SODELPA’s newly-sworn in Member of Parliament Mere Samisoni had a lot to say during her swearing-in speech in Parliament yesterday.
She is asking for a talanoa session between the Government and the Opposition side on rubbish. Yes, rubbish. She wants a talanoa session to deal with people throwing rubbish on streets, in our rivers and seas, in creeks.
Her call for a talanoa session follows a call from MP Niko Nawaikula as well. The SODELPA stalwart said the Opposition was waiting for an invite for a cup of tea with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and talanoa about climate change.
Talanoa between the Government and the Opposition will achieve little or nothing as long as Fijians think it is all right to throw rubbish without a second thought.
It is silly that Ms Samisoni and Mr Nawaikula think the Leader of the Opposition having a cup of tea with the Prime Minister will solve the issue of rubbish.
Unless and until we Fijians become serious about our behaviour and spare a thought before we discard rubbish, nothing will change. It will take much more than a talanoa, Ms Samisoni, to clean our country of the filth we have accumulated over the decades.
SODELPA MP Niko Nawaikula in Parliament on March 7, 2018.
Photo: Parliament of Fiji