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New Book Makes Parliament ‘Simple And Easy’: Prof Herr

Parliament 101: A student’s guide to Parliament is an easy to understand explanation on how the Parliament operates, says the author, Dr Richard Herr. The informative 135-page guide was launched
05 Aug 2015 11:40
New Book Makes Parliament  ‘Simple And Easy’: Prof Herr
From left: Japanese Ambassador to Fiji Takuji Hanatani, Professor Richard Herr, Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni, and Fiji National University acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Rouse after launching the book Parliament 101:A Student’s Guide to Parliament, at the FNU Nasinu Campus yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Parliament 101: A student’s guide to Parliament is an easy to understand explanation on how the Parliament operates, says the author, Dr Richard Herr.

The informative 135-page guide was launched yesterday by the Japanese Ambassador to Fiji, Takuji Hanatani.

The Japanese government was the major sponsor for the publication of the guide, targetting students, but it could be read by anyone with an interest in the business of Parliament.

Dr Herr, the author, is the adjunct professor of Governance and Ethics at the College of Humanities and Education, the Fiji National University.

The guide was launched yesterday at the FNU’s Nasinu campus in the presence of the Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni, Acting Vice Chancellor of FNU, Professor Ian Rouse and staff and students of the university.

“The guide to the Parliament of Fiji began as a series of the columns in the Fiji Sun newspaper following the September 2014 election,” Professor Herr said.

“The columns in the Fiji Sun were on the parliamentary procedures and proceedings where questions were invited from students and the direct public during the nine months of Parliament 101 series.”

He said the book was intended to help young people prepare for a better future and to create public awareness on the Parliament.

“The guide is a set of question and answers and I have structured it in a way to encourage people to read the newspapers, listen to news and ask questions,” Professor Herr said.

“We hope this curiosity will help our student parliamentarians to acquire the skills and put them to practice to become future parliamentarians.”

Speaker to Parliament Dr Luveni said they were doing their best in trying to bring the Parliament to the people.

“I have been to different places with our meet the Speaker programme and we have had many questions about the parliamentary proceedings, the behaviour of the parliamentarians and many more,” she said.

“I know people are very much interested in knowing about the Parliament and I am sure this guide will help them a lot.”

According to Ambassador Hanatani, the Government of Japan provided funding to help generate greater awareness and facilitate increased participation in Fiji’s election last year.

“I wish to congratulate the Fijian Government, Dr Herr and his team and FNU for implementing our assistance to the best standards, through the publication of the electoral candidates manual and now the students guide to Parliament.”

Professor Rouse said: “It is a fantastic read and it is a first for Fiji which will encourage primary, secondary and tertiary students to read and understand about the operations of the parliament.”

The guide will be available for schools and to the public online.

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