Cogito, ergo sum. I think, therefore I am. (René Descartes, mathematician and philosopher,1599-1650)

Friday 17 May 2024

pn939. Riots in New Caledonia


Constitutional amendments by the French parliament to allow people who had been resident in New Caledonia to vote have sparked off riots  by pro-independence groups in the capital Noumea. Some 10,000 rioters are involved. four people are dead and the riot leaders have been arrested.  

Last Wednesday, the French National Assembly voted 351 in favour (mostly right-wing parties) and 153 against (mostly left-wing parties) the proposed constitutional amendments that would open the electoral roll and allow those who have been residing in New Caledonia for an uninterrupted ten years to vote in local elections.

Le Monde says "the reform of the territory's electorate has reawakened a near-civil war atmosphere, because major inequalities disadvantaging Kanak people persist, and the government has seemed to be biased in favor of one side."

The rioters claim the French parliamant decision has broken a  20-year accord with the local indigenous Kanaks, and threatened to make the Kanak a minority in their own country.   French troops are being flown into the country, food is in short supply in Noumea, commercial flights are cancelled and the route to the airport is all but closed. Some 300 New Zealanders are currently in the country.

The Pacific Conference of Churches  has called for the UN to lead an impartial and competent dialogue mission to monitor the situation. In a statement on Friday, it said it "stands in deep solidarity with our sisters and brothers of Kanaky", saying the violence is born of frustration and pain. It said after 20 years of consensual management, the breakdown in dialogue between the French government and the independence fighters and the Kanak people is now a reality.

The Pacific Islands Forum and the Melanesian Spearhead Group have always supported the independence of New Caledonia. The Melanesian Spearhead Group and Vanuatu's prime minister Charlot Salwai has called on the French government to withdraw or annul the proposed constitutional amendments that sparked the civil unrest.

French Home Affairs and Overseas minister Gérald Darmanin refuses to accept the Kanak rationale for the riots. He says "This is a Mafia-like body which I do not amalgamate with political pro-independence parties...[it] is a group that claims itself to be pro-independence and commits looting, murders and violence." 

With such an attitude, useful dialogue is unlikely any time soon. Arresting the riot leaders is not the solution.

-- ACW, based mainly on RNZI reports.

Wednesday 15 May 2024

pn938. Solomon Islands Post-Election. What, if enything, has changed?


Dr Jon Fraenkel provides the details. See hyperlink below.

pn937. The Changing Composition of NZ's population due to emigration and immigration

Updated. See link at end.
Net migration loss of NZ citizens exceeds 50,000 a year for the first time

A record 52,500 New Zealand citizens left the country in the year ended March 31, according to Stats NZ.  The latest numbers were much higher than the previous record of 44,400 citizen departures, more than a decade ago.“This is the first time the annual net migration loss of New Zealand citizens has exceeded 50,000,” Tehseen Islam of Stats NZ said this morning.

Stats NZ also said the provisional net migration gain of 111,100 in the year comprised a net gain of 163,600 non-New Zealand citizens that more than offset the net migration loss of 52,500 Kiwi citizens. For migrant arrivals in the March 2024 year, citizens of India were the largest group, with 49,800 arrivals. About 31,900 Philippines citizens arrived. About 26,800 arrivals were citizens of China and 25,800 were New Zealand citizens.

Read this update

Friday 10 May 2024

pn936. Former Fiji PM Voqere Bainimarama sentenced to one year's jail

Bainimarama with cloth covering handcuffs
"so that his grandchildren would not see them."
Fiji's most popular leader in recent times and former PM 69-year old  Frank Bainimarama has been sentenced to one year's jail for "perverting the course of justice" by Acting Chief Jusice Selesi Temo.  Former Police Chief  Sitiveni Qiliho who acted on Bainimarama's instruction was sentenced to two years. 

The maximum penalty possible was 5 years for Bainimarama and 10 years for  Qiliho. 

Both had previously had the charges dismissed in the Magistrate's court by Magistrate Seini Puamau but her ruling was overruled by Acting Chief Justice Temo (see pn923).

The charges stem from an instruction in 2019 by Bainimarama to stop an investigation into claims by the then new  University of South Pacific's Vice-Chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwahia of alleged financial mismanagement by the administraton under the previous USP VC the late Professor Rajesh Chandra*, pertaining to questionable appointments, contract renewals, leave payments and back pay.

