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2013 2013 2013 <div class="Section1"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3hQoL8gmD64/UjK0WJ7NjxI/AAAAAAAAOq8/qfwkMjMlwC8/s1600/Richard+Herr.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="167" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3hQoL8gmD64/UjK0WJ7NjxI/AAAAAAAAOq8/qfwkMjMlwC8/s200/Richard+Herr.jpg" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Richard Herr</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>By Richard Herr and Anthony Bergin in <i>The Australian</i> 13 September 2013</b></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">The Coalition's foreign policy statement, released just prior to the election, promised to work with Fiji to normalise relations as soon as possible. Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has indicated he would welcome the Coalition's making good on this promise. Of course, it takes two to tango; both sides will have to agree to get on the dance floor.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">Bainimarama has long bristled at the "interim PM" label Australia has put on him. He associates the open mocking of him and his government by our media with the Australian government's support for such reporting.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8oV3MzSF6d4/UjK0OcqeDmI/AAAAAAAAOq4/bHPpH07qDxU/s1600/Anthony+Bergin.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8oV3MzSF6d4/UjK0OcqeDmI/AAAAAAAAOq4/bHPpH07qDxU/s200/Anthony+Bergin.jpg" width="140" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Anthony Bergin</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">As much as some in Suva would like Bainimarama to be invited to Canberra for talks on re-engagement, the Fiji government recognises this would court disaster if the meeting failed to live up to expectations. The October 10 Fiji Day celebrations could be used to mark some symbolic reconciliation, if the Abbott government has the will to help mark the occasion appropriately.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">A visit by soon-to-be foreign minister Julie Bishop would be welcomed in Suva. (As she'd be in Brunei for the East Asia Summit on Fiji Day, she could send her parliamentary secretary.) Getting the atmospherics right is critical for building trust in the longer term. But the immediate need is to address some irritants in the relations.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">The sine qua non of keeping the Coalition's promise to normalise relations will depend on lifting the travel bans.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">The sanctions regime of the past 6½ years has failed to achieve any useful outcome. Worse, some have worked against the early return to democracy. Preventing qualified civilians from taking up positions with the Fiji government has only intensified the need to rely on able military officers to staff upper levels of the public service.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">Lifting of some sanctions, especially the travel bans, is a necessary early gesture from Fiji's perspective. That's the least the Bainimarama administration expects from the new Australian government. Fiji's new constitution came into force on the Saturday the Coalition was elected to power. The constitution has generally received positive reviews despite some criticism on the process and its content.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">Setting aside the travel bans could be a gesture of good faith pending further talks. Indeed, it's difficult to see how meaningful engagement on normalising relations could be pursed without lifting travel bans.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">There can be no objection to an immediate and unconditional lifting of sanctions against the family members of sanctioned officials on grounds of natural justice and fairness. The same applies to any civilian taking a position with the Bainimarama government working for a return to parliamentary democracy.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">This should also include public service positions, whether related to elections or not. It would help restore civilian authority in the public service.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">The Abbott government will have to come to terms with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces. The RFMF will remain part of the Fijian political scene, even after next year's elections in Fiji. Our defence engagement with Fiji will be an important part of our bilateral relationship. Sanctions on the repair of the three patrol boats we donated to Fiji some years ago have been dysfunctional for both Fiji and for regional security.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">The restoration of defence attaches and other aspects of normalised relations, such as assistance to Fiji's military officer training school and the participation of Fiji officers in our military colleges, will need to be included in the Coalition's approach.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">The Abbott government will have to do something significant to redeem its pre-election promise or Fiji will assume the election was simply a continuation of business as usual in Canberra.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><i><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Richard Herr and Anthony Bergin are co-authors of Our Near Abroad: Australia and Pacific islands regionalism, Australian Strategic</span> Policy Institute</i></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><i>If you would like to read the book by these authors that is mentioned at the bottom of the article, you can get it free either as a hard-copy or as a pdf&nbsp;from <http: ontentid="319" publication_details.aspx="" publications="" www.aspi.org.au="">. &nbsp;I'm not sure if the hard copy is only for Australian postal addresses, but the pdf is just a download.&nbsp; </http:></i></span></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Your opinions are important. Please comment on this posting.