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Peter Kranz

Speaking of democracy in danger, do you realise that the Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison is an Assemblies of God member?

His church - Shirelive - believes in the literal interpretation of every word in the Bible, the power of divine healing and speaking in tongues.

Better put an electric fence around the traditional artworks at Parliament House.

Peter Warwick

"....part of a campaign to get prime minister Peter O'Neill to reign".

I thought he was doing that already. (No need to correct KJ.)

Well spotted on both counts, Peter. But no typo must be allowed to reign - KJ

Peter Kranz

Corruption in Australia's visa processing.

The Fairfax Media-7.30 investigation includes interviews with two whistleblowers, and a covertly filmed sting, which captures a fixer saying that for $50,000 in cash per foreigner, his syndicate can create phantom jobs and visa sponsorship.

The revelations suggest corruption infects every level of the visa supply chain – migration agents, employers who sponsor workers, education providers and immigration officials. There is little effective deterrence for perpetrators.

Crime syndicates and people smugglers are involved in widespread rorting of Australia's work and student visa programs, according to whistleblowers and a former top immigration official.

The claims come as the Australian Border Force is facing more than 100 allegations of corruption, including suggestions that some immigration officers may be supporting the rorting, a Fairfax Media and ABC 7.30 investigation can reveal.

Border Force chief Michael Pezzullo has referred 132 cases of alleged corruption involving immigration officers to the under-resourced federal law enforcement watchdog in the past 12 months, more referrals than the watchdog has received in any year since its creation in 2006.

In a follow-up report on Tuesday, Fairfax and 7.30 will reveal how organised criminals are infiltrating the border security system, along with claims that the existing watchdog, the small Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity, is badly outgunned.

Philip Fitzpatrick

The students are playing into O'Neill's hands. They've just destroyed all the gains they've made as well as their credibility. Poor old PNG, there goes their last chance, my heart weeps.

Philip Fitzpatrick

There's a good editorial in today's Sydney Morning Herald making exactly the same points about Manus & PNG governance many of us have been making for weeks now - it's almost as if it was pulled off the PNG Attitude blog.

Peter Kranz

Nauru confirms that approval from Australia is required to visit the detention centre. Is the same true for Manus? It seems so. PNG doesn't charge $8,000 for a visa like Nauru, it just conveniently loses things in the post.

The myth of sovereignty busted.

Lindsay F Bond

Democracy notebook has much of benefit for readers seeking current status of emergence in PNG politics. More access and speedier might be useful to newer readers, if in the exemplary manner of Mathias Kin (a post on 19/6/16), a page of ir-refuted facts, maybe in a timeline format, was similarly available.

Keith Jackson

Susan Merrell writes that someone impersonating her has recently been posting comments in PNG Attitude - something she says she has "no intention of doing ever again". As a result all comments bearing her name since May have been deleted and the IP address blocked. Susan's earlier comments have been retained.

Lindsay F Bond

According to report, PNG "Internal Affairs officers arrested the director of the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate, Chief Superintendent Matthew Damaru".
So, will this action be brought to the respective PNG court, in normal method and period for processing? Will credibility in the action of arrest be sustained in legal proceedings? Is credibility even a worthy contention?

Philip Fitzpatrick

That's extraordinary about the PNG Defence Force recruitment if it is true.

What's O'Neill up to - building a private army?

Very scary indeed.

Maybe he's been talking to Robert Mugabe for longer than we realise.

Peter Kranz

Seems Peter O'Neill's spin doctor can't handle criticism.

They are all apparently "sexist, ageist, racist rapists" for daring to criticise her. (PNG Echo, or maybe should be Peter O'Neill's Echo))

As Harry Truman said "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."

Philip Fitzpatrick

The purpose of commissions of inquiry in Papua New Guinea seems to be to sweep things under the carpet and forget about them. How many such inquiries has the government acted upon in the last few years? I can't think of any.

The argument about the police using high powered rifles because that was all they had is also facetious. Daniel Kumbon's son was there and he was hit in the leg by a rubber bullet. Clearly the police had alternative means. They've also got riot gear, I've seen them in it. Helmets, shields and batons (and fan belts) are regularly used by the police in Port Moresby.

I think the shooting was deliberate and it was done under someone's instruction, perhaps the Police Commissioner or the Police Minister. They must have alerted the Prime Minister of their intentions at some stage. If they were freelancing that's even worse.

Unfortunately we will never know.

