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Pacific Islands forum ministerial contact group visit to Fiji

April 30, 2012

I am travelling to Fiji today as a member of the Pacific Islands Forum Ministerial Contact Group (MCG) to discuss the restoration of democracy and the rule of law in Fiji.

Members of the MCG will see first-hand how consultation on the constitution and election preparations are progressing in Fiji.

The Australian Government has welcomed recent positive steps in Fiji towards the restoration of democracy, including the announcement of the constitutional consultation process and the visit by a UN election needs assessment team earlier this month.

Australia is willing to support the people of Fiji in their efforts to restore democracy and the rule of law.

The Pacific Island Forum MCG meeting in Fiji will be attended by senior Ministers from New Zealand, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Australia.

The MCG will meet with a range of groups and individuals from Fiji’s political and civil society including members of the interim Fiji Government, the opposition, academics trade unions and non-government organisations.

The MCG was established by Pacific Island Forum Leaders in March 2008 to monitor developments in Fiji and to liaise with the interim Government on Fiji’s return to democracy.

The MCG will report to Pacific Island Forum Leaders at their meeting in the Cook Islands in August.

  1. May 5, 2012 4:10 pm

    Dear Minister,

    Given that Australia is the only potential foreign aggressor against the legitimate and much -loved government of Fiji surely it is time for Australia to declare a Non-Aggression Pact with Fiji. Anything other than everlasting peace between Australia and Fiji is an aggressive and pointless stance that only creates a climate for a totalitarian regime to emerge and which endangers the indigenous land rights movement and a Fijian culture which Australian tourists love and enjoy.

    Fiji continues to be a wonderful global citizen particularly through it’s participation in UN peace-keeping and given the previous threats of violence against it the Fiji government has been especially tolerant and peace-minded. The same cannot be said of the Indian expatriate community which having spread to New Zealand has now seriously impacted on the living standards, employment and cost-of-living of normal working Australians here in Australia.

    One need only watch the continued attempts by Australian politicians of the major political parties to buy votes from the Indian community and the voting trends and patterns in marginal seats (especially Lowe) to realize that the Indian community is fickle, disloyal, erratic and completely unreliable showing just how contemptuous it is of the best ideals of democracy and representative government. Instead of taking principled and consistent stances the Indian mob vote has proven itself to be totally cynical, purely selfish short-term vote-sellers without any gratitude or sense of responsibility. The irrational hatreds of Indian culture continue to breed in this new country of Australia including a total intolerance of other religions and a general bigotry especially against Labor voters and the muslim community.

    Indigenous Fijians have never done any harm to Australia’s national interests and never will. The history of the Indian Rights movement including the war-crimes of the Indian Liberation Army in World War 2 and the murder of Australians and our allies should entitle the indigenous Fijians to a fair-go. May their be peace with Fiji and may you be the Peacemaker and not a can-kicker.

  2. May 5, 2012 4:11 pm

    some ghastly spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Apologies.


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