2 Oct 2003

PNG's police minister is calling for immediate police aid from Australia

4:26 pm on 2 October 2003

Papua New Guinea's Police Minister, Bire Kimisopa, has asked Australia to provide broad one-off assistance to help it reform its police force.

Mr Kimisopa said the police faced problems in many areas including posecutions, courts, corruption, white collar crime and had no legislation to stop money laundering.

The minister said it was up to the PNG police force to determine what assistance it needed.

He says assistance would help him address administration issues like the restructuring of the force, wage fixing and employment contracts - things which he says have to be critically looked at and attended to.

Last month both countries agreed in principle that Australia would send a police contingent of around two hundred and public service officials to try and overcome what Canberra called a law and order crisis.

A final decision on that offer is to be made at a joint Ministerial meeting in Adelaide in December.