In Papua New Guinea, restrictions on beer drinking have been lifted by the government just as appeals for economy in the use of petrol were made.
GV PAN Koki Point, Port Moresby
SV Man looking into beat cooler
SV & GV People buy beer at supermarket (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM Beer sign TO outside bar counter
SV Man buying case of beer at counter
SV Policeman on point duty
GV People at open air bar
SV People drinking from bottles at table outside
SV People drinking at table inside
SV TRACKING SHOT Near people at bar outside
SV ZOOM INTO Bottle of beer on table
CU Glasses of beer ZOOM OUT TO customers drinking
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Background: In Papua New Guinea, restrictions on beer drinking have been lifted by the government just as appeals for economy in the use of petrol were made.
The ban on alcohol sales was introduced for the first week of the country's internal self-government -- a prelude to full independence from Australia which is expected within two years. It had been feared that there could have been tribal disturbances under independence so public celebrations and the sale of alcohol were banned.
In the event, although all police and Army leave had been cancelled, there were no major incidents.
To get over the alcohol ban, many people bought supplies from the supermarkets to tide them over the "dry" period. Now the bars are open again and independence can be toasted.
However, the ending of this coincided with another shortage, this time one that's been hitting most of the world. Papua New Guinea's petrol supplies from abroad have been cut by 20 per cent and the new government is having to appeal for economy.