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Safeguarding Our Flag

Fiji has never had a law regarding the use, protection and use of the Fijian flag, says Solicitor-General Sharvada Sharma. He made a submission yesterday to the Parliamentary Standing Committee
02 Jun 2015 16:02
Safeguarding Our Flag
Solicitor-General Sharvada Sharma accompanied by his staff at the parliamentary committee room yesterday. Photo: Ana Sovaraki

Fiji has never had a law regarding the use, protection and use of the Fijian flag, says Solicitor-General Sharvada Sharma.

He made a submission yesterday to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights on the National Flag Protection Bill 2015.

“For the first time we have a law going forward which provides for the use of the flag which is respected by all Fijian citizens as to how it can be displayed,” said Mr. Sharma.

Under the Bill, there are provisions for penalties should the flag be misused, manipulated or violated and the restrictions on the use of the national flag for commercial purposes.

In his submission, Mr Sharma also backed proposed laws to protect the Fijian Coat of Arms.

He said the amended Bill for an act to declare the coat of arms of the Republic of Fiji and to make provision for its use will provide better protection for the national symbol.

At the moment, public submissions have been called for to amend the current Fijian Coat of Arms.

The current coat of arms features the cross of Saint George, and a golden lion that represented the United Kingdom, Fiji’s former colonial rulers.

Opposition member, Niko Nawaikula also questioned the need to change the Fijian Coat of Arms.

Committee chairperson Ashneel Sudhakar explained that the coat of arms did not represent Fiji’s status as a truly independent and sovereign nation.

The new flag will be officially declared as our national flag before Fiji Day on October 10 this year.

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