Following the Fiji Supreme Court’s decision that the Qarase Government’s exclusion of the Fiji Labor Party (FLP) from Government was unconstitutional and illegal, visiting Australian unionist have joined calls for the Chaudhry led FLP to take its rightful place in Government, including calling on the Australian Government to intervene in facilitating the decision of the Supreme Court.
“This decision of the Fiji Supreme Court is a fantastic step forward and a vindication of the FLP’s fight for justice and democracy in Fiji”, head of the NSW Branch of the Australian Transport Worker’s Union Tony Sheldon said today.
“With the court’s vindication and instruction, the Qarase Government must move to immediately comply with the requirements of the 1997 Constitution and implement the participation of Mahendra Chaudhry’s FLP in Government.”
“The court’s decision is clear, and Australian unions expect the Government to make the right decision,” Australian Health Services Union National President Michael Williamson said.
“A further deterioration into the crisis, instability and uncertainty that has riddled Fiji since the illegal coup in May 2000 is in nobody’s interests and our organizations’ will be doing everything we can to make sure that this doesn’t happen.”
“Including, immediately calling on the Australian Government to review all aid, assistance and favorable trading arrangements to Fiji and Australian businesses in Fiji unless the courts decision is implemented,” Australian NSW Textile Clothing and Footwear Secretary Barry Tubner said.
The Australian union delegation is visiting Fiji to attend the Fijian Labour Party Conference in Nadi this weekend Friday 24th and 25th of July.