Harry Topham

It might be wiser that Mr O'Neill and Mr Baki and their cohorts take time out to reflect that "all these students have parents" - bad karma.

It also might be time to write a letter to Aunty Liz recommending that the prefix " Royal" be stripped off the nomenclature of that previous august body the PNG police force.

Daniel Kumbon

Sam Koim, I also cried like a child as soon as I saw the wounded student on PNG loop. I cried to God to save his life.

I cried some more when I saw other students carrying their injured students to hospital on TV Wan news updates.

And there was open mourning at Sir Tei Secondary School among students and when they came marching into Wabag town crying for help, police chased and scattered them like chickens.

News poured in and people thought four students including a female student from the Sepik were already dead. Wabag town felt silent and groups of people were seen discussing the day’s events. There was grave concern and sadness on their faces.

Then PNG Power went off and people could not see EMTV and TVWan news.

If anything happened yesterday 8 June, the blood of students and the tears of the nation ran thick. Blood will continue to flow into the 2017 national elections. It will be a great shame if the people of Ialibu-Pangia re-elect Peter O’Neill to parliament to represent them once again.

Paul Oates

The violence has started. If if gets fully underway, it will be impossible to stop.

Shades of the French revolution are sadly applicable.

Philip Fitzpatrick

The ACP membership includes a lot of delegates from so-called failed states and dictatorships.

It makes you wonder what they are talking about. I bet it's not good governance or how to end corruption.

Peter Warwick

"Exim Bank of China has reneged on a loan of K900 million to the PNG government . . ."

One suspects that the reneging of the loan has a lot more reason than "out of time".

I was involved in some very early negotiations for this loan. An advance on the loan was given to the PNG government for early works and a substantial amount of the advance was misappropriated. The Chinese were not happy chaps.

The Chinese also negotiate loans of this kind only on their terms, particularly the engagement of labour. They will tolerate some local input, but the bulk of the labour was to be Chinese.

They are also suspicious of O'Neills 'Camelot' approach. Susan Merrell's "whistling a happy tune" would not impress the Chinese.

Peter Kranz

Michael - did you realise that Fascism was alive and popular in Australia in the 1920's and 1930's? The New Guard raised militias, blocked Parliament House and were on the verge of a coup.

They were supported by many Australian politicians at the time, and forced the resignation of NSW Premier Jack Lang. De Groote of the New Guard even hijacked the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge by galloping up on a horse and slashing the opening ribbon with his sword before the State dignitaries.

Many political leaders admired Hitler and Mussolini (even Menzies), and spoke glowingly of their smashing of Unions and the need to use violence to counter the threat of socialism. Menzies tried to outlaw the communist
party, but was defeated in a referendum on the issue, as it required a change to the constitution.

Are we seeing a return to the roots of fascism in Australia, and perhaps PNG?

Here are some classic indicators of a Fascist movement...

- A strong leader or small group of leaders with psychopathic tendencies

- Rules by fiat, slogan and intimidation

- A culture of lying

- Defines and maintains an underclass while redistributing wealth and power to an elite

- Filters information so that the government only receives advice it wants to hear

- Controls the media

- Is nationalistic and militaristic

- Takes over industry and commerce

You decide.

Michael Dom

Capitalism may be sick, but I doubt if socialism is our cure all or natural state in PNG.

We're more likened to tribalism with the influence of capitalist theory and a false glorification of Melanesian principles - which are socialist in some aspects of ownership, provided that in most cases that you have penis and not a vagina.

Socialism has worked to realize some of the 'happiest states' in the world in historically feudal empires of the Scandinavia.

Some things are free (like education and health) but the benefits must come with costs - a very high standard of living balanced by a strong economy I think.

But they got there via a very long and bloody path - although with the supposed demise of neo-liberalism and apparent rise of liberal socialism thinks might be changing.

That another reason why Game of Thrones is so popular, but I digress - Peter Kranz...?

Paul Oates

Kari, I believe the actual quote is 'The love of money is the root of all evil'.

The nub of the problem for PNG is that there was no real preparedness for the responsibility of government. If you want someone to blame, look to the UN and those members who insisted Australia get out of PNG as quickly as possible. But those who jumped up and down then are no longer around except perhaps Mr Mugabe. All the rest are probably now comfortable relaxing in wealth or been overthrown by revolution.

Strange that the African, Caribbean and Pacific are all now lumped together by some nefarious attraction?

Well Mr Sung has sung it all. It's now up to the righteous PNGians to take the message to the people who should know what's going on.

