4 Jul 2008

Samoa PM meets Australian counterpart on way to Honiara

9:55 am on 4 July 2008

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, is expected to meet with Australia's Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, today before he flies to attend the Solomon Islands 30th anniversary celebration of independence.

One of the issues included in the discussion according to the CEO of the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Auseuga'efa Va'asatia Poloma Komiti, is Australia's proposed seasonal scheme for the Pacific Island countries.

Auseuga'efa says the proposal is similar to the current Regional Scheme Employment or RSE in New Zealand.

But he says Australia is planning to offer a much better package for seasonal workers of 18 Australian dollars per hour.

It's feared a number of Pacific workers would refuse seasonal jobs in New Zealand because of the good salary rate offered by Australia.

Meanwhile Tuila'epa will be joined in Honiara with the Police commissioner, Papalii Lorenese Neru, to discuss with RAMSI officials the latest on investigations relating to two Samoan police officers involved in a car accident which had killed a nurse and injured others last month.