• Short Summary

    A CONSTITUTIONAL CONFERENCE AIMED AT INCREASING THE MEASURE OF INTERNAL SELF-GOVERNMENT FOR FIJI, OPENED IN LONDON TODAY (MONDAY) IT IS BEING ATTENDED BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HEADED BY MR.

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    A CONSTITUTIONAL CONFERENCE AIMED AT INCREASING THE MEASURE OF INTERNAL SELF-GOVERNMENT FOR FIJI, OPENED IN LONDON TODAY (MONDAY) IT IS BEING ATTENDED BY REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HEADED BY MR.ANTONY GREENWOOD, THE MINISTER FOR COLONIES, AND THE UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE FIJIAN LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HEADED BY SIR DEREK JAKEWAY, THE GOVERNOR OF FIJI.

    THE CONFERENCE WAS PROPOSED IN A COMMUNIQUE TO THE THEN MINISTER FOR COLONIES, MR.DUNCAN SANDYS, IN 1963, BUT WAS HELD-UP UNTIL NOW TO ALLOW CHANGES IN THE STRUCTURE OF THE EXECUTIVE TO TAKE EFFECT AND ALLOW FURTHER DISCUSSION IN THE FIJI LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL.

    THE THREE MAIN RACES ON THE FIJI ISLANDS -- FIJIANS, EUROPEANS AND INDIANS -- ARE REPRESENTED AT THE MEETING.THE MAIN AIM IS TO SET UP MACHINERY FOR INCREASING THE LEVEL OF INTERNAL SELF-GOVERNMENT, WHILE CONTINUING THE STRONG LINKS WITH BRITAIN THAT THE CROWN COLONY NOW ENJOYS.

    FIJI HAS ALWAYS RETAINED A LARGE MEASURE OF SELF-GOVERNMENT WHICH HAS BEEN INCREASED, PERIODICALLY, SINCE THE FIJIAN AFFAIRS ORDINANCE OF 1944.AT PRESENT,THERE IS AN EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF SIX ELECTED MEMBERS -- TWO EACH FROM THE PREDOMINANT RACES -- AND FOUR OFFICIALS.THERE IS A LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF TEN OFFICIAL MEMBERS AND 18 UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS, OF WHOM 12 ARE ELECTED AND FOUR NOMINATED BY THE GOVERNOR.

    UNDER RECENT CHANGES, UNOFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL ARE NOW DIRECTLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE SUPERVISION OF GROUPS OF GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS, AND CONSEQUENTLY WITH THE FORMATION OF POLICY FOR GOVERNMENTAL ACTIVITIES SUCH AS SOCIAL SERVICES, COMMUNICATION AND PUBLIC WORKS.

    THE CONFERENCE IS EXPECTED TO LAST FOR TWO WEEKS WHILE ATTEMPTING TO FIND A FORMULA WHICH WOULD SATISFY THE DESIRE FOR A GREATER MEASURE OF SELF-GOVERNMENT WHILE TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THAT FIJI -- LIKE SOME SMALL COLONIAL TERRITORIES -- IS AT PRESENT UNABLE OR UNWILLING TO PROCEED TO INDEPENDENCE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6F1GUTT3P7JGALF45TWF57KLQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA6F1GUTT3P7JGALF45TWF57KLQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/07/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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