But will they listen and understand? That is the real question that should be asked?

What will the clans and tribes think and do when the next election is held?

Without any hope of change, it's far easier to blame something or anyone rather than accept responsibility.

Kari Amean

Capitalism is a disease. It has devalued human lives & corrupted our communal culture of sharing and caring. Money is the root of all evil. It has destroyed the fabrics of our communal culture as Melanesians. We Melanesians are Socialists judging from our societal structure and obligation of tribal members.
We have to justify our stance politically and to prove the worthy of our independence. It is the system of Westminster politics and its unplanned economic posture. People are blind when they use the word 'Freedom’. Melanesians don't know freedom. We are warrior society loyal to our Chiefs and the progress of all.

Be ourselves. Be Realistic.
We are 'Socialist'.

Philip Fitzpatrick

Getting off track a bit but why are all the greedy and/or corrupt politicians in the Haus Tambaran so fat?

Would it be going too far to suggest that you can't trust an overweight politician?

Has anyone counted Peter O'Neill's double chins lately?

Chris Overland

Jo Sung MP has neatly articulated all that is wrong with politics in PNG.

All that unites the PNG government is blatant self interest as reflected in guaranteed access to DSIP funds which, of course, are used at the absolute discretion of the MP concerned. The opportunities for bribery and corruption are obvious.

It is also a sad illustration of just how little Mr Sung and others of his ilk either know or care about the proper role of members of parliament. "Show me the money" is their first and only question for a prospective Prime Minister.

I think that it is more and more likely that nothing short of a revolution can save PNG from those like Mr Sung.

Paul Oates

Well the 'Vice' minister for Provincial and Local Level Government Affairs Joe Sung has said it all hasn't he?

'While ever the DSIP funds keep coming we will support the PM.'

So forget about any logical or legal action, its all a matter of graft and corruption and the situation will not change nor any vote of no confidence pass in the house while ever the PM hands out the graft.

But have the coffers been depleted enough for the process to collapse? Using Mugabe's alternative, the PM can just keep printing money until it proverbially 'ain't worth the paper it's printed on'.

So the challenge has been issued and the metaphorical glove thrown on the floor. Any hope of a peaceful changeover will never occur and those with the power (and money), will never concede.

The alternative under these circumstances is clearly what happened in the Middle Ages in Europe. Civil wars and actual conflict are eventually going to happen as they have in almost every other developing country.

The 'Pax Australiana' that we once installed has at least lasted long enough for there to be some educated and honest PNG leaders to emerge. Let's hope they can rescue their country before the mayhem and chaos gets too bad?

Those moribund buffoons in Canberra will while away their time with worries about what's PC and most importantly, what meets all the modern concepts of social engineering and what their superannuation benefits will be, while our respected neighbour implodes.

After that inevitable implosion, they will then be heard to say in the very words of 'Yes Prime Minister'... 'Maybe there's something we could have done but it's far too late now.'

Peter Kranz

Who wants to be a trillionaire? I heard that the Zimbabweans were aghast at the cost of hotel accommodation in Port Moresby.

Zimbabwe’s government claimed to have overturned the laws of economics during its own bout of hyperinflation nearly a decade ago. Gideon Gono, then governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, claimed that “traditional economics do not fully apply in this country,” and said “I am going to print and print and sign the money…because we need money.”

The result was an increase in prices so swift that it was almost impossible to calculate the rate of inflation. By some estimates it peaked at 500 billion percent, as the government printed ever-larger denominations.

Notes such as one with a face value of 100 trillion Zimbabwe dollars are worth much more now as a novelty on eBay (where they sell for about $45) than they ever were in shops in Harare.

These Zimbabwe banknotes were printed in the hyperinflation period of Zimbabwe from 2006 to 2009. Now a valued collectable and novelty, the Zimbabwe note signifies a piece of history in which a country printed the highest value on any banknote in existence, the Zimbabwe 100 trillion dollar bill, the most unique banknote in the series with 14 zeros!

And in case you thought they'd turned the corner, they are now printing their own US dollars. I'm sure that's going to fix things.

So as well as welcoming a thug, a murderer and a dictator, PNG is going to take lessons in money-laundering. Sigh!

Philip Fitzpatrick

It might turn out to be O'Neill's biggest misstep Robin.

I hear that Engan UPNG students are already holding rallies in Wabag, Kandep and Wapenamanda against O'Neill. Probably happening elsewhere too.

