THE LATEST PNG Attitude e-magazine, distributed to
subscribers yesterday, highlighted the significance of Kevin Rudd’s delay in
appointing new Parliamentary Secretaries for
The view was offered that these tasks may revert to be part of the main Foreign Affairs portfolio.
PNG Attitude has since gained a further insight into this important issue for PNG.
We have been tipped off that that Kevin Rudd’s second
favourite academic, Ross Garnaut, and former PNG prime minister, Rabbie Namaliu,
a man of great integrity, have been commissioned to prepare a report on the
While this secret report is prepared, considered and given some petrol to run on, the Pacific Island Affairs position has been allowed to lapse.
We have no details of the terms of reference of the Garnaut-Namaliu study, other than that its intention is to set future policy.
But this unusual development must be sending a clear
signal to PNG that warm words and fine sentiments are no longer good enough
The relationship - fractured while the Howard government was in office - was quickly repaired by Rudd and Duncan Kerr when Labor won government in 2007.
But, since then, in terms of expectations of effective and
ethical national governance, aid deployment and other issues, PNG has been
It was only a matter of time before the Australian government, tiring of the antics of its northern neighbour, responded to this.
PNG’s serious governance problems and last year’s bolshie
With profound political change looming in PNG, it seems Mr Rudd is doing some deep thinking. If he is, it’s not a moment too soon.