Anzac Day visit to Papua New Guinea

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On Anzac Day, we remember those who have served our nation in times of war, conflict, peace and humanitarian operations, including in Australia’s nearest neighbour Papua New Guinea.

On Tuesday, I will attend Anzac Day commemorations at the Bomana War Cemetery near Port Moresby and along the Kokoda Track, to reflect on Australia and Papua New Guinea’s deep historical connections.

The battles in Papua New Guinea in the Second World War were vital to the defence of Australia. The Kokoda Track bore witness to some of the most desperate and vicious fighting ever encountered by Australian troops.

The people of Papua New Guinea suffered greatly as war tore through their homeland. We remember the Papuan Infantry Battalion soldiers who served alongside Australians and the Papuans who risked their lives to carry our wounded to safety.

More than 3,300 Australian service personnel are buried at the Bomana War Cemetery, alongside 40 members of the 1st Papuan Infantry Battalion who fought with them. No other war cemetery in the world has more Australian war dead.

We hold in our hearts the families and friends who have suffered the loss of a loved one in the service of our nation.

As well as reflecting on our shared history, I will meet with ministerial counterparts to discuss our future on key issues of mutual interest, furthering our close bilateral relationship.

While in Papua New Guinea, I will also mark the commencement of construction of a new health centre supported by Australia and PNG partners in Port Moresby.

Australia is deeply committed to working in partnership with the Pacific family to achieve our shared vision of a peaceful, prosperous and resilient region.

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