`Robin Lillicrapp

Maybe a degree of recognition of the perils of loosing thousands of students upon their hauslines provokes PM O'Neill to plead for a return to studies.

Philip Fitzpatrick

No doubt Peter O'Neill will invite Robert Mugabe around to his house for a few drinks and so he can pick his brains and learn a few new tricks.

Or maybe Mugabe will pick up a couple of useful hints.

Paul Oates

It would be very easy to draw some similar comparisons between Mugabe and O'Neill. No doubt some will. The difference for Mugabe is that he has the vast majority of his tribal support base that will keep him in power no matter what the cost. Clearly Mugabe doesn't care about then cost to his country or his people. A typical despot.

This is not the same situation in PNG. Mugabe may have a country where the Mashona majority (85%) can dominate the original Matabele (N'dele at 15%) but this is not the same as PNG where O'Neill might have the support from a section of the Highlands but not all. Simbu is now about to flex its muscles by some reports.

When the finances and influence start drying up, that's when there will be a reckoning and a scramble for new alliances.

Peter Warwick

It appears that Paul Paraka is not going to be pursued for his involvement in the legal fees affair. One can only assume that, if he is pursed, he will name quite a few who were involved.

This occurred with the trial of Jimmy Maladina. An associate of Maladina did tell me that Jimmy had said that if he was pursued, he would, while in the witness box, read out a list of active participants in the fraud.

Those on Jimmy's list certainly did not want Jimmy tried in court, and assisted with Jimmy fleeing the scene. The rest is history now.

We cannot assume O’Neill's guilt or innocence – that is the role of the courts, and O’Neill is determined not to have that happen. He may well be concerned that Paraka may become chirpy in court.

Michael Dom

This development is not related to anyway with the recent PNC Party MP's victory.

Peter Kranz

I remember Willie Brandt using the term "realpolitik' in the sixties with regard to the cold war and justifying having to negotiate with the Russkies. But it goes back much longer than that. It means practical politics, the art of the possible or pragmatism (do what works).

The term Realpolitik was coined by Ludwig von Rochau, a German writer and politician in the 19th century. His 1853 book Grundsätze der Realpolitik angewendet auf die staatlichen Zustände Deutschlands describes the meaning of the term:

"The study of the forces that shape, maintain and alter the state is the basis of all political insight and leads to the understanding that the law of power governs the world of states just as the law of gravity governs the physical world.

"The older political science was fully aware of this truth but draw a wrong and detrimental conclusion - the right of the more powerful.

"The modern era has corrected this unethical fallacy, but while breaking with the alleged right of the more powerful one, the modern era was too much inclined to overlook the real might of the more powerful and the inevitability of its political influence."

Michael Dom

Peter Kranz - there are a few politicians playing the realpolitik and I believe that Powes is one of those.

There does come a time when a firm stand should be taken and one would assume that when laws are by-passed, bent or broken, the constitution is used as 2-ply, the spirit of the leadership code is exorcised, the judiciary singled out with contempt, the police force used as pawns, the economy in a quandary and business crying for relief that the time to stand-up for something had arrived.

Tomorrows leaders were at the UPNG forum yesterday.

Today's leaders sent delegates to meet them.

Well done to Powes, but he can do better than that, and I believe that the majority of NCD would stand behind him despite the cultural diversity in the city.

Peter Kranz

I forgot to give credit to our contributor Gary Juffa. Maybe a Juffa/Parkop alliance could form the basis of a better PNG Government?

Peter Kranz

Paul's recent comments are important. It's all very well to tear down the political establishment with civil unrest and legal disputes, but what do you put in it's place?

Well of course it's up to the good people of PNG to decide, but from where I sit Powes Parkop seems to be one of the few with integrity that might just rein PNG back onto a fair course. And a good many PNG people that I have spoken to seem to agree.

There are some postgrad students at Newcastle who were sponsored to further their education here by the NCD Governor. They agreed he was determined to root out corruption and give the NCD better-educated managers and leaders.

So all Powes to them!

Michael Dom

Phil, these are university students, they should have the education, the courtesy and the decency to inform their parents and citizens and particularly their fellow students on the grounds for their decision.

Just saying you want to suck up to the law is a farce.

When the law is being bludgeoned to death it is only reason and logic applied with ethical and moral judgment and power that can save it.

That the Divine Word University should be reminded of this by a secular and hedonistic poet is embarrassing for both parties.

Peter Kranz

Seems corruption afflicts both our countries.

