By JEFFREY ELAPA
MORE than 100 Papua New Guineans, on their way to petition the Australian government to recognise them as its citizens early this week, were stopped by Australian customs in the Torres Strait and were due to be taken to Thursday Island yesterday, The National reports.
He said the group of 119 set out from PNG in boats earlier this week, saying they were heading to
“Frankly, this is a waste of a lot of people’s time, customs on the water and
“Immigration officials have much better things to do than dealing with this sort of prank that the group is pulling.”
PNG national security sources said the people, believed to be from Western, Gulf and Central, travelled on seven boats to petition the
Sources said a woman, Lorna Ray from Hanuabada village in NCD, was among the first to be picked up by Australian customs while others were rounded at Sigabaduru and Mabudawan, near
Leader of the group, Jonathan Baure, was among the boat people and was understood to have presented their petition to authorities on
The group is claiming and pressing for Australian government recognition as citizens.
The Australian High Commission said it was aware of a group seeking travel clearance to travel to
It said individuals who attempted to enter