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25 August 2010


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Previously published material detailed the parlous state of TPNG defences in 1939, notwithstanding the desperate requests from the local Administration.

At the start of the war, there was reportedly only one field piece in Moresby set up on Taurama Hill and that had never been fired and had only six rounds of ammunition.

The local Army units also reportedly only had enough small arms ammunition for 10 minutes of rapid fire (i.e. hot action).

Perhaps the issues of the 1940 hung parliament in Australia did indeed occupy more of the government's attention than other seemingly less pressing matters?

Hopefully there won't be any parallels with the current Australian hung parliament and the attention the eventual government gives to today's PNG.

Reported comments before the recent election by the coalition's Deputy Leader about relations with PNG are encouraging but need to be followed up.

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