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Public Order Act nullifies goodwill, says Beddoes

Ioane Burese
Monday, January 16, 2012

FORMER Opposition Leader Mick Beddoes says it is most unfortunate and a disappointing let-down for the people when the regime decided to re-impose restrictions on their short lived hopes and freedom through amendments' to the Public Order Act, effectively nullifying all the goodwill created by their initial decision to remove the PER.

In a statement, Mr Beddoes said in support of the government's move, he was about to write to the leaders of Australia and New Zealand to call on them to lift some restrictions and demonstrate a similar positive response to the government's welcomed move.

However, he said as grateful as he was with the decision to lift the PER, he was not that confident that the desirable level of sincerity was there, so he held off on the letters to see what would happen.

Mr Beddoes said his reading of the government's decision to re-impose restrictions on the people through amendments to the Public Order Act "is more about a lack of confidence of its ability to govern the people in an open and totally free society".