CAIRNS – I was particularly struck by the recent observations of Dr Chris McCall and author Nick Brown (in Phil Fitzpatrick’s review of his latest book).
Their observations of discovering some of life's grim realities provided by salient insights into the shallow ignorance of what former US president Donald Trump contemptuously referred to as “shithole countries”.
Continue reading "Those valuable insights beyond ‘shithole country’" »
Scott Morrison feels vulnerable - a national election is due and a majority of Australia's population of 17 million is unhappy. Greater power accrues to the people when politicians become exposed
ADELAIDE - The many and obvious failings of various Western democracies have been on vivid display over the last two years.
Whilst it is fair to criticise our political elites for their incompetence, misjudgement and venality, we who vote for them might take pause to consider the extent to which we are also culpable.
Continue reading "Does power truly reside in the people?" »
When PNG became a nation in 1975, it had high hopes of building a better society and Michael Somare seemed to be the right leader to do it
KELA KAPKORA SIL BOLKIN
PORT MORESBY – I want to talk about the kind of people who aspire to be national leaders and what might make them good leaders or not.
Leaders shape our local level governments, districts, provinces and ultimately our entire nation.
But the poor results on the ground are evidence that many of them, perhaps most of them, have not served our people well.
Continue reading "Election ‘22: Voter guide to how bad will oust good" »
'David Gulpilil Two Worlds' by Craig Ruddy, Winner 2004 Archibald Prize (NSW Art Gallery)
TUMBY BAY - We in the West tend to judge people of other cultures in terms of our own values. We do this because we are conceited and assume that our values are superior to theirs.
This conceit was a fundamental ingredient in Australia’s past colonial experience and still informs how we relate to nations like China and India.
Continue reading "An undefeated hero in the land of racists" »
| ACT NOW
PORT MORESBY - Research into prosecutions for corruption in Papua New Guinea reveals that, despite the enormous extent of the misappropriation of public funds, only a tiny number of officials have ever been charged and almost none has been convicted or imprisoned.
This failure is likely one reason PNG shows no signs of overcoming its unenviable reputation as one of the most corrupt nations in the world, and why allegations remain rife of corruption involving political leaders, the powerful and the wealthy.
Continue reading "Plenty of talk, but corruption is worse than ever" »
A study of three PNG companies revealed that gender-based violence cost them about K7.3 million a year
EVONNE KENNEDY & SHABNAM HAMEED
| DevPolicy Blog | Edited extracts
PORT MORESBY - Evidence has emerged that the private sector in Papua New Guinea can play a key role in responding to gender-based violence, and that doing so makes good business sense.
Research by the International Finance Corporation, in partnership with the Business Coalition for Women, has found that a gender-balanced workforce, and appropriate workplace responses to family and sexual violence, can provide benefits to businesses and their employees.
Continue reading "Dealing with GBV is good business sense" »
SYDNEY - I run a media, training and consultancy company called IndigenousX. It is 100% Indigenous owned and staffed.
We work on local, regional, national, and international projects; we run training workshops on anti-racism, digital strategies, and media training.
Continue reading "Identity & parlance: This is who we are" »
Fiame Naomi Mataafa (UN Women, Ellie van Baaren)
| ANU Reporter
CANBERRA - In April, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa caused the political equivalent of an earthquake for Samoa.
The long-serving and immensely popular politician had taken on a political powerhouse in the country’s national election – and won.
Continue reading "A crack in the Pacific's glass ceiling" »
LAE - How do we return Papua Niugini to a culture of Melanesian cooperation and how can the common people make those in power behave responsibly?
According to the evolutionary perspective, the birthplace of democracy was the tribe. Indeed, tribalism is sometimes referred to as ‘primitive democracy’.
Continue reading "Put politics last: Let’s stop reversing evolution" »
The unfinished K200 million Boroko casino. Arguments continue on a project that went bust in 2011 (TIPNG)
PORT MORESBY - National Gaming Control Board (NGCB) chairman Clemence Kanau says the regulator never had aspirations to run Port Moresby’s casino.
Kanau also dismissed claims by failed Boroko Casino developer, South Korean company CMSS PNG, that it had met all the requirements to establish the casino.
Continue reading "Regulator: ‘We didn’t want to run casino’" »
James Marape - "“For the first 10 or 15 years we want overseas commissioners and not Papua New Guineans"
NOOSA - There had been indications from Papua New Guinea’s prime minister last year of this stunning change of heart, but now the idea has expanded and shared with Australia.
In a recent meeting with Australian High Commissioner Jon Philp, James Marape disclosed that he favoured a foreign official heading the much-awaited Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Continue reading "Marape’s big call: I want expats in key jobs" »
"Narratives evoking a sense of chaos in PNG, particularly by Australians, are not new"
KYLIE MCKENNA, SENALA MORONA & COONIEBHERT SAMGAY
| Divine Word University | DevPolicy Blog
MADANG - Covid-19 appears the latest instalment in outsider narratives of Papua New Guinea as a ‘failed’, ‘weak’ or ‘fragile’ state.
