Fijian amidst identity challenge

Australian Associated Press –  A man detained in a West Australia Immigration Detention Centre, who had earlier claimed that he was an Indigenous Australian, has turned out to be a Fijian national, Immigration Department of Australia has confirmed. Replace Eddie David, who is being held at Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre, initially claimed to be Indigenous Australian. But the Immigration Department has since confirmed he…

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‘Coalition of the Selfish’ undermines smaller states

Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama –  Like any Small Island Developing State, Fiji has some immense challenges which my Government is in the process of systematically addressing. Aided immensely by our development partners plus a renewed sense of national confidence after our return to Parliamentary rule last September in our first truly democratic election of one vote, one value. I acknowledge Food…

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Flag issue hoists healthy debate

Press Statement –  Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum announced the next stage in the selection of the new flag representing independent and democratic Republic of Fiji. Following an open and inclusive process, the Fijian public can review and comment on the shortlisted 23 designs that were chosen from more than two thousand entries submitted. All Fijians, living at home and abroad,…

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Constructive engagement with Fiji benefits all

Phil Goff Last month I had an opportunity to sit in Fiji’s new Parliament for two days and observe the proceedings along with Speaker of New Zealand Parliament David Parker and Parliament Foreign Affairs Select Committee Chairperson Mark Mitchell. With only seven weeks sitting experience and considering that just four of Fiji’s 50 parliamentarians have any previous experience in Parliament,…

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Bainimarama receives ‘unique’ mission

Staff Reporter Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe (Frank) Bainimarama is hopeful that trade, investment and commercial relations between New Zealand and Fiji businesses will continue to grow. He expressed his keenness as he welcomed an investment and trade delegation in Suva on April 25, 2015. The delegation, led by Fiji New Zealand Business Council President Chandra Sen, comprised small and…

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