News and Comments Tuesday 27 March 2012
NAMOSI MINE. A decision on whether to proceed with the controversial mine is expected next month.
MSG. Melanesian Spearhead Group foreign ministers met in Suva yesterday before the leaders' summit on Friday. The adoption of the skills Movement Scheme which aims to source skilled labour from within the Melanesian Spearhead Group region is one of the issues to be discussed.
COCA COLA BUYS FIJI BREWERIES.Beverage company Coca-Cola Amatil will spend A$58 million (about F$108m) to buy the Fijian beer and spirits business unit formerly owned by Foster’s. The Fiji business comprises brewery and distillery operations in Fiji and Samoa.
PINA. The Pacific Islands News Association media summit began at the Lagoon Resort, Pacific Harbour with a series of workshops yesterday. More than 100 journalists from around the region will converge to discuss pertinent issues regarding the media industry.
MERE SAMISONI. The Court yesterday declined the application of the Director of Prosecutions Office that she had breached her bail conditions.
QUARANTINE BAN LIFTED. The 30-day typhoid ban on villages and settlements in Ba province has been lifted.
RATU TEVITA M. WELCOMES MOVE ON GCC. A former Prime Minister and former Labour Party member has welcomed the move to de-establish the Great Council of Chiefs.
Ratu Tevita Momoedonu welcomed the announcement by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, saying the GCC has become irrelevant.He says the GCC was set up initially to assist Colonial Rulers develop the i-Taukei. Ratu Tevita says a Council should be set up to replace the GCC with membership made up of the i-Taukei elite that can act as an advisory to the Government on development matters.
He also criticised the membership of the GCC, where according to him, members were once chiefs.This he says changed as members were being drawn from politicians and the church.
FLP WANTS DIFFERENT ROADMAP. The Fiji Labour Party wants to replace Government's Roadmap with one that it says will be "truly independent and genuinely inclusive." The party thinks Government's Roadmap has been imposed on the country "without any consultation with political parties or civil society organisations." In its place the FLP "recommends that the President’s Political Dialogue Forum (PPDF) abandoned after the abrogation of the Constitution in April 2009, be resuscitated to determine a roadmap based on consensus."
The FLP also wants political parties and civil society organisations, including trade unions, to be able to meet and consult with their constituents without having to seek permission; the media to be "fair, balanced and [to provide] accurate coverage"; the lifting of the State Proceedings (Amendment) Decree; and "the inclusion of political parties, NGOs and civil society organisations in the civic education programmes to ensure ...that these programmes do not become indoctrination sessions pushing a preconceived agenda."
The party also "questioned the need to write up an entirely new constitution noting that the 1997 constitution was promulgated following wide consultations with the people, and that it had the broad agreement of all the communities. " It thought a revised 1997 constitution would permit early elections, and wanted the revisions to provide "appropriate safeguards [to restrict the military] from engaging in politics."
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