Australians in Papua New Guinea 1960-1975, edited by C Spark, S Spark and C Twomey, University of Queensland Press, 2014, 339pp, ISBN: 978 1 9219 0243 7, $38.50
AS I write this, my son is in the Papua New Guinea Highlands working with people new to the country teaching them how to get along with the locals.
As the resources boom develops in PNG this orientation process is becoming a more frequent need.
There are Papua New Guineans who can do the same job but the newcomers seem to feel more comfortable with one of their own. Hopefully that’s an attitude that Luke can help change.
He is one of many Australians who are the children of men and women who were in PNG prior to independence and who are maintaining and continuing the relationship. I sometimes think of him as “Son of Kiap” or “Kiap II: The Sequel”.