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PNG visaPNG PRIME MINISTER Peter O'Neill has threatened to withdraw the visa on arrival arrangements it has with Australia unless visa rights are reciprocated.

Speaking in parliament, Mr O'Neill said he is disappointed with how long it takes Papua New Guineans to get an Australian visa.

He says he is also upset with reports about inconvenient questions being asked by the Australian High Commission during the application process.

"This visa on arrival business for all Australians will be withdrawn by the following year if we don't get a similar arrangement with them," Mr O'Neill said.

"They all can go and apply for a visa in Australia so that they can come.

"We don't want to inconvenience the travelling public, but on principle sometimes these decisions have to be taken."

In May Mr O'Neill told then-prime minister Julia Gillard that easier visa access for his citizens will go a long way in improving relations between PNG and Australia.

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Trevor Shelley (Snr)

If this action was carried through, what would it gain. Just an impost that the struggling tourist industry can do without.

Even though there are difficulties in getting an Aussie visa, a lot of people do as Australia has many, many PNG people wandering around everywhere.

And I believe that there are health reasons that cause the extra scrutiny.

Frank K Daosak

Yes PM, we have heard all that before by successive governments. When will all these so called threats and talking stop and some actual action take place?

Why is it easier for Papua New Guineans to go to USA, Singapore, Japan and UK easily and not Australia?

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