ADELAIDE - I don’t know former prime minister Peter O'Neill's parliamentary salary but I'd guess it was not high enough to allow him or his wife to save the millions of kina required to even place a deposit on a house at Point Piper.
For the benefit of Papua New Guineans unfamiliar with Australia's absurdly over-priced property market, Point Piper is amongst the most exclusive and expensive addresses in Australia.
It takes an eye watering amount of money to buy a house there and so it is the effective preserve of the truly wealthy.
The cheap end of the market there starts at around K6 million while the premium end starts at K50 million plus.
Peter or one of his relatives forked out K30 million for the property they quietly sold recently. A middling price for Point Piper.
There is no affordable housing in this suburb for the average Australian nor is affordable housing wanted by residents who have paid megabucks for the chance to live amongst the truly wealthy top one percent of the population.
So, having a home in Point Piper is a signal to the world from a humble Southern Highlands lad and his wife they have truly arrived amongst a very select group of truly wealthy folks.
I wonder if the Papua New Guinea tax office has statutory powers that enable it to call upon people who weem to have unexplained wealth.
Surely O'Neill and his spouse need to explain how he or she acquired enough cash to buy a Point Piper mansion.
Perhaps they are running a betel nut empire on the side or maybe flogging vegetables at Koki on weekends.
Could some brave journalist in the PNG media possibly investigate this matter?
Oh, I forgot, the media don't generally pursue the truth in PNG, preferring to simply repeat whatever the government tells them to say.
What about the Royal PNG Constabulary? Is there any senior officers left who aren’t either so intimidated or so compromised to take a close look at this intriguing case?
I won't be holding my breath about the likelihood of justice being done, let alone being seen to be done.