24 Oct 2011

New Australia/PNG police plan mooted

5:55 am on 24 October 2011

More Australian police could be sent to Papua New Guinea, under a plan to boost the country's police force.

Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles, says PNG raised the issue of policing during this year's ministerial forum between the two nations in Canberra.

Australia currently has 14 Australian Federal Police members in PNG working with the Papua New Guinea police in a mentoring and support role, as well as one police liaison at the High Commission.

Mr Marles says a review is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Australia's last law and order mission to PNG ended in mid 2005, when 150 Australian police were withdrawn when their legal immunity was ruled invalid by the PNG Supreme Court.