PAPUA New Guinean border crossers were involved in abducting an Australian woman at gunpoint in the
PNG nationals, who are believed to be traditional border crossers, were also accused of crossing into the Saibai and Badu islands in the
They were also accused of moving in and occupying 30 of the new 100 homes built on
The claims were made in a senate inquiry into matters affecting Torres Strait islanders on Thursday Island early last week and then heard further reports in
Concerned about the reports, PNG’s consul-general in Brisbane Paul Nerau told The National he would make it a priority to visit
Torres shire mayor Pedero Stephen told the inquiry police response times were too slow because of travel times from their base on
The five-man senate inquiry heard that the islands were vulnerable to border-hoppers from PNG, unresolved crimes and foreign diseases.
Reports in the past also pointed to drug-smuggling and gun-running between PNG and the
A 1985 Torres Strait treaty between PNG and
Mr Nerau said the problem could be associated with lack of services on the PNG side of the border, but he would have to visit the area before making recommendations.