11 Feb 2015

Fiji govt pushing through with casino plans

5:22 pm on 11 February 2015

Fiji's government is planning to push through with plans for a casino, saying there will be no referendum on the issue.

This comes despite opposition comments in Parliament this morning that a casino would be alien for Fiji and people should be asked whether they want one.

The Minister for Justice Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has confirmed Fiji's first casino licence-holder One Hundred Sands has had its paper's revoked after failing to get off the ground.

He told Parliament the tourism industry is looking forward to a casino and draft laws are in place.

"Times have changed, Madame Speaker. We do not live in a time warp. We move along, The nation is maturing, the nation is growing, the tourism sector is changing and indeed Madame Speaker, the tourism nature in the world is changing."

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum says the government is liaising with other countries which have Casino Commissions.