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14 January 2014

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This comment was prompted by the fact that Australia/PNG relationships seem to have been ignored in the Australian National Curriculum, with "Asia/Pacific" being all about Asia, with virtually no mention of the Pacific or PNG.

This is even though Australia's longest (and most bloody) involvement in history has been with Papua New Guinea, only 3 kms away from far north Queensland.

PNG is even represented on the Australian flag - check the stars. In fact Fiji seems to have greater coverage in the curriculum.

Ahh! Keith, you know how to stir up the old grey matter.

I sent submissions to the previous curriculum review drawing their attention to the shared history between our closet neighbour, PNG. No response or interest.

I raised the teaching of Tok Pisin in schools as opposed to languages in nations far away. Eventually the issue was flicked to the previous government's Qld Education DG who suggested I offer to run a course at the local High School if they wanted me to.

Let's hope we might get a better response with this current review.

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