Monday, June 09, 2008

Fiji not part of Aussie work scheme

Fiji not part of work scheme
Monday, June 09, 2008
Sai's Comment:
-This move by Australia should not come as a surprise to Voreqe and his illegal regime in Fiji. You can't expect to join Australia's Pacific work scheme when you overthrow a democratically elected government. You do not have the mandate of the people that is legally obtained through the ballot box. If you want to get into government, get out of your uniform and join or form your party to run in an election. Then see how many people really support you!!!! Save Fiji and its beloved people the hardship by returning Fiji to democratic rule. That way at least, you will buy yourself, some belated, though thoroughyly unedeserved, credit. History may still remember you kindly.
Fiji will not be part of a trial Pacific migration scheme aimed at easing labour shortages in Australia.
The trial Pacific plan could see up to 5000 islanders granted special work visas to work on farms and in vineyards.
Reasons have not been given by Australia as to why Fiji will not be included in the trial as the plan will be tabled before Cabinet on June 19.
The Age newspaper reports that Pacific Islands targeted for the plan include Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa, Kiribati and Tuvalu.
Under the scheme, the workers would be granted visas of up to seven months to work in regional communities, where they would receive Australian award wages and conditions before returning to their home countries with greater skills.
Union groups have endorsed the Regional Seasonal Employment scheme, which has already been successfully trialled in New Zealand.
Opposition Foreign Affairs spokesman Andrew Rob told News Ltd the Coalition has an "open mind" on the plan.

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