Abbott Tours Port Moresby

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott toured parts of the city today.

One of his stops was the Curtain Brothers Dock yard. Mr Abbot said Papua New Guineans and Australians should be proud that such a sophisticated facility is available for business.

He labeled the Curtain brothers engineering and construction business a flagship operation, the kind of business co-operation both nations should aspire to.

Curtain brothers have been operating in the country for over four decades now.

Their Dockyard located here at Motukea is about a ten minute drive from the LNG plant site.

The port is a strategic one for Australia, and even more significant because the owners have Australian heritage.

It’s ideally located in the North West of Port Moresby’s Fairfax harbour, on Motukea Island:  an area of 106 hectares.

Mr Abbot was shown around by Sir Michael curtain, who came with the Australian business delegation.

Impressed by what he saw, Mr Abbot said the establishment is a sign of what can be done by Australian business in PNG.

Papua New Guineans make up a good number of the workforce. Including three females; Alfreda Darcy a welder, is one of them.

Meanwhile the media had an onslaught of questions on the Manus Assylum seeker issue.  The inquiry by Judge Justice David Cannings has been halted. 

Mr Abbott said he had not discussed the Matter with his counterpart, that it was an independent inquiry by the judge.

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