1 Jun 2005

Fiji's PM says Labour's boycott will not affect Reconciliation Bill's progress

10:22 am on 1 June 2005

Fiji's prime minister says the Labour Party's planned boycott of parliament during the second reading of the Reconciliation and Unity Bill will have no effect on progress of the legislation.

Laisenia Qarase has told Radio Legend the Bill will go through parliament with or without the presence of the Labour Party.

Mr Qarase says Labour should use this opportunity to make its views known instead of walking out.

He says parliamentary debate is part of the democratic process that Labour should take advantage of, adding that if they decide to stay away, nobody can stop them.

Mr Qarase says the government will still have the majority and a quorum in the House and the debate will go on.