HC Deb 30 June 1966 vol 730 cc2168-9
14. Mr. Winnick

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why Dr. J. Cairns, a member of the Australian Parliament, was not allowed to address public meetings on his visit to Fiji.

1. Mr. Russell Kerr

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the restrictions recently placed upon Dr. J. F. Cairns, a Member of the Australian House of Representatives, by the Governor of Fiji; by what authority the Governor acted; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Frederick Lee

Dr. Cairns was restricted under the Immigration Ordinance from holding public protest meetings against the French nuclear tests. The Fiji Government considered such meetings would have caused unnecessary alarm in view of Fiji's distance from the test area.

Mr. Winnick

Will the Colonial Secretary not agree that it is not a crime to protest against nuclear tests? Could he tell the Governor that this ban on an Australian Labour M.P. was without any justification?

Mr. Lee

My hon. Friend may like to know that Dr. Cairns arrived in Fiji on 29th May without notifying the Governor of an intention to hold any public meeting.

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