as a demagogue, trying to appeal to desires rather than using rational arguments. As an example the Opposition has gone to the media and made claims that the Honourable Minister for Economy has nine Ministerial portfolios which, Madam Speaker, is incorrect.