27 May 2011

PNG government says having an office in Brisbane an advantage

1:43 pm on 27 May 2011

The Papua New Guinea Government is defending its Independent Public Business Corporation having an office in Brisbane.

It says it saves the PNG taxpayer money and is a convenient location for important National Government meetings.

The minister for public enterprises, Arthur Somare, was taking exception to criticism from the opposition of the office.

He says the cost of maintaining an office in Brisbane is about the third of the equivalent space in Port Moresby.

And he says the Brisbane office has helped the government to make significant savings as a convenient location for PNG meetings over the liquidified natural gas project for the meetings with the Australian and Queensland governments.