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State expels Barr

Tevita Vuibau
Saturday, January 26, 2013

SOCIAL worker and former head of the Wages Council Father Kevin Barr was yesterday told by the Fijian government to leave the country after allegedly breaching his work permit.

This was confirmed by a government statement.

Details however, of the alleged breach were not revealed.

"The Minister for Immigration Joketani Cokanasiga has declared Father Kevin Barr as a prohibited immigrant due to a breach in his work permit," the statement said.

"The department has issued a formal notice to Father Barr who has until Sunday the 27th of January to leave the country," it said.

Rumours that Father Barr had fled to the Australian High Commission last night to seek refuge remained unsubstantiated when this edition went to press.

And subsequent attempts to get into contact with Father Barr proved futile.

When contacted yesterday, acting Australian High Commissioner Glenn Miles said he had no comment on the issue.

During his time in the country, Father Barr was a vocal advocate of workers' rights, campaigning tirelessly for those on the bottom rung of society.

He resigned as head of the Wages Council last year, expressing frustration with the government's decision to defer wage increases.


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