It is interesting to note that similar charges have been made against the VC's of Fiji's other two universities, the University of Fiji and the Fiji National University.   University of Fiji VC Professor Shaista Shameem says "complaints were likely to be put together by several 'identifiable disgruntled former management and academic staff.'"(see pn 825). And so could the complaints at USP. In my post of 5 February 2021 I noted there were 33 cases of alleged mismanagement against Professor Ahluwahia. Such is Fiji. What goes around comes around. 

I have previously commented that it is unusual for an incoming VC to criticize a previous administration, which seemed pointless anyway since there was no way of reversing appointments and renewals or recovering the alleged money lost in leave- and back pay.  I thought the new VC should "get on with the job" of administering the university and healing the divisions among his staff.

While the USP charge is questionable, the Rabuka government has made it clear that that they would "get" Bainimarama one way of another. With the slim majority in parliament and serious charges against some of its coalition partners government needed to find a way to distract attention from government and discredit the largest party in parliament Bainimarama's Fiji First Party. In the 55-seat parliament FF has 26 seats, Rabuka's People's Alliance has 21, the National Federation Party 5 and SODELPA 3.

If this charge had failed, it is rumoured they had another 30 charges they thought they could use against Bainimarama.

Imprisonment means that Bainimarama cannot stand in another election for several years unless he can get the judgment overturned  by appeal. This stands a good change of succeeding if the judges are independent, which Acting Chief Justice Temo most certainly is not.

 * Disclosure. Rajesh Chandra was a former student of mine in the 1960 and a senior colleague and friend in the 1990s.

-- ACW

Friday 3 May 2024

pn935. Soon, could we be listening to only National Party , Act and NZP news and views?

As the nation's  public TV news and opinion channels start to close down to save government money, we wonder where it will stop.

 Could we, in a  year's time, be listening to only Government news, and the role of the fourth estate as a check on government have ceased until a more enlighted government is returned to power?


pn934. NZ MPs are in the top one percent of earners. Read how it happened.


Once, MPs were regarded as public servants and backbench MPs received salaries similar to secondary school teachers.

Now, MPs are in the top one percent of earners with backbench MPs being  paid $163,000, or $231,000 with perks added. The PM is paid $472,000 plus perks.

Bryce Edwards of the Democracy Project traces how it all happened in  "Accepting a significant pay rise shows how much MPs are out of touch."

He opens with: 

"How entitled are New Zealand’s politicians? Right now, MPs across the political spectrum look entirely out of touch in their unified stance of accepting the hefty pay increases recommended by the Remuneration Authority.

MPs should simply reject the pay increases – which they can easily do – rather than risk a legitimate public backlash from constituents who feel betrayed by an already well-paid political class that insists on austerity for others but not themselves."

 Read on by clicking here.

Thursday 2 May 2024

pn933. Solomon Islands Elections: a return of the incumbent government

Jeremiah Manele has been elected the new PM of Solomon Islands, with 31 votes over rival Matthew Wale's 18

 Foreign media has made much of the demise of former PM Manasseh Sogavere whose switch from recognition of Taiwan to the People's Republic of China has been seen as a major election issue. If this was so, it must have been a very minor issue. Manele was Foreign Minister under Sogavere when the switch was made and he has promised to maintain present relationships.

Moreover, Manele's victory signals a return of the incumbent government formerly headed by Manasseh Sogavare in the 50-seat parliament.

Manele's administration, which calls itself the Government for National Unity and Transformation (GNUT), is made up of three parties; his own Our Party with 15 seats, Manasseh Maelanga's People's First Party with 3 seats and Jamie Vokia's Kandere Party with one seat, a total of 19, together with the SI Party for Rural Advancement (1 seat) and support from among the 11 independents MPs.

Matthew Wale's opposition —that mainly opposed the switch from Taiwan— comprises his own Democratic Party with 11 seats, the United Party with 6 seats, and one seat from the Democratic Alliance party.

The fragmentation of both government and opposition groups is only too obvious, and with most loyalties linked to individuals, clans and island groups the next few years promise to be very volatile.

See also pn931.

-- ACW

Wednesday 1 May 2024

pn932. Latest NZ Political Polls

 Three poll results have been released in the past three days, two of which show a Labour coalition could form government if an election were held on the poll date, 1News-Verian because NZ First dropped below the 5% threshold, Talbot Mills on numbers. 

But which date? The Talbot Mills poll ran though March, and the Roy Morgan poll for parts of March and April. The only poll conducted over a reasonable short time was 1News-Verian.  See table:

Tabot Mills tends to favour Labour and Roy Morgan National. 

