Showing posts from March 23, 2014

Political Round Up: Last Week of March

By Crosbie Walsh
The three  major items of political news this week must be the gazetting of the Elections decree late on Friday, the announcement that elections will be held on 17 September (to be a paid public holiday) and the appointment of  the Acting Permanent Secretary for Justice, Mohammad Saneem as the Supervisor of Elections.The Deputy Supervisor will be an Australian national. Most of the Opposition's criticism to Government's conduct of the election process have now been met.

One major construct is still missing: the launch of the PM's party which is expected next month.  The delay in the launch has been criticised by the opposition United Front for a Democratic Fiji which claims Bainimarama is in breach of the Elections Decree by campaigning before his party is registered.

NGOs excluded from election process
Government  previously said it welcomed foreign observers and participation from NGOs in the election process  but I'm informed the Elections decree sta…

The Politics of Preferential Development

My weekly political roundup will be published later in the weekend.--Croz
In his book recently published by ANU, Auckland University and former USP academic, Dr Steven Ratuva, lays bare the aims, conflicts and shortcomings of Fiji's affirmative action programmes.  The two extracts published here are the conclusions of two chapters, the first on the period 1999 to 2006 and the second the period after the 2006 coup.
Whether or not one agrees with his thesis that a major policy construct of the Qarase and Bainimarama years is basically similar and similarly motivated— I think he pays too little attention to their differences—the book is a 'must' read.  Congratulations, Steve,  on a most thorough and closely reasoned analysis. -- ACW. Steve's book may be downloaded by clicking here. Appeasements, Scams and Tension: Affirmative Action Programs, 1999 to 2006
The seven years between 1999 and 2006 were among the most turbulent in Fiji’s history, with two coups and three electio…

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Please Lord
Last year my New Year's resolution was... "Please Lord help me to keep my big mouth shut until until I know what I'm talking about."

I would like to share it with some politicians... "Please Lord help them to keep their big mouths shut until they know what they are talking about."

Advice to Children
With the current dengue threat showing no signs of abating, the Mulomulo primary and secondary schools have been all out cleaning the school compound and surrounding areas to reduce the breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Of course some students were using cane knives to clear shrub,  but under  the care of the watchful teachers.

I mentioned the use of the cane knives to a neighbour in Namulomulo.

He looked puzzled  when I said that adults usually advise children  not to play with or use sharp things.

He laughed out really loud and said, "Areh yar, these are cane farmers' children. Not city children. They were born with a cane knife in one hand a…

CCF Statement on Racial Discrimination

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Citizens Constitutional Forum (CCF) calls on the people of Fiji to promote a culture of peace, tolerance and coexistence among ethnic groups as it marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21. Racial intolerance continues to divide our nation and has been one of the main causes of the social and political conflict that has disrupted Fiji. In this instrumental year of elections, let our nation be reconciled and move forward to a united Fiji.
We have taken some positive steps toward this in recent times. For the first time in Fiji’s history we have removed race-based voting. We have removed reservations to the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination and are now fully accountable to our international obligations under this Convention. We have introduced a Bill of Rights which enshrines the right to equality and freedom from discrimina…