Reforms reaffirm Fiji’s tryst with democracy

The long cherished dream of Fijians to experience and enjoy the true tenets of democracy would be realised if the constitutional reforms being pursued by the incumbent military regime are implemented without impediments. The reforms, in tune with the provisions of the ‘People’s Charter for Change’ would ensure equality, secularism, transparency, good governance and social justice for all Fijians, irrespective…

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Report highlights plight of refugees

Refugees arriving in New Zealand expect better settlement procedures and a more sympathetic attitude of the governmnet in allowing their families to migrate to this country. They have also asked the authorities to take 300 people every year, the number officially allowed under the family reunificatoin policy. These were among the suggestions made in a research paper presented to the…

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MMP endorsement raises other issues

Last year New Zealanders voted to retain the current Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system on the understanding that the Electoral Commission would carry out an inquiry into possible changes. Every voting system requires trade-offs between a range of important factors, such as how well it allows government to be held to account, the stability and effectiveness of the governments…

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