Senator Macdonald will this weekend head to Papua New Guinea to lead a Parliamentary Delegation to that country.
Papua New Guinea is of particular importance to Australia as its nearest neighbour, and of course lies about five kilometres north of the most northern tip of Queensland.
Trade, sporting, cultural and government interaction are very important for both PNG and Queensland in particular.
Senator Macdonald said it was important that PNG continues the growth of its strong Parliamentary democracy.
“Regular interaction between parliamentarians of both countries helps further the growth of the parliamentary democracy in PNG and also alerts Australian politicians to the issues which are of importance to both countries,” Senator Macdonald said.
“For my part, I want to continue to promote trade and sporting links between Townsville, Cairns and PNG which are already strong – and getting stronger!”
This is the second parliamentary delegation Senator Macdonald has lead to PNG in the last two years, and furthers his strong interest in the North and Australia’s near- northern neighbours.
The Delegation has a busy round of engagements with Government and Parliamentary leaders in Port Moresby, with meetings arranged for those in PNG involved in trade, commerce and social services.
The Delegation will also visit Mont Hagan and Boroko, talking with local industry and service providers, including health professionals.
It will also look at arrangements for next year’s major world conference in PNG, when APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) comes to town.
A visit to the beautiful and moving Bomana War Cemetary to pay respects is also on the agenda.