JUST BEFORE HEADING OFF on some well deserved leave yesterday, Australia’s high commissioner to Papua New Guinea Ian Kemish had one last piece of urgent business to attend to.
Frenzied mainstream and social media comment in PNG was suggesting that Australia and PNG had agreed to appoint Australian advisers to each of the country’s 89 districts.
It was reported that the plan was hatched at last week’s bilateral ministerial forum in Port Moresby.
And it even reached the point where these purported advisers were being referred to in terms of “the return of the kiaps”.
Yesterday Ian Kemish was forced to step in to say the stories were fictional.
He said there would be no blanket rollout of advisers.
But there had been a lot of colour and movement in the rumour, especially on Twitter, before it was finally despatched.