PNG’s Heather ends 17 years of UK shame

Security consultancy opens Moresby office

DRUM CUSSAC, the international business risk consultancy, is expanding its presence in Asia Pacific with the opening of an office in Port Moresby in addition to the company’s existing Asia Pacific base in Singapore.

Drum Cussac is recognised for its expertise in providing risk mitigation to international companies, government agencies and private clients.

The company says its new office “will help address the growing risks faced by the oil and extractive industries in the region”.

It will provide clients with “ground-based intelligence, risk management, secure transportation and meet and greet services”.

“PNG is a challenging work environment with numerous difficulties posed through a complex mix of tribal and societal factors,”said Tudor Ellis, Drum Cussac chief operating officer.

“[We] provide embedded security managers … to assist in the protection of personnel, assets and reputation."

Drum Cussac says its core business aim “is to deliver peace of mind by offering an innovative, expert, discreet and comprehensive service.”

Source Drum Cussac


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Francis Hualupmomi

PNG should control and monitor external security firms operating in the country. Unless this is done we will expect another Middle East type geostrategic crisis.

Harry Topham

Gold rush fever is like any other malady- first we have the symptoms of euphoria and light headedness followed by a long extended hangover.

Resource boom projects like the LNG project seem to suffer the same symptoms, however the malady is slightly more insidious as new actors enter vieing to audition for starring roles as spivs and carpetbaggers in the play even if the roles available are only as bit players endeavoring to suckle the teats of the new cash cow.

George Santayana the philosopher, essayist poet and novelist wrote:

“Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

This famous statement has produced many paraphrases and variants:

-- Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

-- Those who do not remember their past are condemned to repeat their mistakes.

--Those who do not read history are doomed to repeat it.

-- Those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them.

-- Those who do not know history's mistakes are doomed to repeat them.

The precedents in history as it relates to PNG are well known: the Bougainville, Mt Kare and timber logging debacles have all highlighted the shortsightedness induced by the euphoria of resource booms.

Several years ago I read a very interesting publication relating to the original development plan produced by CRA for the development of Panguna mine.

Written more along the lines of a war plan, every contingency for infrastructure development was covered but the report was flawed in that it did not plan for the unforeseeable human relations factors that could arise from the inevitable culture clash as it overlooked the social changes affecting the key stakeholders; the Bougainville people themselves.

It would now seem that the cargo cult mentality arising from the latest LNG resource boom is no different to previous Eldorado’s and the mistakes of the past have also been forgotten as the gas fever spreads throughout the nation.

In the mid 1860's a newspaper columnist writing of the gold mines of Braidwood, NSW, commented on the behaviour of the police at that time:

"Before I conclude, I would mention that several cases of petty tyranny in the discharge of police duty have reached my ears.

"A person named Gilmore, formerly, an auctioneer at Yass, was a day or two since dragged from under his cart at Bell's Creek, and, after being handcuffed, was escorted over to Major's Creek, on a charge of drunkenness.

"He was confined by being tied down all night, and then liberated in the morning.

"Another man, one Nowlon, was taken in charge, without any cause, and, after being dragged some distance, was let go by the police,

"If the arrest was legal, the liberation was illegal as the police have no power of liberating the prisoner without first bringing him before a Justice of the Peace.

"I will keep a strict watch over the doings of these illegal functionaries"

It would be reassuring to know that the watchdogs of democracy in PNG exercise the same diligence shown by that intrepid reporter at that time.

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