AN AUSTRALIAN government minister says raising the quality of policing in Papua New Guinea is critical to making improvements in sectors such as health and education.
The Australian government is considering a PNG government request for additional policing assistance.
There are presently 14 Australian Federal Police working in PNG and Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles, says the government is considering sending more.
He says they won’t be frontline police but will work in an advisory capacity.
Mr Marles, who visited PNG last week, said it’s clear that law and order remains a significant issue in PNG.
“You can make all sorts of advances in the areas of health and education which can then be undermined by a lack of law and order,” he said.
“I think that there is a desire on the part of the PNG government to address this.
“It is something we really welcome and we want to do what we can to help in supporting that and so that is really what is the driving motivation behind this proposal.”
Source: Radio New Zealand International, 25 October