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Mineral boom but PNG fails on Millenium goals

Mon, 30 May 2011 11:16:00 +1000

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.

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Professor David Lowe (left), Dr Thomas Webster and Richard Marles
Professor David Lowe (left), Dr Thomas Webster and Richard Marles, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs.
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  • One of the things that came out was just how many opportunities there were in the private sector, anticipating this growth, anticipating a stronger governance that we hope might emerge in PNG in the wake of forthcoming elections and in the wake of the tremendous interest in the economic growth occurring.

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