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The 2016 Budget: Review

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Fiji’s 2016 Budget: consistent, confused?
By Matthew Dornan on Dec 17, 2015 06:00 am



Fiji’s 2016 budget was delivered last month by the Minister for Finance and Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, with the theme of “a strong Fiji, a fair Fiji, a healthy Fiji”. The second budget of a democratically elected Bainimarama government, it included a few surprises and policy reversals, which are discussed below. As a whole, however, the budget was very much a continuation of budgets delivered by the government in previous years (including prior to its election).
The highlights of the 2016 budget include:
Significant changes to the value added tax (VAT), including a decrease in the VAT rate, which will drop from 15% to 9%, and the imposition of VAT on basic food items and certain medicines that were previously exempt.Higher taxation of the tourism industry, including increases to the Service Turnover Tax (applicable to a range of tourism services, including hotel accommodation) ra…

Parliamentary Committee to Investigate Torture Claims

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BREAKING NEWS. Military zero tolerance violence
against women.
http://fijisun.com.fj/2015/12/12/military-supports-national-campaign/

This is a healthy development. I hope the Committee starts by defining torture, and if the Fiji allegations fall outside the definition, it be widened to include brutality,  a less emotional and, in my opinion, a more appropriate term for the alleged actions. Further down the road the real test will be whether government acts on the Committee's recommendations should they find the allegations valid.   - Croz


Torture claimsSiteri SauvakacolBBBBBo And Nasik Swami Tuesday, December 15, 2015 http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=333929
A MEETING of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence yesterday has agreed to look into allegations of torture by lawyer Aman Ravindra Singh and the abrupt departure of the former commissioner of police. The meeting followed a letter from committee member Roko Tupou Draunidalo to committee chairman …