In April 2020, for example, with only eight cases of Covid-19 in the country, Australian journalists capitalised on the opportunity to put PNG on the failed-state precipice.
Continue reading "Colonial echoes in PNG 'failed state' smears" »
The Kundal family in happy times
PORT MORESBY - When his daughter-in-law Annie ran away from her family for the fourth time, Johannes Kundal felt that was enough.
He just wanted Annie to be free. He did not know that Archie, his grandson, had also urged his mother to go and not return.
Continue reading "Johannes’ dilemma: how to restore a family" »
Port Moresby blackout (PNG Loop)
| Academia Nomad
WAIGANI - For three consecutive weeks, electricity in Papua New Guinea’s capital has blacked out in the evenings.
But this is not unusual for Port Moresby, a city dubbed ‘one of the least livable cities in the world’ by The Economist intelligence unit’s Global Liveability Index in the same week.
Continue reading "Powes Parkop is right: privatise PNG Power" »
NOOSA - The Australian government has been in real disarray recently as it struggles with the case of asylum seekers Priya and Nades Murugappan and their two Australian-born daughters, Kopika and Tharnicaa, whose plight again became a matter of great public concern.
The latest drama involving this family occurred when four-year old Tharnicaa became seriously ill and, accompanied by her mother, was flown to Perth after pneumonia turned into sepsis and there were fears she might otherwise die.
Continue reading "Biloela 4: immorality, cruelty, racism, scams" »
Annie at Vision City - “Archie was only 12 and still needed me, but he gave me the courage to escape from my abusive husband”
PORT MORESBY – Archie Iso Kundal loves his mother very much but, as a small child, was frequently distressed to see his abusive father, Ismael, habitually beat her.
The two small boys would often see their mother lock herself in a room and cry while nursing her wounds.
So one day Archie told his mother to escape, return to her people at Kerema and not come back to Wabag until he and his brother Victor were old enough to defend her.
Continue reading "Annie’s story: Escape from abuse" »
The hills of Port Moresby - waiting to be fought over
PORT MORESBY – Two thousand people from Portion 695 of the ATS settlement are seeing their homes and gardens destroyed even as lawyers seek to determine whether further legal action may be possible.
It is not clear if the Papua New Guinea courts will allow an inquiry into how the ATS settlement titles were obtained in the first place.
Continue reading "ATS & the complexity of land titles" »
The destruction of ATS Portion 695 (@nayahamui)
NOOSA – A stark report has revealed a humanitarian crisis developing at the ATS settlement in Port Moresby as long-standing residents are evicted.
A Twitter string from from Nayahamui Supowes (@nayahamui) estimates that 2,000 people have been displaced from Portion 695 of the settlement.
Continue reading "The disgrace of the ATS settler eviction" »
| My Land, My Country
LAE - Opening a large casino in Port Moresby is a dangerous and destructive move. The harm it will cause will be greater on our country will be more than the good it will supposedly bring.
We don’t need that kind of development. There is a time for it, but now is not that time.
Continue reading "PNG just can't handle high-end gambling" »
The Coral Sea Resort Casino in Honiara
PHILIP KAI MORRE
| Social Worker & Addiction Counsellor
PORT MORESBY - Gambling is a disease of addiction that can have every family member suffering from its effects.
Casinos are highly organised gambling. Gambling for corporate profit.
Continue reading "Casino is the wrong choice for PNG" »
ANALOGY BY THE AVISAK N'GEGOS
The chiefs of 49 villages along the Avisak [Sepik River] together with Save the Sepik have organised 408 clans and 51 n’gegos [haus tambaran] into a united nation working to reject the proposed PanAust Frieda River mine
SEPIK RIVER - The Frieda River gold and copper mine can be likened to a vehicle.
When it first started, and was in the exploration stage, we the people of Avisak would see helicopters buzzing and whooshing across the sky almost every day, back and forth across the project site.
Continue reading "Dismantling Frieda, one wheel at a time" »
Censored image. The photo of Uiaku schoolgirls was taken by PJ Money in 1908 (Australian Museum)
| Guardian Australia
SYDNEY - Facebook has been accused of “discriminatory and racist” behaviour after it deleted historical photos from a group that publishes archival photos of men and women from Papua New Guinea.
The group, which boasts over 55,000 members, claims photos showing traditional dress or ceremonies were deleted for allegedly containing nudity – but photos showing nudity among white people were not.
Continue reading "‘Racist’ Facebook doesn’t get the picture" »
NOOSA - In early May, Papua New Guinea prime minister James Marape seemed to move with lightning speed to stop a developer evicting residents and destroying homes at Port Moresby’s ATS settlement.
It was an illusion. The bulldozers moved in this morning.
Continue reading "Today the bulldozers moved in on ATS" »
| Duresi’s Odyssey
AUCKLAND - I am a Papua New Guinean woman. I am mum to a beautiful young girl child, next generation PNG woman.
