AUSTRALIAN MINISTRY OF ISLAND AFFAIRS SHOULD BE RE-ESTABLISHED: FORMER MINISTER

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, July 24) - A recent call on Australia by the Chairman of Papua New Guinea's largest resource company, says Australia should pay more attention to the Pacific by establishing a voice for the region in Cabinet.

The last man to hold the position of Minister of Pacific Island Affairs is now backing up that request.

Gordon Bilney, who was the minister until the post was abolished in 1996, agrees with Trevor Kennedy, Chairman of Oil Search, that Pacific issues need much more attention from Canberra.

The best way to do this, Bilney says, would be to reinstitute the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs.

July 25, 2003

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