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Lack of funds from PNG Government jeopardising Rabaul Queen disaster inquiry

Radio New Zealand

A lack of funds is jeopardising the inquiry into the sinking of the Papua New Guinea ferry the MV Rabaul Queen.

More than 300 people, many of them students, are estimated to have died when the ship sank on February the 2nd but officials have not been able to confirm that number.

Plans for an inquiry were announced within days of the sinking, with an Australian commissioner and assisting counsel appointed, and their budget calculated at about six million dollars.

However no funds have been allocated to the commission and our correspondent in Lae, Oseah Philemon, says local media suggest that could stop the inquiry going ahead.

“It just said that the people in the inquiry are concerned that there has been no money made available for the inquiry to commence hearings and that if money does not come quickly enough, possibly, this week then they would all give up and go home.”

  1. March 12, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Was this ferry similar to the small ships that go from Lae to Siasi each week? In 2004, I took one of those ships to go to Umboi (Siasi) to search for the nocturnal flying creature that they call “ropen.”

  2. sorboh
    March 13, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    It’s an issue of national interest. The govt not allocating funds is a lame excuse, it has been going on a spending spree in recent weeks, giving cheques here and there. And to not have funds to properly investigate the worse maritime disaster ever to happen on our shore is a big let down for especially those who are still mourning for their loved ones. We all want to know what really transpired, we want justice done.

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