October 08, 2012

Fiji public wants poverty and diversity to influence new constitution

Updated 8 October 2012, 8:37 AEST

Public submissions on Fiji's proposed constitution have focused on poverty and governance.
Professor Ghai is overseeing the public hearings, which have entered their third and final month, and is travelling around Fiji hearing proposals from communities.
He told Radio Australia's Pacific Beat program poverty has frequently been mentioned, and that many hearings have also focused on governance
Professor Ghai says while some Fijians want the country to be ruled by its indigenous citizens, others want Fiji to recognise its multi-racial diversity and represent it in its governance structures.
"We have been in the North Division over the last few days and a very strong theme coming out of that is people want Fiji to be a country of one people - common identity - even though differences of religion and culture would be honoured and respected," he said.

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