FIJI should decolonise its national flag identity and have a new flag for a new nation.
Pacific Dialogue Limited chief executive Jone Dakuvula in their submission said the present flag had a prominent Union Jack (England's flag) in the top left-hand corner against a pale blue background. He said it also had a plaque in the middle that was again symbolic of Fiji's colonial history.
"Fiji, through its coups d'etat of 1987, 2000 and 2006, firmly rejected the constitutional link between Fiji and the United Kingdom, notwithstanding the coup-makers' ironic claim of continued loyalty to the British Crown," Mr Dakuvula said.
He said the 1997 Constitution embodied the inheritance of Britain's rule in Fiji and the knowledge Britain imparted to the people of Fiji of the important values of the rule of law and later parliamentary democracy.
"It is important because we, through our more recent history, have failed to uphold that inheritance of constitutional democracy and the rule of law," Mr Dakuvula said.
"Our challenge now is to ensure that our history is conveyed and understood from the Fijian people's perspective," he said.
Even though Fiji is now a republic with a president as head of state and therefore warrants a new flag, he said. Pacific Dialogue submitted that the new flag should be the symbol of a new beginning as a nation rather than a reminder of our negative colonial inheritances such as racism, divide and rule and cringing subservience.
"There should be a flag design competition to create a new flag for Fiji. It should include symbols representing a new nation," Mr Dakuvula said.