Refugees should not be sent to Manus Island.
Fiji’s Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola yesterday slammed Australia and the “Rudd Solution”.
“In an address at the Australia-Fiji Business Forum in Brisbane on Monday, Mr Kubuabola said Australia’s PNG plan, which Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced earlier this month, had been made without proper consideration of the consequences.
So what is this “Fiji” and why should we listen to it?
Since independence there have been four coups in Fiji, two in 1987, one in 2000 and one in late 2006. The military has been either ruling directly, or heavily influencing governments since 1987. The Military has based its armed takeovers from democratically elected Parliaments on a dislike of that part of the Fijian community which had an Indian ancestry.
Over a hundred years, the descendents of the Indian labourers brought into Fiji by British landowners has grown to become a majority in the country. The military coups has caused many of those of Indian descent to leave the country. To become refugees within the wider world.
Now this racist dictatorship has decided to butt in on an agreement made between two other countries. Australia and PNG have chosen to deal with the problem of people dying at sea in a humane and potentially successful way.
Why have Fiji chosen to interfere In Australian Politics?
Australia-Fiji relations have been stretched to breaking point in recent years. Along with a number of other countries, Australia applied sanctions to the country in 2006 after a military coup that installed Frank Bainimarama as leader. In 2009, after being suspended from the Commonwealth of nations and from the Pacific Islands Forum, Fiji expelled the Australian high commissioner, but diplomatic relations between the two countries resumed in 2012.
Now this dictatorship has seen a chance for revenge.
The Fijian Foreign Minister said Australia’s policy was ”high-handed” and ”arrogant” and threatened to destabilise Melanesian societies. ”This was done to solve a domestic political problem and for short-term political gain without proper consideration of the long-term consequences. This deal and those mooted with Solomon Islands and Vanuatu clearly threatens our interests by altering the fundamental social fabric of any … country that accepts a deal with Australia.”
He went on to say his country could not “‘remain silent when the current Australian government dumps this problem, which is arguably in its own making, on our doorstep”.
“For an Australian problem, you have proposed a Melanesian solution that threatens to destabilise the already delicate social and economic balances in our societies”
This racist diatribe has come from a lackey of his own country’s dictator who created his own wave of refugees.
Like the confected outrage allegedly found in low level Indonesian responses and the NIMBY comments quoted from a few Manus Islanders these Fijian comments will be used by sections of the Australian Media in their never-ending need to embarrass the Australian Government. Giving legitimacy to an illegitimate dictator.
Aligning Bainimarama and Morrison in common cause.
And stop calling it “Mannus”. It is pronounced “Marnus”.