Wednesday, 29 September 2010 7:54 AM

Government Soon to Release Policy Document

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister is expected to include constitutional reforms in the government's first policy document, which is due to be launched this week.

During the election campaign Danny Philip said his party, the Reform Democratic Party of Solomon Islands, would push for constitutional reform if he became prime minister.

A senior lecturer in international community development, at Melbourne's Deakin University, Heather Wallace, says Mr Philip has indicated changes to land ownership, and allocating parliamentary seats to women are on his agenda.

But Dr Wallace says those reforms could be difficult to achieve.

"Whether, first of all, any of those reforms would be approved, you need two-thirds of the Government to approve any of those constitutional changes. But also given the sort of make-up of some of the politicians within the current Government as well, we're not really sure how things will unfold."

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