15 Mar 2016

Prominent Norfolk Islander makes plea to Turnbull

12:41 pm on 15 March 2016

A businessman and former Norfolk Island government minister is pleading with the Australian prime minister to rethink his government's plans for the island.

Norfolk is about to become a regional council within New South Wales after its limited autonomy was removed last June.

Canberra claimed the island could no longer pay its way but many on Norfolk dispute both this and the way Australia has gone about the changes.

Andre Nobbs has written to Malcolm Turnbull to let him know many on the island remain opposed to the changes and have tried to raise their concerns legitimately but been ignored.

"Demonstrate to the prime minister that there's been a poorly carried out process that has robbed Norfolk Island of its democracy and its self governance, and it's also taken away a lot of its opportunity to be economically viable, and to be tourism destination competitive."

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