A network of Australian border security officials is allegedly working for organised criminals, including drug and tobacco smugglers, in the most serious corruption scandal to ever hit the nation's border agencies.

A Fairfax Media investigation has uncovered multiple cases of alleged corruption involving staff from the Australian Border Force and the Department of Agriculture, along with maritime industry employees with government clearances.

Paul Oates

Whether O'Neill stands aside or even when he stands aside is now really irrelevant. Perhaps the 'tipping point' has now been reached but maybe not. PNG politics is not an easy one to predict given the diverse nature of political support bases.

The real issue is: What happens after O'Neill departs?

One of two scenarios can happen. Either he and his team will be replaced by someone just as bad or worse or there is a planned alternative in the wings waiting to take over.

All the best intentions of everyone currently holding their breath will be for naught if the same type of person takes over the power of the PM and his team. This is what happened to the power base of the Philippines after Marcos.

History would point to there being very little in the outcomes if one of the PM's team then assumes power and excuses O'Neill from responsibility. Read the impeachment of US President Nixen.

PNG's ethical political leaders now need to be ready to take on responsibility otherwise all this current consternation will achieve nothing permanent.

The police Commissioner must feel he will not instantly be charged. 'Only acting under orders m'lud'.

Will the PNGDF be happy to remain in their barracks and not disobey orders?

The Ombudsman must be ready to sanction any action under the PNG constitution.

The Governor General must be ready to support whoever ethically assumes power.

Constitutional lawyers must be consulted and the ethical transfer of power sanctioned by law.

The Chief Justice must be ready with his team to cope with the subsequent multi disputes that will arise so that there can be no claims that the law will not be followed.

Can someone tell us who is ready and waiting in the wings when O'Neill is either deposed or steps aside? If the Deputy PM Dion is to take over power, will he then sanction any changes?

Will the Provincial governors be prepared to accept the changeover and await results rather than starting any 'clan' destined resistance movement.

Will the Departmental Heads be prepared to wait and see what will happen?


The really hard issues have not yet even begun to be debated on this site. I hope that doesn't mean they are not being thought of elsewhere?

Philip Fitzpatrick

I'm not sure that presenting a logical argument about why O'Neill should go will do much good Michael.

The issue has become an emotive one.

When his fellow politicians reckon he has been mortally wounded they will turn on him.

The name of the game now is to wound O'Neill at every opportunity. He's a tough bugger so it's going to be a long haul.

Peter Kranz

I post this merely for educational purposes.

Has it ever seemed to you that less competent people rate their competence higher than it actually is, while more competent people humbly rate theirs lower?

It’s not just your imagination. This is a genuine cognitive bias called the Dunning-Kruger Effect. (AKA the Dutton Factor)

The Dunning-Kruger experiments behind the research focused on cognitive tasks (logic, grammar, and evaluating humour), but similar disparities exist in other areas. In self-assessment of IQ, below-average people overestimated their score and those above average underestimated.

Michael Dom

Is there anyone we know at DWU who is on PNG Attitude that can write and explain the reasoning behind this story?

I am genuinely interested in understanding their logic and what it is they do stand-up for if they are going to take this issue with Peter O'Neill lying down.

Specifically, they state that they are upholding the constitution.

Which part categorically?

What is the rationale?

What is the moral and ethical rationale?

What is their spiritual understanding of the term 'spirit of the law'?

And there are many other questions.

Perhaps there's someone with some writing skill who can say why they don't support this cause, because quite clearly everyone who does has explained themselves to one degree or another, while the opposing party have resorted to innuendo, disinformation, misinformation, false allegations and confused logic and unsound reasoning.

Are there any SVD's apprentices with the galls or balls for this task?

Peter Kranz

Australia's Immigration Minister (supported by PM Turnbull) says refugees are illiterate, innumerate even in their own language, can't speak English and will be a burden on the taxpayer, or take your jobs (take your pick).

And Australia says this is PNG's responsibility to sort out.

Says a lot about how Australia regards PNG.

Michael Dom

"The PNG government has warned about agitators with "sinister purposes" behind university student protests and is to convene a meeting of the National Security Advisory Committee."

The NSA Committee are being tasked by Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari towards one purpose alone: answer the K3.7 million question - Who killed Cock Robin?

(Hey guys, if they say "It was I, I killed Cock Robin" you all know I was no where near that 'Little Dicky Bird - I was helping to Pick a Peck of Pickled Peppers for Mrs Pumpkin Eater to cook - okay?)

