|COSTLY: Military sucking up the Fiji dollars. Time it stopped.|
|WORLD : Anti military spend.|
Military spending in Fiji is not as huge as other countries but still over the top in light of its economic woes and level of poverty.
The military regime of Frank Bainimarama has not submitted its military spending to the United Nations Disarmament Committee in recent years but figures reveal that what it has been allocating to its armed forces is sizeable.
As has been revealed by researchers like Professor Wadan Narsey, with the convenient excuse of an attempted coup (by its own soldiers), the Fiji Military Forces has been illegally over-spending the budget approved by parliament every year since 2000.
It's thought the pre-2000 military budget of about $50 million, the inflation of military spending between 2000 and 2010 has cost the Fiji tax-payers an extra $450 million.
If the current trend continues until 2014, the military will have taken another extra $250 millions from the tax-payers and added it to the Public Debt. Or some $700 millions over and above their normal pre-2000 allocations.
That's $700 million dollars less for education, health, social welfare, poverty alleviation and rural development not to mention the sugar industry!
Figures released by the UN Committee as part of Stop Military Spending Day show Fiji's allocation in April 2008 as $5,950,000143,226,500.
We're unable to reproduce that data here because of the size of the graphs but you can view the full breakdown and the military spending of other countries by going to: Military Budgets