Addressing the Fiji Labour Party Conference in Nadi, visiting Australian Transport Worker’s Union NSW State Secretary Tony Sheldon has called on the Australian Federal Government to urgently investigate reports of proven Fiji terrorists from Fiji, freely traveling to and from Australia.
“In the wake of the terrible events of September 11 and the atrocities committed on innocent Australians in Bali, our Government has made much of the war on terror and the need for appropriate steps to be taken to reduce the threat to Australian’s and Australian interests.”
“Domestically, steps have been taken to increase the powers of security agencies to investigate, question and detain suspected terrorists or people with suspected terrorist links.
When, it comes to Fiji, however, the Australian Government seems to be applying an appalling double standard.”
“As part of this delegation the TWU has been presented with evidence that Fiji citizens and Australian investors in Fiji who were directly involved in the illegal, unconstitutional, and internationally condemned violent coup in May 2000 are being allowed to travel freely between our two countries.”
“These people were involved in and actively supported the violent and bloodthirsty overthrow of the democratically elected Chaudhry Labour Government at gun point.”
“If they are not proven terrorists, and proven threats to democracy, peace, freedom and stability in our region – what is?,” Mr Sheldon asked.
“Does the Australian Government have a special definition of what constitutes an international terrorist when it comes to Fiji.”
As recently as earlier this year, a self confessed seditionist – who is a minister in the SDL government – was granted visa entry into Australia as part of a Government funded study into the Australian electoral system despite protest from the FLP.
“This double standard, when it comes to Fiji, is an absolute disgrace,” Mr Sheldon told conference participants. “It needs to be urgently addressed.”
“On my return to Australia, I will be immediately making these representations to the Australian Government, our immigration departments and the Australian Federal Police.”