8 Dec 2004

Solomons politician blames budget woes on foreign contractors

2:08 pm on 8 December 2004

A veteran Solomon Islands politician, Bartholomew Ulufa'alu, says private Australian contractors brought in by the Regional Assistance Mission have created tensions which may explain why the budget accounts don't balance.

He says the Budget documents can't be reconciled and he lays part of the blame on departments not working properly together to produce them.

Mr Ulufa'alu says many of the consultants brought in RAMSI are from private industry, which is profit driven, while public sector culture is service driven.

He says the mistakes in the accounts are not necessarily RAMSI's fault, adding that Solomon Islanders are equally to blame.

"It is maybe really the relationship between Solomon Islanders and RAMSI personnel in terms of the civilian package. That is, it is not one of a happy family, and may be this is why these oversights have been made without people sighting them."

Bartholomew Ulufa'alu