Aus­tralian PM at Kokoda

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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.

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