Working paper

The Rotuma Bill No. 6 of 2015: what is at stake for Rotuma?

Working Paper No.4

1 Jun 2018

There have been stirrings on social media about plans by the Fijian Government to table the Rotuma Bill in Parliament in 2018. The Bill has been under consideration by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Affairs (the Committee) since 2016 and is intended to replace the current Rotuma Act. The Rotuman Land Bill  has also been under consideration by the Committee and both have been controversial and widely opposed by the Rotuman Community with 85 percent of the voting population of Rotumans on the island reportedly supporting recommendations for the withdrawal of the Bills.  This in brief summarises the changes proposed under the Rotuma Bill and provides a brief analysis of what these changes will mean for Rotuma and Rotumans. The proposed Bills will change Rotuma’s relationship with Fiji: from one where it has special autonomous administrative arrangements with the Fiji government, to one where it effectively becomes another island in Fiji and under the control of the Fijian government.

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