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PM Unites Australian Fijians

As far as I know it’s been eight years since Fiji Day has been celebrated in Sydney on one day and at one location. Previously Fiji Day celebrations were held
19 Oct 2015 09:51
PM Unites Australian Fijians
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with wife Mary (second from left), and other Australian Fijians on board the Bella Vista during the cruise on Sydney Harbour. Photo: Rajendra Lal

As far as I know it’s been eight years since Fiji Day has been celebrated in Sydney on one day and at one location.

Previously Fiji Day celebrations were held at different venues on the same day tailored to the various ethnic groups in Fiji, iTaukei, Indo-Fijians and Rotumans.

This year Australian Fijians residing in Sydney celebrated their first joint Fiji Day celebrations at Bulldog Park, Liverpool NSW.

They have been encouraged by the success of Prime Minister’s move to unite all races under the constitutional provision of equal citizenry and a common identity.

So celebrations were planned to mirror the PM’s unity campaign.

He said forging a common identity was one of his greatest achievements.

As stated in his speech to a crowd of more than 5000 Australian Fijians – “We are all Fijians. Irrespective of who we are or where we come from. No longer are we identified as individual ethnic groupings based on where our forebears came from. We are all Fijians. And can now come together as one nation, one people to celebrate that fact.”

And celebrate they did. Saturday’s day time festivities highlighted Fiji’s multicultural identity through music, dance, art and food. Atmosphere was filled with smiles and laughter.

Evening festivities had 400 plus Fijians meet and mingle with the PM on a Sydney Harbour Cruise. Those who attended commented on how approachable and friendly the PM and wife, Mary were.

All the major ethnicities in Fiji were represented in the cruise and it was like a snapshot of of any given day in Fiji as people travel in public transport.

There were no signs of any anti-Government protests at downtown Sydney’s waterfront as Mr Bainimarama and wife Mary boarded the boat.

It’s very clear that those who voice their anti-Government sentiments on the social media represent a small minority. They live is cyber space totally oblivious to the reality on the ground. Their racist comments cannot stop this revolution for change that has now caught the imagination of most Australian Fijians.

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