26 Aug 2003

Placement of Australian experts in Solomons public service will not displace locals

10:28 am on 26 August 2003

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Sir Allan Kemakeza, says no people will lose their jobs despite the placement of 17 consultants from Australia in the public sector.

Sir Allan says at least 3 of the consultants will be placed in line positions and the remainder will work in an advisory capacity.

He says the move was put forward after consultation with the various departments involved, depite protests from the Public Sector Union that there was not such consultation.

Sir Allan also says the termination of seven permanent secretaries is not linked to the move.

He says the terminations which are yet to be carried out, are based on insubordination and misconduct.

Sir Allan says the entry of Australian consultants will be done carefully.

"We have to ensure that they work closely with their counterparts that are currenmtly there at the moment. My cabinet was assured that there will be no sidelining of those who are in the posts at the moment."