</div><br> 2013 2013 2013 <br><div class="Section1"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3hQoL8gmD64/UjK0WJ7NjxI/AAAAAAAAOq8/qfwkMjMlwC8/s1600/Richard+Herr.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="167" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3hQoL8gmD64/UjK0WJ7NjxI/AAAAAAAAOq8/qfwkMjMlwC8/s200/Richard+Herr.jpg" width="200" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Richard Herr</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>By Richard Herr and Anthony Bergin in <i>The Australian</i> 13 September 2013</b></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">The Coalition's foreign policy statement, released just prior to the election, promised to work with Fiji to normalise relations as soon as possible. Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has indicated he would welcome the Coalition's making good on this promise. Of course, it takes two to tango; both sides will have to agree to get on the dance floor.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">Bainimarama has long bristled at the "interim PM" label Australia has put on him. He associates the open mocking of him and his government by our media with the Australian government's support for such reporting.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8oV3MzSF6d4/UjK0OcqeDmI/AAAAAAAAOq4/bHPpH07qDxU/s1600/Anthony+Bergin.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8oV3MzSF6d4/UjK0OcqeDmI/AAAAAAAAOq4/bHPpH07qDxU/s200/Anthony+Bergin.jpg" width="140" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Anthony Bergin</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">As much as some in Suva would like Bainimarama to be invited to Canberra for talks on re-engagement, the Fiji government recognises this would court disaster if the meeting failed to live up to expectations. The October 10 Fiji Day celebrations could be used to mark some symbolic reconciliation, if the Abbott government has the will to help mark the occasion appropriately.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">A visit by soon-to-be foreign minister Julie Bishop would be welcomed in Suva. (As she'd be in Brunei for the East Asia Summit on Fiji Day, she could send her parliamentary secretary.) Getting the atmospherics right is critical for building trust in the longer term. But the immediate need is to address some irritants in the relations.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">The sine qua non of keeping the Coalition's promise to normalise relations will depend on lifting the travel bans.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">The sanctions regime of the past 6½ years has failed to achieve any useful outcome. Worse, some have worked against the early return to democracy. Preventing qualified civilians from taking up positions with the Fiji government has only intensified the need to rely on able military officers to staff upper levels of the public service.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">Lifting of some sanctions, especially the travel bans, is a necessary early gesture from Fiji's perspective. That's the least the Bainimarama administration expects from the new Australian government. Fiji's new constitution came into force on the Saturday the Coalition was elected to power. The constitution has generally received positive reviews despite some criticism on the process and its content.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">Setting aside the travel bans could be a gesture of good faith pending further talks. Indeed, it's difficult to see how meaningful engagement on normalising relations could be pursed without lifting travel bans.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">There can be no objection to an immediate and unconditional lifting of sanctions against the family members of sanctioned officials on grounds of natural justice and fairness. The same applies to any civilian taking a position with the Bainimarama government working for a return to parliamentary democracy.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">This should also include public service positions, whether related to elections or not. It would help restore civilian authority in the public service.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">The Abbott government will have to come to terms with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces. The RFMF will remain part of the Fijian political scene, even after next year's elections in Fiji. Our defence engagement with Fiji will be an important part of our bilateral relationship. Sanctions on the repair of the three patrol boats we donated to Fiji some years ago have been dysfunctional for both Fiji and for regional security.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">The restoration of defence attaches and other aspects of normalised relations, such as assistance to Fiji's military officer training school and the participation of Fiji officers in our military colleges, will need to be included in the Coalition's approach.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">The Abbott government will have to do something significant to redeem its pre-election promise or Fiji will assume the election was simply a continuation of business as usual in Canberra.<o:p></o:p></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><br /></span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><i><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Richard Herr and Anthony Bergin are co-authors of Our Near Abroad: Australia and Pacific islands regionalism, Australian Strategic</span> Policy Institute</i></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><i>If you would like to read the book by these authors that is mentioned at the bottom of the article, you can get it free either as a hard-copy or as a pdf&nbsp;from <http: ontentid="319" publication_details.aspx="" publications="" www.aspi.org.au="">. &nbsp;I'm not sure if the hard copy is only for Australian postal addresses, but the pdf is just a download.&nbsp; </http:></i></span></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer">Your opinions are important. 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