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January 22, 2021

Abbott In PNG

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And from the PNG perspective, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has told Australia, that resettlement will only take place after a legislative frame work is passed on the floor of parliament.

Mr Abbott’s day began with a guard of honour at parliament house.


This is the first trip for Mr Abott to PNG as Australian Prime Minister. But Mr Abott is not new to the country.


He visited PNG twice before, as a student in 1980, and later as a journalist in 1988. 


He met Governor General, Sir Michael Ogio, at government house, before returning to parliament, to continue bilateral talks with counterpart Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill.


A large Australian business contingent was part of the delegation, included the likes of Rugby League icon, Petero Civoniceva.


In a closed door meeting with PNG’s cabinet ministers, discussions were frank and said to be fruitful. They talked on trade and the Manus processing centre, and then, the signing of the exchange of notes on economic cooperation treaty, between both Prime Ministers.


Mr Abbot expressed gratitude to the PNG government, stating that the Manus Issue was a sensitive one.


It has been found that a great number of refugees are economic refugees, and not genuine refugees.


The Visa Issue was also a question directed to Mr Abbott.


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