21 Oct 2004

PNG says Australian police have had psychological impact

8:29 am on 21 October 2004

The Papua New Guinea Foreign Minister Sir Rabbie Namaliu says the arrival of Australian police in the country has had a psychological impact.

The Enhanced Co-operation Programme, which will eventually see more than 200 Australian police and dozens of government officials sent to Papua New Guinea, began early last month, with officers sent to Bougainville.

A handful of Australian public servants have also been working in Government departments for some months, while Papua New Guineans have been sent to Australia for graduate level training.

Sir Rabbie says the programme has had an impact on the people of PNG.

"I think if you ask the community, generally, whether there is an impact, yeah there is that psychological impact, and therefore it is beginning to restore the level of confidence in the community."