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Australian High Commissioner Doborah Stokes visits Duban

Australian High Commissioner to PNG Deborah Stokes has paid a courtesy visit to Police Minister Nixon Duban.

Stokes was accompanied by Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Allan Scott to Parliament House last Friday.

Both briefed Mr. Duban on the progress of work carried out by the Australian Federal Police in the country, and other policing duties which the Australian Government would be helping PNG on. 

Stokes says the Australian police were carrying out their duties effectively and were helping to improve the moral of the force. 

She says they will continue to work in their key positions with the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary as Law and justice is a priority area of the Australian Government support to PNG. 

The number of AFP officers in the country is 73 after an additional 50 were brought in recently. 

Minister Duban thanked both for the briefing and what the AFP have done. 

However, the minister says he is yet to settle into office after his by-election victory and will discuss with them again as there were important issues regarding the work of AFP alongside their PNG counter parts relating to laws of this country.

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