Fiji: The Fourth Constitution after Four Coups

Fiji Parliament, Suva. Photo Phil Knight.

Fridays at the Library in collaboration with the Australian Book Review and Don Dunstan Foundation presents Professor Satendra Nandan “Fiji: The Fourth Constitution after Four Coups”

3.30-5.00pm, Friday 20 June 2014, Noel Stockdale Room, Central Library, Flinders University

Fiji will hold its first General Election for almost 8 years on 17 September 2014 under the new Fijian Constitution, which was adopted by the Interim Government in September last year.

Fiji was given independence on 10 October 1970 on a race-based Constitution. Between 1987 to 2006 Fiji went through four coups.

Satendra Nandan, who suffered the first two coups in 1987, was Fiji’s first Labour Member of Parliament and a minister in the Bavadra cabinet. He was appointed a member of the Constitution Commission in March 2012 to help draft the new Constitution. In this talk he’ll discuss the Constitution-making principles and process for a modern, multi-ethnic Fiji and how the new Constitution is radically and positively different from all previous Constitutions.

The session will be chaired by Professor David Bamford.

Light refreshments served.

Admission free, no bookings required. Enquiries 8201 3069 or

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