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A major symposium on Australia's relations with Papua New Guinea, held in Melbourne on May 27th, was told repeatedly that Australians knew very little about PNG apart from the Kokoda legend and the fact that PNG is one huge mining quarry, according to Radio Australia.
But there should be more to the relationship with the country Australia nurtured to independence in 1975.
One of the people attempting to broaden the knowledge about Papua New Guinea is Professor David Lowe, the director of the Alfred Deakin Research Institute, part of Deakin University.