3 Nov 2005

Fiji foreign minister urges pressure on Australia, NZ, over labour mobility

11:21 am on 3 November 2005

Fiji's foreign minister, Kaliopate Tavola, says what he calls Australia's refusal to allow labour mobility from member countries of the Pacific Forum won't be allowed to be swept under the carpet.

Radio Fiji quotes Mr Tavola as saying the issue will be kept alive until the Forum leaders' summit next year.

He says they'll push ahead with demands for labour mobility because it's one of the significant aspects of the Pacific Plan adopted at the Forum summit in Papua New Guinea last week.

Mr Tavola says labour mobility and the free movement of people is part of the integration envisaged in the Pacific Plan.

He says it can't be put aside as the Australian prime minister, John Howard, would like to do.

Australia and New Zealand say they're considering a request by Pacific Island countries to admit seasonal workers.