This Decree amends the State Lands Act, originally titled “Crown Lands Act”, in section 6 by adding a subsection (6), which provides that any i Taukei land which is exchanged for portions of State land under subsection (3) must not be exchanged for portions of private freehold land under subsection. It also adds a new section (28a), which allows a person who is not a registered surveyor to be appointed as the Director of Lands. In such a case, the functions and duties of the Surveyor-General may be performed by another person under the direction and control of the person appointed as Director of Lands.”
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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