11 Nov 2009

Inquiry into riots in PNG is still waiting for full funding

10:59 am on 11 November 2009

The head of a public inquiry into last the May riots in Papua New Guinea says it's still waiting for full funding.

The Chinese targetted protests were followed by ransacking of Chinese-owned stores first in Port Moresby, closely followed by Lae, and then in the Highlands, causing at least three deaths.

A cross section of the community is to speak before the committee that's to find out what triggered the riots and how to prevent them in future.

MP Jamie Maxtone-Graham says they have so far only enough funding to interview Port Moresby's public.

"We did receive some funding, 120 000 kina, and we've begun our inquiry in Port Moresby. We need three million to go out into the provinces, so hopefully we'll get some funding to go out into the provinces."

Jamie Maxtone-Graham it's important to interview communities across the country about the causes for the riot.

The committee is expected to conclude its interviews in the capital in a fortnight.