Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Now is not the time to appoint a High Commissioner to Fiji

CTU Media Release

17 January 2013

Now is not the time to appoint a High Commissioner to Fiji

The CTU has consistently warned the New Zealand Government over being too hasty in praising the Fijian military regime for its progress and now reiterates grave concerns for democratic progress and free and fair elections.

CTU Secretary Peter Conway says "throwing out the newly drafted constitution that was developed by a commission in favour of one that bans groups of people from forming political parties is a serious threat to any form of free and fair elections. New Zealand has put money and faith in the constitutional review process and that is now turning into a farce."

"The CTU wrote to Minister McCully late last year warning him of our growing concerns about the constitutional review process, and we will be calling on the Minister to condemn this latest move."

"Banning groups of people, including trade unionists who have been some of the strongest supporters of a return to democratic elections, from forming political parties is a blatant attack on democracy and is a chilling indicator of the regimes intentions."

"This latest move to remove Fijian people's human rights around freedom of association and democracy shows it is clearly not the right time for New Zealand to appoint a High Commissioner to Fiji," said Peter Conway.

"We have long stated to the government our concerns about the regime's intentions to return to democracy. Elections were once promised for 2009, now scheduled for 2014, but this latest announcement banning trade unionists and other groups from forming political parties shows the hollow intentions of the regime of holding elections or making any meaningful progress back to democracy."

"The Fijian military regime has consistently targeted, harassed and intimated Fijian union officials and members, this latest move is a step further to marginalise groups outside of the current regime. New Zealand should not appoint a High Commissioner to Fiji while these kinds of attacks to democracy are continuing," said Peter Conway.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Russel Norman Resignation

While not the decisive factor, last year’s election result must have made it easier for Greens Co-Leader Russel Norman to finally call it a day. After three years of solid campaigning on social justice, economic and environmental issues – and amidst another round of self-destruction by Labour, its ally and rival on the centre-left – the Greens had realistically expected to end up close to 15 % on election day. Instead, it barely held its own, and failed to increase its vote.

This would have been an especially bitter result for Norman. For the past six years, Norman has been the de facto leader of the Opposition – especially after Labour lost the plot with a series of inept leaders and a chronic identity crisis about what, if anything, it now stood for. More>>

 

Education: As Predicted, Charter Schools In Trouble

QPEC: When the government changed the Education Act to allow for charter schools, it bet that a bunch of non-educators using their own untested theories of education could run schools for our most disadvantaged students and achieve better results than state schools. More>>

ALSO:

Quick By-Election Expected: Mike Sabin Announces Resignation As Northland MP

Northland MP, Mike Sabin, today announced he has resigned from Parliament, effective immediately. Mr Sabin said he had decided to resign due to personal issues that were best dealt with outside Parliament. Mr Sabin will not be making any further comment. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Eleanor Catton Rumpus

If anyone was in doubt about the accuracy of the comments made in India by Eleanor Catton, the reaction from some quarters here at home has gone a long way to proving her point… More>>

ALSO:

More Rent Assistance, Less State-Owned Housing: John Key Speech - Next Steps In Social Housing

"We are going to ensure that more people get into social housing over the next three years, whether that is run by Housing New Zealand or a community provider. The social housing budget provides for around 62,000 income-related rent subsidies a year. We are committed to increasing that to around 65,000 subsidies by 2017/18, which will cost an extra $40 million a year." More>>

ALSO:

The Future Of Work: Andrew Little - State Of The Nation 2015

In 2005 when I led the EPMU we worked together with Air New Zealand to find a way to keep engineering jobs that were heading overseas. A lot of these workers were people I’d known for years and they were facing not just losing their jobs but not being able to find the kind of work they do without going overseas. A lot of people were facing personal and financial upheaval.... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news