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New Caledonia

New Caledonia 446 the contemporary pacific fall 2002 ever, a request from Australia that Fiji December over the Qarase govern- participate in the so-called “Pacific ment’s proposed legislation to provide solution” to the burgeoning refugee affirmative action programs for problem was withdrawn after a public indigenous Fijians. As critics attacked and political outcry in Fiji. Also in the legislation for being “racially dis- December, the Commonwealth Minis- criminatory” and unconstitutional, its terial Action Group lifted Fiji’s suspen- defenders (including the prime minis- sion from the Commonwealth Coun - ter) described the bill as necessary for cils, paving the way for Fiji to attend peace and stability, in other words, the next Commonwealth Heads of national security (Sun, 17 Dec 2001, Government Meeting. New Zealand 1). But such attempts to “buy” stabil- and Britain then announced the ity by removing “barriers to Fijian resumption of full relations with Fiji. advancement” had failed in the past Only the European Union continued to avert political crises and had its aid sanctions on the country, to be instead fostered massive cor ruption reviewed once the constitutionality of and abuse of public funds (the farm- the government had been resolved. ing assistance scheme being only the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © 2002 University of Hawai'i Press.
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1527-9464

Abstract

446 the contemporary pacific fall 2002 ever, a request from Australia that Fiji December over the Qarase govern- participate in the so-called “Pacific ment’s proposed legislation to provide solution” to the burgeoning refugee affirmative action programs for problem was withdrawn after a public indigenous Fijians. As critics attacked and political outcry in Fiji. Also in the legislation for being “racially dis- December, the Commonwealth Minis- criminatory” and unconstitutional, its terial Action Group lifted Fiji’s suspen- defenders (including the prime minis- sion from the Commonwealth Coun - ter) described the bill as necessary for cils, paving the way for Fiji to attend peace and stability, in other words, the next Commonwealth Heads of national security (Sun, 17 Dec 2001, Government Meeting. New Zealand 1). But such attempts to “buy” stabil- and Britain then announced the ity by removing “barriers to Fijian resumption of full relations with Fiji. advancement” had failed in the past Only the European Union continued to avert political crises and had its aid sanctions on the country, to be instead fostered massive cor ruption reviewed once the constitutionality of and abuse of public funds (the farm- the government had been resolved. ing assistance scheme being only the

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 1, 2002

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