Australian-based Roy Morgan also published a breakdown by age and sex of those polled. A similar breakdown from the other pollsters would have been useful.

Men, particularly older men, favoured National. Women favoured Labour and younger women Greens. Nearly a quarter (24.5%) of women aged 18-45 would vote Greens! See details below.

Party vote analysis by Gender & Age

NZ Election
NZ First6.15.5 4.53.56648.5
National/ ACT/ NZ First52.85342.5325463.55276
Maori Party3.15.59.5162.51.521
Labour/ Greens/ Maori Party41.6435465.54132.543.520

The polls show that the National Coalition has lost some support since the elections and that Labour's standing is also not spectacular. 

PM Luxon had 23% support as preferred PM, down 2%, while Opposition leader Hipkins had 16%, up a miserable 1%.

In the 1News Verian Poll, voters were also asked: "Which of the [coalition] party leaders do you think has the most influence on Government decisions?"

Around 51% responded with the prime minister, while about 49% did not.

Out of those who didn't believe the National leader was in control, 23% believed New Zealand First's Winston Peters had the most influence, 10% said ACT's David Seymour was in charge, whilst 17% said they didn't know who was behind the wheel. 

Could New Zealanders be disallusioned with a jaded political line up on both sides of the political divide?

-- ACW

Saturday 27 April 2024

pn931. Democracy in the Solomon Islands

Sogave switched from regognizing
Taiwan to recognizing China
 Democracy can be limited when there are too few parties contesting an election. It is limited also when there are too many, and too many independent candidates, as is the case with the Solomon Islands which has just had an election, and is now on tenterhooks as parties woo support from other parties and independents to elect  a government and appoint a prime minister.  

 Former PM Mannaseh Sogavare 's One party did best with 15 successful candidates but it needs another 11 if it is to form the government in the 50-seat parliment. Matthew Wale's Democratic party came next with 11 seats.  In all,  eight parties won one seat or more and there are 11 independents. 

The opportunities —and need? —for graft and other forms of corruption in lobbying for support are immense. One wonders whether franchise, at this stage of Solomon Islands development, might be better in the hands of a geographically representative and educated council of electors.

This RNZ article sums up the sums up the voting situation.

Thursday 18 April 2024

pn930. A Funny one, for a change


Fred was about to tee off on the first hole when a second golfer (George) approached and asked if he could join him. Fred said that he usually played alone, but agreed to the twosome. They were even after the first two holes. 

George said, "We're about evenly matched, how about playing for five bucks a hole?" Fred said that he wasn't much for betting, but agreed. 

George easily won the remaining 16 holes. They walked off number eighteen while George counted his $80.00. He then confessed that he was the pro at a neighboring course and “liked to pick on suckers.” 

Fred, shocked, revealed that he was the Parish Priest. The pro was flustered and apologetic and offered to return the money. 

The Priest said, "You won fair and square I was foolish to bet with you. Keep your winnings." The embarrassed pro asked, "Please, is there anything I can do to make it up to you?" 

The Priest said, "Well, you could come to Mass on Sunday and make a donation. And, if you want to bring your Mother and Father along, I'll marry them.”
Thanks, Verghese, for this one.

pn929 An Unbiblical Exodus. Some 70,000 - 80,000 people have left Fiji in the last 18 months

Read this pertinent but rather emotional criticism of NFP leader and Deputy PM Professor Biman Prasad by Graham Davis in Grubsheet, and then read the professor's comments on the situation. First, read about the Professor as a major cause, because he did nothing; then read some of the effects he describes.

See also pn924.

Friday 12 April 2024

pn928. Solomon Islands goes to the polls: here's what to expect by Anouk Ride

Dr Anouk Ride*  presents a picture of a very fragile democracy where most people' s allegiance is to their clan, island and church. The concept of a Solomon Island nation takes a second or lower place.

Solomon Islanders are set to vote on 17 April in an election that has significance within and beyond the country’s borders. It is the first chance for them to vote on policy directions that the coalition led by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has taken and may change or consolidate his power.

Since Sogavare was elected by his parliamentary peers in April 2019, Solomon Islanders have lived through several shocks. First there were riots in April 2019, precursors to a much larger riot in November 2021. Both incidents related to grievances about the ruling political coalition and perceived foreign control of government decisions and the economy.

There was a switch in bilateral relations from Taiwan to China in September 2019, a decision announced before a parliamentary inquiry concluded or provincial governments had their say. The omission contributed to tensions between the prime minister’s office and the Malaitan provincial government, especially its former premier, Daniel Suidani. Those tensions resulted in Suidani’s removal from office in a vote of confidence in February, allegedly after money was offered to members of the provincial assembly to take him down.

