30 Mar 2015

Fiji MP calls for consistency over flag

4:20 pm on 30 March 2015

Fiji's main opposition party say the government should be consistent on the policy to change the country's flag.

Fiji flag

Fiji flag Photo: Free google search image

The Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, announced in late February that the flag would change, and a national design competition is now underway.

The Sodelpa party says the government is acting as if it is still a dictatorship, after it dismissed a petition filed in Parliament calling for a referendum.

The MP who presented the 1,500 signature petition, Bill Gavoka, says while the government has called for designs, it has also stated the iconic blue colour will remain, so to avoid changes to references to the colour in the national anthem.

"They've given us some perimeters on how to design the flag and they say it must remain blue. Look, it's an ill-thought thing and this is very typical of Bainimarama's government, he shoots from the hip. That is what we are hearing, that they want to keep the blue background."

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