|Issue No 101||06 July 2001|
PNG Howard Should Speak Out
The Howard Government has been condemned for its silence on the slaying of seven Papuan New Guinean students, shot by police at an anti-privatisation rally last week.
A group of students from the University of PNG addressed the Labor Council of NSW, outlining the events that led up to the violence.
One of the students, who does not want to be named, told delegates the students had been protesting plans by the IMF and World Bank to privatize the bulk of the nation's government authorities and infrastructure.
Under the plans, the entire national infrastructure, including electricity supply, would be owned by foreign multinational corporations.
Labor Council secretary John Robertson says the silence of the Howard Government in the face of the killings has been "deafening". "The issue is right on our doorstep, but there has been an inappropriately subdued response."
The Labor Council has resolved to send a delegation to visit the PNG High Commissioner to advise of their concerns and call upon the PNG Government to allow democratic and discussion on the future of Government assets and guarantee the safety of students and trade unionists seeking to express their views.
A rally in support of the PNG students is being held in martin Place, Noon, Sunday July 8.
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