24 Jan 2013

Beddoes accuses Fiji regime leader of hypocrisy

5:18 pm on 24 January 2013

The leader of Fiji's United Peoples Party says the interim Prime Minister is being a hypocrite in refusing to disclose the government's accounts and finances.

Under the regime's political parties decree, all parties and their officials are required to declare their finances, assets and liabilities.

However, the regime refuses to listen to repeated calls to disclose the government's finances.

Mick Beddoes says he has no problem with the order and expects it to be a rule across the board.

He says because the Prime Minister's office is responsible for two billion dollars worth of tax payers' funds, he should be making financial disclosures himself.

"They are being hypocritical because they've isolated themselves. Just imagine it. They're not elected by the people, they have committed the worst crime possible against the people back in 2006. And they've taken that position by force. And then they're saying that it's not a public office. Prime Minister of the country and the cabinet ministers, it's not a public office? Well if it's not a public office, I don't know what is."

Mick Beddoes says any party's refusal to disclose its finances shows it has something to hide.