16 Feb 2006

Australia's domestic security fears force police meeting switch from Fiji

9:31 am on 16 February 2006

A regional police chiefs' conference planned for Nadi has been shifted to Melbourne because of domestic security concerns within Australia.

The Fiji Times reports that the conference of 15 commissioners of police from Australasia and the South West Pacific including Hong Kong and Singapore had been scheduled to be held in Nadi from May the 22nd to the 26th.

Fiji's police commissioner, Andrew Hughes, says the meeting has been switched to Melbourne because of concerns from some of his fellow Australian commissioners about all being away from the country at the same time, given the current terrorist threat there.

Mr Hughes says the meeting will discuss future directions and challenges for policing in the region.