Exploitation of migrant workers must stop

Editorial Two Issue 403, November 15, 2018 We have carried two reports of exploitation of vulnerable workers at two different parts of the country, in each of which the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has imposed fines and/or ordered compensation on charges of having made their workers overworked and underpaid. In the first case, A Labour Inspectorate investigation found that Jagran…

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Inter-agency ‘dialogue’ on harder China line

Sam Sachdeva Defence Force chief Kevin Short has offered some insight into the Government’s harder line on China, confirming a ‘dialogue’ took place about the strength of statements in a new defence policy document. National claims the comments, along with a lack of movement on a free trade upgrade, show uncertainty about the Government’s position on China is starting to…

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Democracy under test again in Fiji

Editorial One Issue 403, November 1, 2018 Fiji’s President Major General (Retired) Jioji Konusi Konrote has rightly said that the forthcoming general election places the country on the crossroads of democracy and that the choice of the people will define the country’s future, The quadrennial election, scheduled to be held on November 14, 2018, can shape the direction of the…

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Why Journalism is becoming a deadly profession

Editorial Two Issue 403, November 1, 2018 Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister Trade and Export Growth David Parker should be applauded for condemning in the ‘strongest of terms’ the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The brutal murder of an outspoken scribe inside the diplomatic mission of his own country in Istanbul raises several questions over the value…

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Rumour mill keeps Bridges in a spin

Peter Wilson Mr Bridges’ grip on the National Party leadership has almost certainly been weakened by the disastrous press conference he called to explain why Jami-Lee Ross decided to go on leave. The Botany MP will be away for several months dealing with what he described as “personal and private” health issues. Unwise decision Inevitably, the media questioned Mr Bridges on…

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