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28 November 2012

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O'Neill gave a good performance at the National Press Club. He was generally positive about PNG's future and PNG-Australian relationships.

He answered questions politely and informatively, and was a marked contrast to the usual evasive and diversionary tactics used by most Australian politicians.

He responded with humour to a question about Ross Garnaut, explaining that the context concerned PNG lack of involvement in the Sustainable Development Fund and lack of real progress on using the fund to promote local and national development, feeling that Garnaut's comments were condescending and dismissive of PNG politicians.

He also spoke well about working with Australia to target AusAID funds to fewer but more specific targets which can produce measurable results - such as improving the badly decaying infrastructure of Universities and Hospitals, and providing more trained professionals to ensure they are run effectively.

The event was also marked by some (mostly) intelligent and knowledgeable questions from the Australian journos; which makes a refreshing change.

All-in-all a creditable performance by Mr O'Neill.

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