Australian PM at Kokoda
The Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has made his first official visit to Papua New Guinea. The visit included the Kokoda Trail, where he went to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the New Guinea Campaign in World War 2.
“This morning in Isurava we stood on what was in 1942 the hinge of fate,” Turnbull said.
He said Australia’s freedom was dependent on the courage, endurance, mateship and the sacrifice of Australians and Papua New Guineans who stood together and held back the Japanese advance. “Without their sacrifice we would not be the free nation we are today, nor would PNG be the free nation it is today. “This shared sacrifice, this shared heroism, this endurance, this mateship, this is what kept us free. We honour them, we thank them.” ■
PNG visit ... the Australian Prime Minister, Malcom Turnbull, at Isurava.