Australasia has failed Fiji, says ex-PM

Australasia has failed Fiji, says ex-PMAustralian and New Zealand diplomacy has failed Fiji, former Prime Minister and World Trade Organisation Director-General Mike Moore said yesterday. Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith defended his country’s approach on TV… [NZ Herald Politics]

Mike Moore is right on the money about Fiji. Both Australia and New Zealand with their arrogant “we know best” attitude have not done Fiji proud.

In fact we have probably exacerbated the situation.

“This represents a huge diplomatic failure by New Zealand and by Australia over several decades,” he told Q and A.

“Foreign policy is projecting and protecting your interests and promoting your values and building up over many years those values and those interests. We have failed.”

Mr Moore said “a game changer” was needed to look at the problems rather than take a critical approach.

“There has to be a game changer there, and to allow people to move, keep their dignity and keep their faith.”

Exactly. Tough talking, sanctions and travel bans have been spectacularly unsuccessful. Time now for a different approach. One of offering assistance to remove the impediments to true democracy in Fiji. By impediments I mean a culture of nepotism, graft, bribery, corruption and racism. Setting a new non-racist constitution and aiding iji in establishing a census would be huge hurdles we should be assisting with.

But no, instead we will focus on getting the hopelessly corrupt UN to stop using Fijian Peacke-Keeping troops. Oh right, that’ll work.