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Race Motion Thrown Out

An Opposition motion on race was scuttled yesterday because it failed to meet the Constitutional criteria. The motion by National Federation MP Prem Singh was on the Order Paper of
10 Feb 2015 10:50
Race Motion Thrown Out

An Opposition motion on race was scuttled yesterday because it failed to meet the Constitutional criteria.

The motion by National Federation MP Prem Singh was on the Order Paper of the day’s sitting of the House of Representatives.

But Attorney-General, and Minister for Finance, Public Service and Public Enterprise, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, announced in the House that the first three items in the motion had been deleted by the Business Committee. The committee sets the agenda. It originally entered the motion in the Order Paper then withdrew it after a review.

Section 5, sub-section (1) of the Constitution says all citizens of Fiji shall be known as Fijians. The committee ruled that the substance of the motion (items 1 to 3) breached this provision.

The motion asked Mr Sayed-Khaiyum to provide the following:

– The total number of Fijian civil servants in each ministry respectively including the Fiji Police Force, Republic of Fiji Military Forces and the Office of President.

– The total number of expatriates employed in the entire civil service.

– The breakdown of total number of civil servants by ethnicity that are Fijians of iTaukei descent, Fijians of Indian descent, Fijians of Rotuman descent and Fijians of General Elector descent.

– The names of chairpersons and board members of all statutory organisations and Government-owned commercial entities.

NFP leader Biman Prasad said they were happy to go along with the decision of the committee. He referred other questions to Mr Singh.

Mr Singh said he was seeking the information because Government was talking reforms. He said it would be useful in discussing the reforms. But he expected the A-G to respond to the fourth item.

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