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Parliament removes race-based recruitment in civil service

Parliament today enacted legislation to remove a provision in the Public Service Act which promoted recruitment based on the ethnic composition of the population.Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum introduced the Public Service Amendment Bill, designed to amend section 4 of the Public Service Act 1999. According to the AG, a part of the Public Service Act 1999 […]

Peni Shute

February 10, 2016 10:12 pm

Parliament today enacted legislation to remove a provision in the Public Service Act which promoted recruitment based on the ethnic composition of the population.Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum introduced the Public Service Amendment Bill, designed to amend section 4 of the Public Service Act 1999.

According to the AG, a part of the Public Service Act 1999 dealing with Public Service Values stated that the composition of the public service reflects as closely as possible the ethnic composition of the population.

The AG said the bill dealt with amendments to sync with the 2013 constitution.  It proposed the Public Service Commission be responsible only for permanent secretaries while permanent secretaries would be responsible for all staff within the ministries.

The bill was enacted with 28 yes votes and 11 no votes.  Eleven parliamentarians did not vote.

Government Whip Hon. Ashneel Sudhakar said the amendment was for the future and the prosperity of Fiji.

Opposition Member, Hon. Semesa Karavaki said the bill lacked ‘arrangements’ because certain sections had been deleted. Hon. Karavaki said this would not have been the case if consultations had been undertaken.

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