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Australia sympathetic to Fiji constitution rejection

Australia sympathetic to Fiji constitution rejection

Updated 15 January 2013, 10:05 AEDT

Australia's Foreign Minister has responded sympathetically to Fiji's rejection of a proposed constitution, despite a stinging response from other nations in the region.

Bob Carr says he can see why the military regime rejected elements of the draft.

He says the jury's still out on whether the constitutional process it's undertaking is enough to restore Fiji's reputation in the eyes of the international community.

But Professor Brij Lal, an expert on Fiji says Senator Carr doesn't fully understand what's happening in the country, and Fijian's confidence in the process has been shattered.

Presenter: Lexi Metherell

Speakers: Bob Carr, Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs; Murray McCully, New Zealand Minister of Foriegn Affairs; Professor Brij Lal from the Australian National University

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