Tongan seasonal worker dies in Australia

A Tongan man has died on a farm while working in Australia on the Federal Government-sanctioned Seasonal Worker Program.

Kalolo Kuea died yesterday while working at the Driscoll berry production company in Tasmania.

His death has shocked the tight-knit Tonga community in the area as well as family and friends around the world.

His niece ‘Amelia Takitaki who is residing in US shared her grief on Facebook.

“My heart aches, and I’m still in shock! My dear uncle, Kalolo Kuea!! May your soul R.I.P! My mom misses you so much! We all do! Still cannot believe that you’re gone! 😭😭😭😭”

The cause of Kuea’s death has yet to be released.

Last year a Tongan man in Queensland died while working as a Seasonal Worker Program employee on a farm in the Bundaberg region.

As we reported at the time, that deceased has become the 14th person to die while working on the controversial scheme.

The death comes just weeks after a special investigation by The Courier-Mail revealed 13 workers had died on the Seasonal Worker Program, with extreme neglect allegedly contributing to a number of deaths and serious injuries.


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