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Subject: Student’s mishap not representative of all PNG students

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Date Posted: Tue, Oct 03 2006, 02:20:36pm
In reply to: Enga Student Ya.. 's message, "PNG student on child rape charge" on Wed, Sep 20 2006, 01:18:10pm

Student’s mishap not representative of all PNG students: Maino

President of the PNG Scholars Incorporated (KSI) Macquin Maino in a statement last week said the unfortunate incident involving a Southbank TAFE student was not representative of the behaviour of all PNG students studying in Australia.
“Majority of the students, both self and AusAID-sponsored, were proud Papua New Guineans, who want to do well for their families and country, and are studying and working very hard,” he said.
If anything, Mr Maino said, the incident would only serve to make the PATTAF selection process more stringent, which is understandable.
He, however, said the incident reinforced his earlier call for all PNG students to unite under this main student body – the KSI.
The KSI is the umbrella body for all PNG tertiary student associations throughout Australia.
Mr Maino said he made the call in Brisbane in July this year at the conclusion of the annual KSI convention for all Papua New Guineans studying in tertiary institutions in Australia to come together to collectively address issues of national interest.
“This regrettable incident demonstrates the need to get together on a regular basis and keep a lookout for each other.
“It would also provide us the opportunity to create network with family and friends,” he said.
Mr Maino said it was also regrettable to see the incident reported in the media after coming off a wonderful independence celebration.
Mr Maino said he was confident that PNG Consul Paul Nerau had accorded the affected student the normal consular assistance.


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