24 Jul 2012

Tahiti opposition mocks Temaru's Australian backer

1:31 pm on 24 July 2012

The French Polynesian opposition Tahoeraa Huiraatira has issued a statement, mocking an Australian businessman Clive Palmer after he decided to fund a Tahiti team to join a dragon boat race at the London Olympics.

Mr Palmer has this year bought the Club Med premises on Bora Bora and supported this month's Club de Madrid meeting in Tahiti at a time of economic decline, prompting the Tahoeraa to say that for the President Oscar Temaru, Uncle Clive is even better than Uncle Hollande.

And it says with six months until the territorial election, it is for the government not only useful but essential to have Uncle Clive nearby.

The Tahoeraa says in response to the French colonisation, Mr Temaru proposes an international colonisation, with anybody but the French such as the Chinese, Australians, Americans and New Zealanders.

Earlier this month, the Tahoeraa leader Gaston Flosse, who is a member of the French Senate, took issue with Mr Palmer's comments on nation-building, saying if suggestions of this kind were made in Australia, one would end up in jail.