Then there was Covid-19, which prompted a 28-month state of emergency. Sogavare’s emergency powers included rights to decide who could enter the country. He could also ban events, restrict inter-island travel and suspend access to media outlets. A decision to ban Facebook was ultimately not implemented but pointed to an anti-democratic trend. With even much-needed doctors and nurses sacked over strike plans or a critical social media post, rising centralisation of power and restrictions on free speech became clear. Criticism of the coalition has become more muted or is kept private.

Governance has become less transparent. No auditor general’s annual report on the state of government finances has been published in the past five years. The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force has released no annual report since 2018. Allegations of corruption, including alleged bribery of High Court officials, are unresolved.

Foreign money, meanwhile, has helped consolidate the ruling coalition’s power. Constituency development funds—discretionary money given to members of parliament— have a long history in Solomon Islands, but in 2021 the money, now coming from China, was for the first time allocated not to all MPs but only to members of the coalition. Aid funds from other countries tended to be directed into preparations for the South Pacific Games of late 2023.  Click here to read in full.

Anouk Ride is a research fellow at the Australian National University and an adjunct research fellow at Solomon Islands National University. 

pn927 # His Lordship Must Stand Aside

Graham Davis in Grubsheet has written this damning account of Fiji's Acting Chief  Justice, Salesi  Temo:

The article opens: "Salesi Temo is cantankerous, erratic, capricious, imperious, self-important, sexist, patriarchal and behaves like a schoolyard bully. He shares these characteristics with a tiny minority of crusty judges in other jurisdictions of the common law that Fiji also inherited from the British. But he is unique in one particular aspect. The Acting Chief Justice is an outlaw – someone who presides over the administration of the rule of law in Fiji yet continues to debase it with his violations of the Constitution, the supreme law.

"Temo’s defiance of the law with his advice to the President to illegally appoint a fellow judge, Alipate Qetaki, and the Acting DPP, John Rabuku, have been canvassed at length in these columns. He appointed them when the Constitution specifically prohibits them from holding those offices because they have been found guilty of professional misconduct.

Wednesday 3 April 2024

pn926. Someone's Spying on us

 Teuila Fuatau writing in E-Tangata gives this very disturbing account of spying on NZ and our Pacific neighbours. Read the article about this U.S. spy base located at Waihopai near Blenheim  and consider its implications for our supposedly independent foreign policy.

Waihopai Satellite Communications Interception Station.

pn925. Getting Rid of Seini Puamau

Today, Acting Chief Justice Salesi Temo said he is exploring four options to remove Magistrate Seini Puamau for not ordering jail sentences on former PM Voqere Bainimarama and former police chief Sitiveni Qiliho. See post pn923.

They are: 

1. Activate contempt of court action against her;

2. Refer her to the police for allegedly disobeying a lawful order;

3. Recommend to the President that she be removed from the bench;

4. Ask her to resign.

So  .... in addition to hounding Bainimarama on a dubious charge, he is now hounding someone who was trying to uphold the law and do justice. God bless Fiji! Civil liberties may have improved under the new government but justice and upholding the law certainly has not.

-- ACW

Monday 1 April 2024

pn924. The National Federation Party holds the key. See also pn923

The Fiji Government is a coalition of three parties. The largest, the People's Alliance, has 21 seats, all but one of whom is an ethnic Fijian i'Taukei. This is followed by the National Federation Party with 5 seats, 3 Indo-Fijian  and 2 i'Taukei members. The last and smallest with 3 members is SODELPA, a traditional i'Taukei party and all 3 members are i'Taukei.  Combined the three parties have 29 seats in the 55-seat parliament. 

The Opposition Fiji First Party is the largest party in parliament with 26 seats. It is also the most racially diverse with 11 i'Taukei and 15 Indo-Fijian members. Government has a very small, one seat, majority.

This posting proposes that the NFP is uniquely positioned to restore much-needed government credibility and create a better atmophere for national unity by improving relations with Fiji First.  

It can do so because it has the option to leave the coalition and bring down the government, and because all  of its five members are people of high repute and capability.  

Deputy PM Leader and Minister of Finance, Strategic Planning, National Developments, and Statistics  Professor  Biman Prasad is a distinguished former academic. He was  Professor of Economics and Dean of the faculty of Business and Economics  at the University of the South Pacific.

