BY BERNARD OBERLEUTER
HERE’S AN IMPORTANT ISSUE for the hundreds of Papuans and New Guineans living in Australia and other parts of the world. Why has there never been any consideration given from our country of birth regarding dual citizenship.
Australia was our administrator, and did not allow dual citizenship any recognition. Why?
We consider it our birthright to visit traditional lands, homelands, attend the gravesites of our ancestors, engage in our tradition and culture, and work in partnership with people from our villages and provinces.
We all have brothers, sisters, mums, dads and extended families who live in PNG; often living in fear and under very extreme conditions and hardship.
We miss our buai and daka (betel nut) , our root crops, vegetables and green leafy cabbages, taro, yam, manyota (tapioca), saksak (sago), varieties of eating bananas.
Which bring me to another point of concern, we do not see a lot of imports of our eating and cooking bananas and other vegetable varieties. In Australia, very little is known of PNG produce... olsem women? ... can't we import these foods to Australia for our consumption? We are fortunate, to kaikai the buai, but that's about the extent of PNG produce.
Let us speak with one voice. Please raise your concerns through PNG Attitude, so that we living overseas may make it known that our remittance to our families back home do help to contribute in a small way toward the PNG economy.
We have to address corruption, law and order, education, health, housing, infrastructure and youth development if we are to see the country move forward.
We must educate the population through massive awareness through advertising, radio and television with resonating slogans like Votim gutpela man na meri long 2012 eleksin ['Vote for competent people in the 2012 election'] or Sapotim yu ol mama, papa, susa, brata na olgeta pikinini na bubus ['Give your support, you mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers and all you children and elders']
Stap isi olgeta wantok ... [Take it easy friends]