ABC- Radio Australia "Tongan workers arrive in Australia"

Mon Feb 16, 2009

“Fifty Tongans are about to arrive in Melbourne to begin work as unskilled labourers on an Australian farm. The group is the first contingent of Pacific Islanders to take part in a pilot of Australia’s unskilled seasonal workers program. Australia intends to bring in more than two thousand Pacific Islanders from Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Kiritbati to pick fruit on Australian farms. But the program is two months late in starting and is facing criticism in Australia for taking jobs off locals, despite growing unemployment figures. For Pacific nations involved though, the program is seen as a great opportunity.”