This Act amends the State Lands Act, originally titled “Crown Lands Act”, in section 6 by adding a subsection to a provision that gives powers to the Minister to exchange portions of State land for portions of private freehold land. The new section empowers the Minister to require, in addition of exchange, payment as a contribution for the value of the State land subject of exchange.
Amends: Crown Lands Act. (1945)
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Fiji became independent in 1970 after nearly a century as a British colony. Democratic rule was interrupted by two military coups in 1987 caused by concern over a government perceived as dominated by the Indian community (descendants of contract laborers brought to the islands by the British in the 19th century). The coups and a 1990 constitution that cemented native Melanesian control of Fiji led to heavy Indian emigration; the population loss resulted in economic difficulties, but ensured that Melanesians became the majority. A new constitution enacted in 1997 was more equitable.
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