AAP and the Melbourne Age today report that the Australian
Government will investigate how the work of Kiaps in pre-Independence PNG can
"The meeting [yesterday] went very well and it’s with government now,” the unnamed spokesman said. “We are considering how the recognition should happen.”
AAP also quotes Kiaps’ spokesman Chris Viner-Smith as saying the Kiap recognition campaign fell on deaf ears during former Australian prime minister John Howard's rule but now looks like being realised after six years campaigning.
Mr Gridneff writes that the Australian government wants to officially recognise the pioneering work of the Australian patrol officers who brought modernity and development to PNG before Independence.
Keith Jackson told AAP that Monday's talks in Canberra were
positive, with the government recognising
the Kiaps’ bid to highlight what has become a forgotten part of
Keith Jackson told AAP that Monday's talks in Canberra were positive, with the government recognising the Kiaps’ bid to highlight what has become a forgotten part of Australian history.
“The goodwill is there, the first chunk
of the battle has been won,”
“It's a bit tricky because Kiaps don't fit into any specific group. So the government needs to work out what form the recognition should take, like a medal or certificate.”
Jackson said 500-1,000 people along with widows would be eligible under
their proposal to acknowledge ground-breaking work carried out in the
Australian administered former Territory.