• Short Summary

    Prime Minister Gough Whitlam of Australia and Britain's Prince Charles arrived on Port Moresby on Monday (15 September) for Papua New Guinea's independence ceremonies on Tuesday (16 September).

  • Description

    Prime Minister Gough Whitlam of Australia and Britain's Prince Charles arrived on Port Moresby on Monday (15 September) for Papua New Guinea's independence ceremonies on Tuesday (16 September).

    Mr. Whitlam's country has ruled Papua New Guinea for 70 years.

    Both Mr. Whitlam and the Prince were greeted by natives in colourful dress at the airport and welcomed by officials of the new nation.

    The Prince later read from a bible at a church service and chose a quote reminiscent of the ancient philosophy of the divine right of Kings when he said, "Everyone must obey the state authorities because no authority exists without God's permission and the existing authorities have been put there by God". He was quoting from the second lesson from St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans.

    Some have interpreted his choice of this passage as a warning to secessionists who are threatening to divine Papua New Guinea. Bougainville has already declared its own independence and some Papuans resent their inclusion in the new state as well.

    The new nation consists of several islands, including half of New Guinea, and contains 1,000 different tribes, many of whom speak different languages and some of whom still live much as they did thousands of years ago.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2DPWEJ1I71Q8UDPSG3GVX8YL9
    Media URN:
    VLVA2DPWEJ1I71Q8UDPSG3GVX8YL9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/09/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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