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ABC news: PNG releases funds for ferry disaster inquiry

More than a month after a ferry disaster claimed more than 100 lives, the Papua New Guinea government has released funds for an inquiry.

Prime minister Peter O’Neill immediately announced a commission of inquiry would investigate after the Rabaul Queen sank in heavy seas off Lae in February.

Australian judge Warwick Andrew was appointed chairman and travelled to PNG at his own expense but left when no funding was forthcoming.

The government now says it has released $1.4 million for the inquiry and another $4 million will be provided shortly.

A commission spokesman says they will soon announce when hearings will be held at the four ports along the ferry’s route.

He says they are also at looking at hiring a submersible robot to examine the wreck on the sea floor.

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