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Ladies and Gentlemen, we all know that domestic violence in Fiji is far too common. We are working hard in Government and civil society to end it, but I say that more can be done. You have heard me say many times—and I will say it again: Domestic violence is a national shame. Rape is a national shame. And together we must do much more to stop them.
We come together as a nation today in a solemn act of faith – a service of remembrance and thanksgiving to commemorate the first anniversary of one of the most traumatic days in Fijian history.
No other government in Fijian history has done more to develop our economy and the tourism industry in particular. No other government has looked at the Fijian economy holistically as we have. Our record of economic management is unrivalled – seven straight years of growth including an impressive two per cent in one of the most testing years in our history.
As I’ve said many times before, sport in Fiji is one of the greatest sources of unity and of inspiration for our people. We have a love of athletic competition unrivalled anywhere in the world, and therein lies the real secret to our success – our passion. The passion seen from our cheering fans here at home and the passion our athletes bring to competition – that is why we are able to continually amaze the world with our success.
I rise to inform Honourable Members about aspects of Fiji’s presidency of COP 23 – the ongoing UN negotiations on climate change that I will preside over in Bonn, Germany, in November.
I’m delighted to be here with you all on my first day in Kadavu to officially handover these desks, chairs, beds and mattresses to the deserving students of Kavala Bay Primary School. My first stop on what will be a very busy couple of days opening development projects all across Kadavu. 
All of you here today know, that is why nursing stations like this are so important. Here, you can be treated for injuries before they cause permanent damage, if left untreated. Here, expectant mothers can get the advice and care they need to give birth to healthy babies.
This campus – and the knowledge and opportunity it represents – stands as a realisation of a promise. A promise I made that our young people would have access to a far-reaching network of technical college campuses.
Fiji is doing very well. For seven (7) straight years, our economy has grown; we have created unprecedented employment opportunities; and attracted record levels of investment. We have achieved so much success because my Government recognised a simple fact – a fact that went unnoticed far too long under Governments of the past.
I know that for many people, this may be just one of many projects the Government undertakes each year. But to me, it is important, and that is why I am here. We build the fabric of our nation thread by thread, stitch by stitch. Every village counts. Every citizen counts
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