Gillard and OO’Neill Sign Development Declaration

A joint development declaration was signed by Prime MinistersJulia Gillard and Peter O’Neill.


It lays outthe principles that will under pinthe futher growth betweenthe two countries.


Ausaid commitments includethe redevelopment ofthe Angau memorial hospital in Lae and rehabilitation ofthe highway linking Lae and Madang.

Before heading over to Parliament house Gillard visited Gerehu Market where she was met by Moresby North West MP, Michael Malabag.

WomenlLeaderswalked her throughthe market showing her local produce; bysatnders cheering alongthe way, while her hands got full with gifts from a few fresh produce merchants who were overwhelmed to see her.

Onlookers outsidethe market gates were also excited to seethe Australian Prime Minister.

Atthe Parliament House Manus dancers welcomed Ms Gillard,Inside, she got a glimpse ofthe Parliament&#39’s interior before going to meet Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill.

Belateral discussions were held includingthe initiative by Gillard to make available to Papua New Guineas who visit Australia regularly- multiple five year entry visas.

ther issues onthe agenda werethe construction of a permanent asylum seeker detention centre on Manus which O'Neill is in support andthe increased defence co-operation and enhancing police capacity.

The Joint declaration was signed atthe state function room. It lays outthe principles that will underpin futher growth and diversity betweenthe two nations.

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