Collection MS 1149 - Copies of written submissionsand verbatim notes

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AU PMB MS 1149


Copies of written submissionsand verbatim notes


  • Jul 1995- Jan 1996 (Creation)

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8 reels; 35mm microfilm

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The Fiji Constitutional Review Commission was established by His Excellency the President of Fiji, Ratu Sir Kamasese Mara, on 15 March 1995. The President appointed the Right Reverend Sir Paul Reeves as Chairman of the Commission and Mr Tomasi Rayalu Vakatora and Dr Brij Vilash Lal as its other members. Ms Alison Quentin-Baxter and Mr Jon Apted were later appointed as Counsel assisting the Commission along with Mr Walter Gibson Rigamoto as its Secretary. The Commission was appointed to review the Fiji Constitution and produce a report on 30 June 1996 (later extended to 30 September 1996) 'recommending constitutional arrangements which will meet the present and future needs of the people of Fiji and promote racial harmony, national unity and the economic and social advancement of all communities' (Reeves, Vakatora and Lal, 1996). The Commission was required to scrutinise the Constitution, facilitate the widest possible debate on constitutional matters and inquire into and ascertain public opinion on possible ways to improve the Constitution. These papers represent the written and oral submissions which individuals, groups and organisations made to the Commission. The Commission had two rounds of public hearings throughout Fiji. The first round started on 3 July 1995 and was completed on 9 August 1995. The second round of hearings started on 22 August 1995 and was completed on 10 October 1995. This title documents the hearings.

CONTENTS The papers are divided into eight volumes of written submissions from 3 July 1995 to 14 September 1995, with the eighth volume consisting of additional submissions received by the Commission between July 1995 and January 1996. The remainder of the contents consists of verbatim notes resulting from oral submissions made between 3 July 1995 and 19 September 1995.

Reel 1 Written Submissions, Vol. 1, Nos. 001001-005007, 3-6 Jul 1995
Reel 2 Written Submissions, Vol. 2, Nos. 006001-006060, 14 Jul-22 Aug 1995
Written Submissions, Vol. 3, Nos. 006058-006081, 22 Aug-28 Aug 1995
Reel 3 Written Submissions, Vol. 3, Nos. 006082-006089, 28 Aug-10 Oct 1995
Written Submissions, Vol. 4, Nos. 006090-006118, n.d.
Written Submissions, Vol. 5, Nos. 007001-007009, 12-13 Jul 1995
Reel 4 Written Submissions, Vol. 5, Nos. 007010-009014, 010001-010020, 12-20 Jul 1995
Written Submissions, Vol. 6, Nos. 011001-016026, 25-31 Jul 1995
Written Submissions, Vol. 7, Nos. 017001-022001A, 1 Aug-14 Sep 1995
Reel 5 Written Submissions, Vol. 7, Nos. 022002-023007, 14 Sep 1995
Written Submissions, Vol. 8, Nos. 024001-024090, Jul 1995-Jan 1996
Verbatim Notes, 3-10 Jul 1995
Reel 6 Verbatim Notes, 11 Jul – 3 Aug 1995
Reel 7 Verbatim Notes, 9 Aug - 12 Sep 1995
Reel 8 Verbatim Notes, 13 - 19 Sep 1995

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Professor Brij Lal, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University

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