Party President and Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration, former Lieutenant Colonel  and Chief of Staff of the Royal Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) Pio Tikoduadua  was a Fiji First member who left the party because of his doubts about some of its practices.

Minister of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations former broadcaster and  public relations consultant  Lenora Qereqeretubua is the Deputy Speaker of the House and Assistant Minister for Housing, Local Government and Foreign Affairs.

Former Labour Party MP  Agni Deo Singh served as general secretary of the Fiji Teachers Union (FTU) from 1999 to 2006, and again from 2007 to 2022.  As FTU secretary, he campaigned against the racist education policies of the Laisenia Qarase-led government.

Finally, Assistant Minister of Women and Children and Assistant Minister of Poverty Alleviation Sashi Kiran is the Founder and former Chief Executive of FRIEND,  the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development, a rural-orientated NGO  that works on poverty alleviation through socio-economic and health empowerment programmes.

The fact that all five NFP MPs are cabinet ministers clearly shows their capabilities are recognized by PM Sitiveni Rabuka and senior People's Alliance members.   They have the power to change many things for the better if they choose to use it.

This is what I think they should do:

■ First, Biman must clear the accusations of personal tax evasion so there is absolutely no doubt that the accusations are false. 

■ Then NFP should exercise pressure to stop the hounding of Voqere Bainimarama.  It serves no good purpose and creates division when national unity is needed. Further, Bainimarama's three year suspension from Parliament for questioning the President and Parliament on the illegal appointment of judges should be rescinded.

■ Salesi Temo should not be confirmed as the new Chief Justice. His biases are only too obvious.  The successful appointee should be decided after wide consultations which include the Fiji Law Society.   

■ The illegal appointments of John Rabuka as Acting Director of Public Prosecutions and Alipate Qetalu as a judge should be reversed, and Christopher Pryde restored as Director of Public Prosecutions.  The charge that he was seen talking to Fiji First's Ayaz Sayed- Khaiyum at a cocktail party and is therefore biased towards Fiji First is the most ludicrous thing I've heard for a long time.

■  Former Assistant Director of Public Prosceutions  Elizabeth Rice who was sacked by John Rabuka because he wanted an i'Taukei ADPP and not a European should be returned to office. 

■ Prosecuting lawyer Losalini Tabuakoro should be dimissed. Her behaviour at the Bainmarama hearding when she didn't get the jail sentencing she wanted  from Magistrate Seini Puamau is unacceptable. As Graham Davis in Grubsheet says, it is a  "breathing example of the folly of getting rid of professional senior lawyers with judgment to prosecute cases on behalf of the state and replacing them simply on the basis of ethnicity."

■ Lynda Tabuya should be demoted (see pn923) and Sashi Kiran appointed Minister of Women and Children, and Minister of Poverty Alleviation with adequate resources and support to perform well in these roles. 

■ More generally, NFP should push more strongly for what Pio wanted in the 2018 elections:

"We want a Fiji where everyone works together for a brighter future. We will march forward in unison and harmony as a mighty collective force to once again restore power to all of you. Because it is you who have shaped our policies. It is you we have listened to. And we want you to proudly take ownership of the government and its policies.

Simply put, NFP will be a government of Team Fiji that make up our multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious nation.

First, we must all be economically secure. That is why we want a fair living wage for our workers and our farmers. Our economy depends on them. Next, we have to get rid of the climate of fear that covers our country. People must be free to speak up so that they can contribute their ideas.

Then we need to begin the massive task of rebuilding. Because education will decide our future, we need an education system – including university education - that works. We must have a good health system. And we must ensure that every family has that most important thing – a good home.

These are our priorities. They are not the only things we will do. You can read more about our plans in this manifesto...

God Bless Fiji."

Disclaimer.  Biman Prasad is a former USP colleague who proposed my appointment as an Emeritus Professor.  Sashi Kiran and I circumnavigated Viti Levu  and Vanua Levu together while I was engaged on a consultancy. Sashi was also later one of my Development Studies students. I don't think my assocation with Biman and Sashi has distorted my judgment. If anything, it has improved it.  -- ACW

Saturday 30 March 2024

pn923. Making Sense of the Accusations and Rulings against Voqere Bainimarama

Sitiveni Qilohi &
Voqere Bainimarama

In October last year Magistrate Seini Puamau found former PM Voqere Bainimarama not guilty of breaking the law with regards to the accusation that he had stopped a police investigation about the University of the South Pacific in 2020.  Former police chief Sitiveni Qilohi was also charged. 

