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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Government urged to put pressure on Australia and NZ regarding labour program

Government has been urged to put pressure on Australia and New Zealand over the proposed unskilled labour program which is being discussed between the countries.

The comment was made at the National Economic Summit last week after the Reserve Bank of Fiji Governor revealed that personal remittances were playing a huge role on the country's economy and had helped the country's balance of payments position.

A suggestion was made that unskilled labour could go and work in Australia and New Zealand rather than far away places such as Iraq and the Middle East. However, it was observed that the two neighbouring countries merely took our skilled workers - something which the country could not afford.

It was suggested that this amounted to a huge drain of human capital which was worth more than the aid that the two countries provided to Fiji.

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