ONE of the unscrupulous parts of the 1997 Constitution is the legalisation
of the gay community in Fiji, a Prime Minister's Senate nominee says.
Speaking in Fijian in the Upper House, Senator Mitieli Bulanauca said the
legalisation of the gay community in Fiji was only brought about by the 1997
Speaking on a motion calling for a Commission of Inquiry on the 1997
Constitution, Mr Bulanauca said had it not been for the adoption of the
constitution, gay activities would still be confined overseas.
Mr Bulanauca said plans to hold a gay festival in Fiji soon was a good
example that Fiji had accepted the existence of this community.
He likened it to the existence of the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah, saying it
would invoke the anger of the Christian God.
Another part of the 1997 Constitution he does not like is the reduction of
the Fijian communal parliamentary seats from 28 to 22.
He said this was only brought about by a constitution that had been shoved
down the throats of the Fijian people.
He said consultations into the adoption and drafting of the 1997
Constitution should have taken at least seven years.
He even suggested people other than Fijians would soon surpass indigenous
people in numbers because of the many ways they could settle in the country
while the Fijians had only one way.
"And that is by birth," Mr Bulanauca said.
He said this could be through foreign business investment, migration and