Michael Dom

Loi Bakani - huh!

Some of us may not be very good at economics but you're assistance of O'Neill in this growing economic disaster is pathetic.

Even the janitors who work in the PM's office and the BPNG offices know the most basic rules of managing finances - don't spend what you don't have, and don't borrow to spend what you can't earn.

Honestly! How many times can we say 'dumb-fucks'!

Michael Dom

Posted on my Facebook page:

Oi! Peter, where's all the money gone?

Some nice words are written about places in my country, Papua New Guinea - the home of 7.1 million "poor little rich kids".

A six-pack of our special locations are mentioned here.

1. Ok Tedi gold and copper mine. OPENED 1984. “At that time, this deposit was believed to be the LARGEST COPPER DEPOSIT IN THE WORLD.”

2. “Porgera Gold Mine is the second largest mine in Papua New Guinea and is regarded as ONE OF THE WORLD'S TOP TEN PRODUCING GOLD MINES.” OPENED 1990.

3. “The gold deposit at Lihir is within the Luise Caldera, an extinct volcanic crater that is geothermally active, and is ONE OF THE LARGEST KNOWN GOLD DEPOSITS IN THE WORLD.” OPENED 1997. Bigger than Porgera, therefore this mine is number 1 in PNG and one of the top ten producers in the world.

4. “Construction of the Hidden Valley mine began in 2007 and commercial PRODUCTION COMMENCED in September 2010. The Hidden Valley - Wau corridor is A WORLD CLASS HISTORIC MINING DISTRICT WITH EXPLORATION UPSIDE.”

Delivery of gold dredging equipment to Bulolo in Wau on 31st March 1931 was the FIRST EVER HEAVY AIRLIFT IN AVIATION HISTORY. Before WWII.

5. “The US$2.1bn Ramu nickel project near Madang, on the north coast of PNG, is one of the largest and most ambitious mining and processing projects to have been successfully brought into production in PNG during the past decade. Construction was largely COMPLETED BY 2012…”

6. And today we have the PNG LNG in the Southern Highlands. "In April 2014, the PNG LNG Project started production of liquefied natural gas ahead of schedule."

Now, tell me again how we shouldn't hold our politicians responsible for the downfall in our economy.

Michael Dom

Deprived of your rights by depraved governments.

That's going around a fair bit nowadays.

Is humanity heading for extinction?

And in other news today...

Peter Kranz

Pity he couldn't have the same confidence in local medical advice when it came to the cases of Reza, Omid, Fazal, Khodayar, All Jafarri, Hsamid, Leo sand others.

Dutton and Morrison - you've got well over 30 deaths on your watch. Are you happy now?

Peter Kranz

Minister Dutton again demonstrates how well-versed he is in the skill of Newspeak*.

After a woman detainee had to be flown from Nauru to Brisbane to receive urgent medical attention, he claims medical facilities on Nauru were "significant." However apparently not significant enough to treat her condition.

He also revealed this amazing insight. Dutton said $11m of taxpayers’ money had been spent to upgrade the medical facilities on Nauru. And the doctors there are "medically trained doctors". Phew that's a relief, that might have had PhD's in Sociology!

He also hit out at asylum-seeker advocates who suggested the woman was deprived of adequate care.

“They are pushing a particular issue and they are trading in the misery of these people which is appalling,” Dutton said.

“The doctors on the island – medically trained doctors – have provided the medical advice about what could be provided to this woman and at which point she needed to be evacuated.”

* Newspeak is the fictional language in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, written by George Orwell. It is a controlled language created by the totalitarian state Oceania as a tool to limit freedom of thought, and concepts that pose a threat to the regime such as freedom, self-expression, individuality, and peace.

Daniel Kumbon

Good on you LAE PPC Anthony Wagambie Jr. Your father was a respected cop. You have certainly made him proud and earned respect by listening to the people.

The police must allow the masses to speak their mind. The policemen throughout PNG must not continue to suppress the population when they themselves are under resourced and continue to live in poor run-down condemned barracks with no water, no power, unhygienic conditions.

The people are fighting for the thousands of police men and women too.

Peter Kranz

Dutton is giving the Queensland Police a bad name (and that's saying something).

So what's the solution? Well for Peter O'Neill if he has any balls he will stand up to the bullies, close Manus, accept NZ's offer to resettle many of them then load the rest onto a patrol boat and drop them off on Sabai Island, thus neatly returning Australia's favour.

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