Showing posts from June 10, 2012

The New Forum Blog

Fiji Political and Constitutional Forum
This is a new and totally independent blog that invites readers to comment on some 30-odd issues relating to the Constitution and Election dialogues. While there is is provision for general comments covering several issues, the main part of the blog is devoted to one-issue questions. For example, what readers think about the Constitution Assembly, its membership, role and powers; what relationship Fiji should have with the Queen; who should appoint or elect the President, and what his roles and powers should be should be. And so on.

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.

       National Identity

What is Fiji's national identity? Is it the coconut tree, the kacau, the saqa moli, the iri buli? Many scholars have said that Fiji is a diverse country.  That’s okay but if we look back in history we see the British, who were also part of our history, who brought in the indentured labourers who did so much hard work that they contributed to where we are today. Many modern young “Fijians” still don’t know why the Indians were brought in. Perhaps it is time they were were enlightened!

New Zealand has the Kiwi and the Silver Fern, Australia has the kangaroo and perhaps the wallaby and Waltzing Matilda, to top it of, they also have Ayers Rock and much more. The US has th…

Fiji's First Multi-Racial Cricket Club

Graham Davis – June 13, 2012Posted in: All
Philip Snow's Cricket in the Fiji Islands

Remittances Second Largest Source of Foreign Exchange

High costs lead to informal exchange, uncaptured by official sources
SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, June 6, 2012) – Remittance remains the second largest foreign exchange earner after tourism says Filimoni Waqabaca, permanent secretary for Fiji’s Ministry of Finance. At the Fiji Institute of Accountants Congress in Nadi today, Waqabaca explained the international remittance and the use of innovative technology through the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). However, he said across the region, an area of concern is the high cost involved in remitting funds from overseas. “As a result, a large portion of funds are channeled through informal means and therefore not captured in the financial system. Remittance level therefore could be understated,” he said. In 2011, MNOs began offering inward remittance through their mobile money services. Vodafone MPAiSA Fiji launched its first cross-border international remittance to allow Vodafone mobile phone users in Fiji to receive money from relat…

News and Comments Friday 15 June 2012

WEEKEND READING • Allen Lockington on symbols of national identity • Fiji's first multi-racial cricket club • Remittances • Launch of Fiji Political and Constitutional Forum

ADI SAMANUNUpasses away. May she rest in peace.

. Col. Tikoitonga should not have risen to Mick Beddoes' unhelpful remarks and Mick should stop carping. The most important thing is to help Fiji's future. Taunting Tokoitoga will not help Fiji, and could undermine the constitution process.

This is an extract of what Apo Gucake had to say on Facebook: "While the constitutions of many countries guarantee the right to vote for all citizens, in reality voters who are outside their home country when elections take place are often disenfranchised because of a lack of procedures enabling them to exercise that right. Overseas voters are a potentially important political force whose votes can in many cases significantly affect election results.…

FPCF Forum Launching Saturday

 This new site invites readers to comment on 30 constitution and election question.  I trust readers will use it and urge their friends to comment also. Make a start this Saturday and continue to write in as new ideas occur to you over the next few months.  Please note you will need to use your real name or a pseudonym. Without this, useful discussion between readers would be much restricted.  

By  presenting 30 questions, each on a separate issue, your answers will be grouped together, and collectively provide an important resource for information and ideas on each of the questions raised.      

You may also, of course, wish to comment about several things at one time and you should do so, on my blog and on FijiToday that I understand is starting a special section on the constitutional and electoral processes.  Or on the Fiji Constitution Submissions group in Facebook.  But if you do this, please take a little extra time to feed your ideas separately into the places they belong on the …

Two Comments on Mick Beddoes's Recent Statements

From Rajend Naidu in FijiToday
... and from Graham Davis in Grubsheet

The FijiTV Saga Continues: Still No Clear Explanations

Official Statement by the Attorney-General and Minister for Communications My Response to this Statement, and an Apology Article by the Fiji Sun

News and Comments Wednesday 12 June 2012

• Was FijiTV threatened? •  Support for micro businesses •  Philip Snow passes away •  Elderly in poverty  •  Finance education •  Election registration kits •  A kidnapping? •  Maldives unrest  •  Tikoitoga v. Qarase •  Chaudhry on 1997 Constitution

Aussie and Kiwi "Criminals"

Interviewed by Radio Australia, Dr Wadan Narsey argues that Australia and NZ should declare their citizens criminals —as they do for paedophiles and terrorists— if they work to support illegal regimes like Fiji. But he exempts those "who are trying to do positive and constructive things, you know, to try and get the country back to a lawful and democratic government." His problem is with the people who have justified "the overthrow of a lawful government, or ... have taken part in processes which have compromised the judiciary or have compromised the ministerial portfolios" but he does not say how one objectively distinguishes between the two categories.

Disinformation #6. Government Threatens FijiTV

This item has been withdrawn pending the A-G's announcement.

News and Comments Monday 11 June 2012

Scroll down to see Weekend Reading. 
Today's News and Comments includes: Queen's Birthday, Blog design issues, SLM Party, Chiefly conflicts and ethics, Save the Pacific petition, Govt's heavy hand on environmental activists,   Laila HarrĂ©, Michael Field,  Electorate boundaries, Australia's invasion plans.

What the Grassroots Want: Budget Workshop a Success

The lack of proper drinking water, inadequate health facilities and  battling the effects of climate change were highlighted as some of the major issues of concern for the 12 villages in the Serua/Namosi province who were represented at the Citizens’ Constitutional Forum’s two day Grassroots Budget workshop in Navua last week.

Concerns about Current Preparations for the 2014 Elections

Differing Views by the Government, Military, Soqosoqo Vakamarama, Women's Forum, FijiToday and the Editor.