SODELPA launches manifesto, announces key policies
SODELPA Party Leader, Sitiveni Rabuka during the launch of their manifesto
Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Maggie Boyle
The Social Democratic Liberal Party launched their manifesto this afternoon in Suva highlighting a number of key policies.
SODELPA Party Leader, Sitiveni Rabuka says if they form the next government, among their policies are seven key pillars incorporating the economy, cost of living, workers’ rights and the rule of law and human rights.
“We are launching today the booklet which contains our dreams, our aspirations, what we have worked for, we contributed to the Fiji of our dreams, unfortunately it sort of became very hazy in the last 12 years.”
Among the initiatives the party is proposing is the removal of the Tertiary Education Loan Scheme.
He says they will restore the scholarship scheme and for those currently on the TELS program, the Rabuka government will pay for their studies.
“That’ll be taken over by government because it’ll come in the new budget, in the following year’s budget. The loan of money has been put aside for them to borrow from and for that amount to pay the institutions, into the universities.”
Other initiatives the party is proposing includes the removal of VAT from basic food items, the introduction of a four dollar national minimum wage and the restoration of the retirement age to 60 years in the civil service.
Notably absent from the manifesto launch however was the Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa who had a prior engagement and Party President Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu whose overseas.
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