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Albanese pays respect to Chief Sir Michael

The visit took place on the second day of his two-day visit to Papua New Guinea; the first for any Australian Prime Minister in over four years.

Both prime ministers were received by the Somare family into their home where respects were paid by the leaders to a great man and leader in Sir Michael.

Following the visit to the Somare residence, the delegation laid wreaths and paid respects at Mission Hill Boys Town.

The Mission Hill was the site of the Japanese 18th Army headquarters. It saw heavy fighting in May 1945.

Aust invests more in PNG

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese confirmed when addressing Parliament today; stating that this is more than they have invested in India, Indonesia or Malaysia.

He said Australia will support PNG in the downstream processing policy driven by the Marape-Rosso Government.

PM Albanese said Australia understood that PNG is eager to expand its exports of more processed goods and varied agricultural products and these are areas where Australian business community can play a key role.

PNG leaders called to defend democracy

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said when addressing the Parliament today, he encouraged Papua New Guinea leaders that they all have a part to play, in realizing that vision.
PM Albanese called on leaders to defend the democracy in which they serve at all time.
He said to fulfil that duty, “All leaders must start by demonstrating the value of this place and the ideals it is built on and by proving that the system we belong to has the power to change people’s lives for the better.”

Australian PM’s visit deferred

Prime Minister Hon. James Marape received news that his counterpart Anthony Albanese will not be able to come to Papua New Guinea from the 12 and 13 December as planned.

Prime Minister Marape said PM Albanese has tested positive for COVID and is currently isolating therefore his planned visit has now been rescheduled to 2023.

He wishes for a full recovery for the Australian Prime Minister and looks forward to his visit early next year.

The visit would have seen both nations approach the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations following PNG’s independence in 1975.

Turnbull thanks PNGeans

Turnbull visited Isurava Memorial Site in Northern Province and Bomana War Cemetery in Port Moresby during his state visit to Papua New Guinea, speaking highly of the comradeship. 

“Australia freedom depends on courage, endurance, mateship and sacrifice of those Australians and Papua New Guineans who stood together and held back the Japanese advancement,” Turnbull said yesterday.

“Three times the Japanese tried to take Port Moresby, rebuffed the battle of the Coral Sea and held back at Kokoda Track, rebuffed again, and defeated at the battle of Milne Bay.

Australian Prime Minister touches down in Port Moresby

The Royal Australian Airforce transporting Prime Minister Turnbull and his delegation touched down at 8:02 pm.

At 8:16 pm Turnbull descended from the aircraft escorted by Chief Protocol Officer Morea Veratau. Turnbull was met by Foreign Affairs Minister, Rimbink Pato, Minister for Sports, Special Events and APEC, Justin Tkatchenko, NCD Governor Powes Parkop and Chief Secretary, Isaac Lupari.

It was only a brief meet before Turnbull was taken away.

Tomorrow, the Australian Prime Minister will visit the Isurava Memorial Site in Northern Province.