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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

TARD online poll shows that a majority of respondents are against Moti's appointment as Solomons AG

An online poll about the Julian Moti saga hosted on the To'abaita Authority for Research & Development (TARD) student blog, which was conducted from 25 May to 14 July 2007, has shown that more than 70 percent of respondents oppose the appointment of Julian Moti as the Attorney General of Solomon Islands.

The online survey poll on the question, "What is your view about the Julian Moti saga?" showed that 76 percent of respondents want Julian Moti to be deported to face charges in Australia to clear his reputation before taking up the Attorney General's post. Sixteen percent of respondents thought that Australia should not interfere with the Sogavare government's choice, whilst only 8 percent were of the view that Julian Moti is innocent and should be allowed to become the Solomon Islands Attorney General. A total of 97 anonymous respondents took up the online poll over the period from May to July.

The TARD student blog which received an average monthly online visitor record of over 3,000 internet users, mainly from educated Solomon Islanders throughout the world, is the official blog for the To'abaita Authority for Research & Development (TARD) student volunteer group that was launched in 2005 by North Malaita university students in Fiji with a goal to pursue community development initiatives and assistance for North Malaita Constituency.

Earlier in the week, a Solomon Islands academic told Radio Australia that the government's decision to formally appoint Julian Moti as Attorney General is disappointing.

Doctor Tarsicius Tara, a research fellow at the Honolulu based East-West Centre in Hawaii says despite the expressions of discontent and the cloud that hangs over the character of Mr Moti, government went ahead with the appointment.

Dr Tara further questions how Mr Moti could refer to those who oppose his appointment as a few disgruntled voices. Doctor Tara says if there was an opinion poll in the country, he believes an overwhelming majority of people would oppose the appointment.

Dr Tara added that reading from a number of web-sites operated by Solomon Islanders, a large number of educated Solomon Islanders are against Mr Moti's appointment.He says there are very good reasons why Solomon Islanders should oppose Mr Moti's appointment.

He says the biggest repercussion this appointment has brought to Solomon Islands is distrust in the government.Dr Tara says one of the reasons why the country had the social unrest in the last couple of years, had been people's increasing distrust for government.

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