Savannah Tkatchenko

Papua New Guinea ’s Foreign Minister Justin Tkachenko has stepped down from his role for now. But elite politics and money in PNG ensure that when attention shifts once more, he will be back. Papua New Guinea (PNG) is probably the most important country in the Pacific backyard for Australia. For years, the border between PNG and Northern Australia was a source of major marijuana trafficking and some human smuggling to northern Australia. Therefore, Australia will always have an interest in what is happening in PNG. The recent news from Papua New Guinea has therefore come as a big surprise to the Australian political class. Australian-born PNG Foreign Minister Justin Tkachenko was forced to step-aside following the social media outrage over his daughter Savannah Tkachenko’s Tik-Tok video. The video, posted by Savannah, showcases a sumptuous dining experience at Singapore Airlines’ first class airport lounge and an “elite” shopping experience with luxury brands at Changi Airport. She travelled with her father to formally represent PNG at May’s coronation of King Charles. The entire trip was funded by taxpayers. What was even more outrageous was the fact that she was not eligible for the trip as funding was only available for the spouse of the representative, not children.

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The recent news from Papua New Guinea has therefore come as a big surprise to the Australian political class. Australian-born PNG Foreign Minister Justin Tkachenko was forced to step-aside following the social media outrage over his daughter Savannah Tkachenko’s Tik-Tok video.

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Mr. Justin Tkatchenko is originally from Melbourne Victoria (Australia) and recruited in early 1990's by the then Member of North East late David Unagi to take charge of UPNG Botanical Gardens that was taken over by NCD in 1993. He did not complete year 12 and according to public information provided to Parliament (bio-data), he completed year 11 certificate at Banyule High School, Melbourne in 1988. Banyule High School has since merged with another nearby high school and formed the Viewbank College in 1994. #BREAKING: Minister for Foreign Affairs Justin Tkatchenko has announced he has stepped down as Minister 24-hours after he said he would not step down. His announcement comes as the country made calls for his sacking and deportation amid comments he made during an interview. Mr Tkatchenko's announcement of his stepping down from office will surely throw the government into disarray as he was in the midst of organising the India-Pacific Leaders meeting and the United States President Joe Biden's historic visit to PNG. The ministry is now left with Prime Minister James Marape. This announcement has been done one week before the important bilateral talks with 14 other leaders. Mr. Speaker. I love this country, the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, and all that this country stands for and the hopes that offers to our people. So, to our Nation, I say to you that I am sorry for any misunderstanding. Papua New Guinea is my home, it is my heart, and is the place where one day I will be laid to rest. … From my heart, I apologies to any of our people who misinterpreted my words which were spoken against those hateful people, in the protection of my daughter.

Foreigner Affairs Minister Justin Tkatchenko Referred to Ombudsman Commission by Papua New Guinea Opposition Team

Foreigner Affairs Minister Justin Tkatchenko Referred to Ombudsman Commission by Papua New Guinea Opposition Team. The SRC Determination is crystal clear in that only the Spouse has legal standing and is recognized under the laws of this country. Any benefits paid to Savannah Tkatchenko by the State for the travel by his daughter Savannah Tkatchenko

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