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Australia urges Fiji to look to Indonesian model on democracy

Australia urges Fiji to look to Indonesian model on democracy

Updated 1 February 2013, 17:57 AEST

Australia's Foreign Minister Bob Carr has suggested Fiji look closely at the way Indonesia has restructured the relationship between its government and its military.

The comments come as the island nation prepares to start the final process for drafting a constitution to replace the one scrapped by its military regime in 2009.

That process has come in for criticism after parts of the draft prepared by the Constitutional Committee, led by Professor Yash Ghai, were rejected, with the military making it clear it had no intention of stepping away from the influential role it now has in all aspects of Fiji society and government.

Senator Carr told Jim Middleton from the ABC's Newsline program, Indonesia can provide a good example of how to deal with that issue.

Presenter: Jim Middleton

Speaker: Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr

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