“Tabling a report in parliament” Letter to Editor 19th Oct. 2014
“Tabling a report in Parliament, elected representatives and taxpayers”.
Letter to Editor (The Fiji Times, Fiji Sun, Republika) (sent 19 October 2014)
On Friday 17th of October, the Minister of Finance stated that he was tabling in parliament, the Auditor General Reports from 2007 to 2013.
In previous years, “tabling a government report in parliament” meant that the elected representatives of the people of Fiji, the media, the taxpayers and hence the people of Fiji were being given the reports.
Instead what we see today is that the Auditor General Reports are apparently going to be first discussed by the Public Accounts Committee. That is not the same as making the Auditor General Reports available to the taxpayers and the people.
As a taxpayer, I call on the Minister of Finance (current and all those who have been Ministers of Finance since 2006), the Permanent Secretary of Finance and the Auditor General to
(a) Do their duty and make all the Auditor General Reports from 2007 to 2013 immediately available to the media, the taxpayers and the people of Fiji
(b) Inform the people of Fiji through the media, whether these Auditor General Reports are the original reports sent by the Auditor General to the Ministry of Finance or whether they have been revised in any way whatsoever since then.
Professor Wadan Narsey