Jobs Events Advertise Newsletter

Albanese to walk Kokoda Track ahead of Anzac Day

Andrew Brown -

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will walk the Kokoda Track ahead of Anzac Day commemorations during a visit to Papua New Guinea.

Mr Albanese will walk the track alongside Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape, before taking part in a dawn service.

The trip, more than 80 years after troops fought along the rugged track to defend against a Japanese invasion, comes as Australia seeks closer ties with its closest neighbour.

The prime minister said the visit would honour the sacrifice of Australians who fought in the campaign.

"This year on Anzac Day I will be in Isurava on the Kokoda Track ... taking the opportunity to show my respect to the remarkable effort to protect our nation at one of its darkest hours," he said in a speech in Sydney on Friday.

"We will gather in the peace that is the gift to us from generations of Australians who have taken up arms in our name.

"We will gather to remember all who have served and all who serve now, we will remember all who lost their lives, all who survived and came home."

Mr Albanese is set to be the first sitting prime minister to walk the famous track.

Kevin Rudd walked the Kokoda Track in 2006 while he was opposition leader as part of an appearance on Seven's Sunrise program, while former prime minister Scott Morrison also hiked the track in 2009 during his time as a backbench MP.

The visit to Papua New Guinea comes after Mr Albanese became the first Australian leader to address that country's parliament.

Mr Marape also gave a speech to federal parliament in February.

Andrew Brown - AAP

   Related   

New Caledonia starting to calm after nights of strife
French police reinforcements have begun arriving in New Caledonia in a massive...
Supreme Court sets date for strip search class action against NSW police
The New South Wales Supreme Court has set a date for the strip search class acti...
Dechlan Brennan 18 May 2024
Māori masters graduate finds home in urban planning
Arizona Haddon, a recent Masters graduate in Urban Planning from the University...
Joseph Guenzler 17 May 2024

   Andrew Brown   

Souths hope to turn season around in Wighton's 250th
South Sydney claim to be unfussed by the ongoing Wayne Bennett transfer saga as...
Jacob Shteyman 18 May 2024
Hawks ready to take on Power test: ex-Port man Amon
Facing former club Port Adelaide isn't as big a deal for Karl Amon this year. T...
Anna Harrington 18 May 2024
New Caledonia starting to calm after nights of strife
French police reinforcements have begun arriving in New Caledonia in a massive...
Video emerges of the moment William Crowther statue is toppled
Video has emerged of Hobart’s William Crowther statue being cut down from its fo...
Callan Morse 17 May 2024