I DON'T think Australians think the worst about Papua New Guinea. I just think Australians don't think about PNG much at all.
It's been mostly the fault of journalists who report on the dramatic and sensational and fail to do the Papua New Guinean people justice.
Rowan Callick’s recent article effectively does cover why things have gone the way they have but leaves a gap as to why.
Successive Australian governments have been asleep at the wheel when it comes to our nearest neighbour. Not only do they not want to know but have actively washed their hands of any possible help for those who do care and have been trying to make a difference over the last 42 years.
What would be far more effective would be a number of hard hitting articles in the Australian media on two fronts.
Firstly, why the Australian government is so intransigent and stubbornly refuses to provide effective support to those who want to turn things around in PNG.
Second, an effective examination of all those who have corrupted and broken PNG laws and yet continue to prosper at the expense of the vast majority of PNG people.
I know that may not sell newspapers, but dig a little deeper and the media will hit a gold mine of juicy bits of information. Who knows what might be revealed?
The imagination boggles at what is just currently known and proven, yet for some reason is steadfastly refused to be openly accepted by the Australian government. It can't all be because of the stupidity in applying commonsense to the Manus problem.
No, it is attributable to only one thing: Australian leaders are unable to find solutions to what is developing as a catastrophe on our doorstep. The same politicians will depart and live well on their pensions while people on both sides of the Torres Strait will pay the price of their incompetency.
The information is readily available. Why is it the Australian and PNG media refuse to effectively report it?
That's the real story, don't you think?