3 Jun 2015

Fiji's new flag laws seen as 'ironic'

1:19 pm on 3 June 2015

Fiji's attempt to protect its future flag has come under heavy criticism from the opposition's youth wing.

The leader of the Sodelpa Youth Council, Peter Waqavonovono, says it's ironic that the Fiji Government did not consult anyone before deciding to change the flag, but is now proposing a referendum to be required to change the new one.

A billboard outside Vatuwaqa Primary School, authorised by the Fiji Government.

A billboard outside Vatuwaqa Primary School, authorised by the Fiji Government. Photo: Supplied

A select committee is taking public submissions this week on the National Flag Protection Bill, which sets out rules and punishments for use and misuse of the flag.

Peter Waqavonovono says many people in Fiji don't want the flag to be changed.

"It's very ironic that the FijiFirst party has no reservations in changing the current flag and to allow taxpayers money to be funnelled into the production of a Bainimarama flag, and that's sad. This is a sad day for our democracy."

Peter Waqavonovono says 3,000 people signed a petition for Parliament to consider putting the current change to a referendum, but it was ignored.