Salesi Temo

Seini Puamua

Earlier this month the acting chief Justice Salesi Temo overturned Puamau's ruling and found Bainimarama and his co-accused former Police chief Sitiveni Qiliho guilty. He ordered Puamau to sentence the accused. Jail sentences of up to five years for Bainimarama and ten years for Qiliho were expected.

Puamau could not reverse the Acting Chief Justice's verdict of guilty but in sentencing them on Thursday she ruled that Bainimarama was given "an absolute discharge," the lowest possible sentence, and the conviction was not to be registered.  In other words, she came as close as legally possible to her original ruling of not guilty. Qiliho was given a $1500 fine without conviction. 

Predictably, her ruling has been challenged and the case will be heard again on Wednesday, an unheard of short time after a ruling -- leaving effectively one working day, Tuesday, to prepare. Compare this with the case against dismissed former chief prosecutor Christopher Pryde who has been waiting for over a year for his appeal to be heard!

If we ask why the urgency, the answer is simple.

Government and its compliant judiciary are determined to "get" Bainimarama one way or another. And if these court cases are unsuccessful it is rumoured they have another 30 strategies up their sleeves. 

Holding on to power by just one parliamentary seat the unsteady government coalition of People's Alliance, National Federation Party and the ultra-nationalist i'Taukei SODELPA must discredit and decapitate Bainimarama's First First party, the largest single party in parliament, if it is to win the next election, likely in December 2026.

But there is another reason. Government needs to deflect public attention away from troubles within its own ranks. 

The best known is about Minister for Women and Children Lynda Tabuya who has been embroiled in an alleged sex and drug scandal with axed education minister Aseri Radrodro; others include alleged tax avoidance by NFP leader Biman Prasad which he denies, the past sexual merry-go-rounds by PM Sitiveni Rabuka, and the dubious and apparently illegal appointment of several judges.

In a democracy, the powers of Government and Parliament must be separate -- and be seen to be separate -- from those of the Judiciary. The Acting Chief Justice Salesi Temo was appointed by Attorney General Siromi Turanga and PM Rabuka. This is considered illegal because it contravened sections 117 (2) and 105 (2) (b) of the 2013 Constitution (See extracts below.)

It is worth noting that the Fiji Law Society opposed his appointment.

Temo subsequently appointed John Rabuka as Acting Director of Public Prosecutions and Alipate Qetelu as a judge. Both men had been found guilty of professional misconduct by the Independent Legal Services Commission and were therefore not eligible for appointment.

Graham Davis of Grubsheet has advanced another possible reason for the appointment of acting Chief Justice Salesi Temo. Government hopes he can find ways around the 2013 Constitution, passed by the previous Bainimarama government, which cannot be changed without a two-thirds majority in parliament and a two-thirds majority in a referendum. Neither is even a remote possibility.

In these unsettled times one wonders what would happen if Bainimarama is sent to jail. A large public protest and even military intervension are not off the cards.

One final word. Magistrate Seini Korosaya Puamau is an incredibly courageous woman. Few others would have taken the stance she has in present day Fijij. I hope the rumour she has resigned is untrue.

-- ACW

Extracts from the 2013 Constitution

117. Director of Public Prosecutions

2. The Director of Public Prosecutions must be a person who is qualified to be

appointed as a Judge.

105. Qualification for appointment

1. The making of appointments to a judicial office is governed by the principle that

judicial officers should be of the highest competence and integrity.

2. A person is not qualified for appointment as a Judge unless he or she- • Eligibility for supreme court judges

a. holds, or has held a high judicial office in Fiji or in another country

prescribed by law; or

b. has had not less than 15 years post-admission practice as a legal

practitioner in Fiji or in another country prescribed by law, and has not

been found guilty of any disciplinary proceeding involving legal

practitioners whether in Fiji or abroad, including any proceeding by the

Independent Legal Services Commission or any proceeding under the law

governing legal practitioners, barristers and solicitors prior to the

establishment of the Independent Legal Services Commission.

Friday 22 March 2024

pn922. Solomon Islands Thesis Catalogue



Thu, Mar 21, 7:58 PM (19 hours ago)
to Solomon

Dear colleagues

The Solomon Islands Theses Catalogue, collated by me and published earlier this month by the Solomon Islands National University is now available at SINU Library and online via the UQ e-Space (see below), There are 1,213 entries, although the 512 digital copies of theses (15.5 gigs) that I managed to find are not easily available as there are copyright restrictions. But the digitasl files are available at SINU Library, and eventually at other sites such as the SI National Library and Museum.