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Alpers, Philip. 2015 ‘Australia Stocked Pacific Armouries.’ The Pacific Region Lives Up to its Name with Disarming Success. Melbourne: The Conversation. 26 February

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Australia Stocked Pacific Armouries

Decades ago Australia stocked the state armouries of newly independent Papua New Guinea with many thousands of assault rifles and handguns.

Later, Canberra was dismayed to learn that three-quarters of the country's police and military firearms were no longer on the books.

By then, from the PNG Highlands to Bougainville, from the Solomon Islands to Fiji, guns given to governments had fuelled a string of military coups and mutinies, tribal and ethnic violence, rising armed crime and gun homicide…

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