17 Apr 2004

Joint parliamentary committee will address Fiji's land lease problems

9:41 am on 17 April 2004

Fiji's prime minister, Laisenia Qarase, and the Labour party leader, Mahendra Chaudhry, have agreed to set up a joint parliamentary select committee to solve the country's land lease problems.

The agreement came at this week's "talanoa' talks in Nadi convened by Dr Sitiveni Halapua of the Hawaii-based East West Centre.

The government will NOT now go ahead with tabling two bills aimed at changing land lease laws in this month's session of parliament

The parliamentary select committee will comprise eight members from the government, six from the Labour party, the leader of the opposition and two senators.

The committee will discuss all aspects of land leasing, tenure and rentals and report back by September.

Its work will be critical to the restructuring of the sugar industry, a report on which has also been accepted.