6 Mar 2008

Papua New Guinea indicates it would welcome Australian police on its streets

11:20 am on 6 March 2008

Papua New Guinea has indicated it would welcome Australian police back on its streets to help tackle law and order issues.

The issue is set to be revived during a visit to PNG by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, starting today.

PNG's Internal Security Minister, Sani Rambi, says he supports a new influx of Australian police under a revamped ECP or Enhanced Cooperation Program police initiative between the two countries.

The sensitive topic is expected to be discussed in Port Moresby during Mr Rudd's first bilateral mission to PNG.

Mr Rudd's talks with counterpart Sir Michael Somare and other dignitaries will cover climate change initiatives, the Kokoda Track and the viability of a seasonal migrant workers scheme in Australia.

But PNG opposition leader Mekere Morauta, who will briefly meet Mr Rudd todays said the both leaders must tackle tougher topics.

He says it is common knowledge that corruption in the public sector has thrived in recent years.