24 Feb 2003

Australian government says unions should not support separatist movement in Papua

11:49 am on 24 February 2003

Australia's Foreign Minister has called on the opposition to rein in the union movement over its support for independence for the Indonesian province of Papua.

Alexander Downer said Labour declared on the one hand that it supported the on going territorial integrity of Indonesia.

But on the other hand supporters of the Labour Party were backing independence for Papua through sponsorship of a concert in Melbourne later this week.

The Australian Associated Press says the Australian Broadcasting Corporation has been directed not to sponsor or broadcast the event which is presented by the Victorian Trades Hall Council.