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    PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

    Papua New Guinea's new Parliament House was officially opened by Prince Charles on August 7.

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    1. TV PAN AND LV The old Parliament buildings (2 shots) 0.16
    2. CU PULL BACK TO LV National Parliament sign 0.23
    3. CU MONO PHOTO Early Legislative Council 0.26
    4. LVs & CU INTERIOR Parliament in session (3 shots) 0.42
    5. GV PAN & LV New Parliament building with mosaic decoration (6 shots) 1.19
    6. CU & LV Wood carvings (5 shots) 1.45
    7. TILT SHOT Ceiling mural 1.59
    8. GV & SV PANS Members' chamber (2 shots) 2.14
    9. GV & LV PAN New Parliament building 2.29
    InitialsASG/BB

    NOTE TO EDITORS: THIS ITEM HAS COMMENTARY BY SEAN DORNEY OF THE AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION WHICH MAY BE USED IF DESIRED.
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    Background: PORT MORESBY, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

    Papua New Guinea's new Parliament House was officially opened by Prince Charles on August 7. The 22 million pound (30 million US dollars) building took four years to build, and government officials say it will become the country's showpiece. It replaces an old, former hospital building which served as a temporary parliament since Papua New Guinea gained its independence from Australia in 1975. The main building of the new parliament is modelled along the lines of a traditional spirit house -- a Sepik Haus Tambaran. The colourful facade has been decorated by students from the country's national arts school, with the central mosaics depicting various aspects of traditional village life. Inside, the members' chamber is built from local timbers, and provides seating for 130 parliamentarians and more than 400 in the public gallery. All in all, the new complex is a lavish project. Some of the country's three million inhabitants have complained of a waste of money when poverty is still such a national problem. However, these complaints were forgotten at the official opening, when nine hundreds guests from eighteen Pacific and Asian countries gathered for the ceremony and an estimated 20,000 local people waited on the parliamentary lawns for a glimpse of Prince Charles as he entered.

    Source: AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION (ABC)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA85P0QY77JTCPNSMVNTBKDYJMN
    Media URN:
    VLVA85P0QY77JTCPNSMVNTBKDYJMN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/08/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:29:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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