SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG

LEADER OF THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY IN THE SENATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

PAT CONROY MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND THE PACIFIC

SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR DEFENCE

MEMBER FOR SHORTLAND

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

12 December 2019

BOUGAINVILLE REFERENDUM RESULT

Labor commends the people of Bougainville and the institutions and officials who organised the referendum for ensuring a safe and peaceful vote.

We acknowledge that the people of Bougainville have overwhelmingly voted for independence.

It is now for the Governments of Papua New Guinea and Bougainville to engage in discussions on the next steps.

Labor encourages all parties to continue to work collaboratively in ways which reinforce peace and build consensus and trust.

We encourage the Morrison Government to offer support from Australia for the next stages of these processes.

Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.