Each time I read about heinous crimes committed against PNG women and girls either by people known to them or strangers, it makes my mouth go dry with fear.
Continue reading "We must stop violence against women" »
| The Guardian
CANBERRA - News broke last week about the horrific attack on two women in Port Moresby after they were accused of sorcery.
Senior leaders and police in Papua New Guinea expressed outrage that such violence was occurring in the nation’s capital.
Continue reading "Sorcery violence is profoundly modern" »
Community feelings towards specific racial groups in Australia
TUMBY BAY – Let me start with a statement.
The most prevalent form of racism is based on colour and is manifested almost entirely by whites against people of colour.
And now a definition.
Racism is the belief that humans can be divided into separate and exclusive biological entities (races) and that there is a causal link between biological traits (such as colour) and intellect, personality, morality and other cultural and behavioural features.
Continue reading "The persistent stigma of white racism" »
Lucy Maino and all Papua New Guinean women need to be treated with respect, decency and morality. Papua New Guinean men have much to be ashamed of
NEW YORK - Lucy Maino was an accomplished role model before she became Miss Papua New Guinea.
The 25-year-old co-captained her country’s national football team, bringing home two gold medals from the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.
She also attended the University of Hawaii on a sports scholarship and earned a business degree.
Continue reading "Now listen up, you bullies & misogynists" »
Lucy Maino - An innocent victim of deep-seated misogyny or offended Christianity? Or perhaps both
AVDOH D MEKI
PORT MORESBY - Lucy Maino is best known as a Papua New Guinean footballer and recently Miss Pacific and PNG 2019-20.
Because of Covid, her tenure was extended into 2021 but she was released from duties by the MPIP governing body earlier this month after a video she posted on TikTok triggered a social media storm.
Continue reading "The unfortunate Lucy Maino controversy" »
Lucy Maino - "The people of PNG should grow to be more accepting of one another" (Daniel Wala)
NOOSA - A week ago, media in Papua New Guinea and Australia reported that Lucy Maino, 25, Miss Papua New Guinea, had been stripped of her crown after posting a video of herself twerking on TikTok.
The video had been shared on numerous social media platforms whereupon thousands of people verbally attacked Ms Maino.
Continue reading "The story of a young woman wronged" »
| National Democratic Institute | Extract
Link here to the full report
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernmental organisation that since its founding in 1983 has worked with local partners to support and strengthen democratic institutions and practices and promote citizen participation in government
WASHINGTON - Women are historically underrepresented in politics in the Pacific Islands; Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands are no exception.
At the same time, women in all three countries experience shocking levels of violence, in the home and in public.
Continue reading "Dealing with violence against women in politics" »
TUMBY BAY - Life on our planet is made up of complex synergies and symbiotic relationships built up over countless millennia.
Removing particular species or environmental elements from an ecological base can be catastrophic, as can adding new species or environmental elements.
Continue reading "Relax – the normal insanity will soon resume" »
Papua New Guinea is the most corrupt country in its region - a distinction nobody can be proud of (Corruption Perceptions Index)
| ACT PNG!
PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea’s international corruption rating has slipped a further one-point, from 28 to 27, in the latest figures released by Transparency International.
This is bad news for the economy and a sad reflection on the state of our democracy.
Continue reading "Poor corruption ratings really cost PNG" »
| DevPolicy Blog | Edited
PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea plans to conduct its fifth national census in July this year.
The last census in 2011 was considered a failure.
This means that, if this census goes ahead, the 2021 census will be the country’s first chance in more than 20 years to gather complete socio-demographic information from across the country.
Continue reading "Another PNG census risks failing" »
JAMES MARAPE MP
| Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
PORT MORESBY – In the future the world will look for these five products: food (organic food from the land and fresh marine and river food); clean water; fresh air; new plant based medicines; and cleaner and cheaper energy.
These are everyday needs that everybody needs. And we have them all in total abundance here in Papua New Guinea.
Continue reading "My focus: meeting the demands of the future" »
| Sipikriva Girl
BRAUN - I walk past men almost wherever I go. They sit on large rocks that somehow end up on the roadside. They lean against power poles, rusted in the winds of time.
Whenever I walk past men, I have to be decent. If I am ‘not decent’, I will be the subject of stares directed at my ‘indecency’.
Continue reading "The eyes of men: toxicity & ridicule" »
Shipments of many books to PNG, including some of great importance, are being delayed because of thefts from the postal service
TUMBY BAY - Amazon in Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom and Amazon’s other international outlets say they won't ship to Papua New Guinea because too many orders go missing.
PNG is among a number of countries that Amazon won't ship to because of this problem.
Publicly Amazon says this is related to Covid-19, but when you question the company about individual shipments it admits the real problem is the loss or theft of shipments.
Continue reading "Amazon’s PNG book ban – too many ‘go missing’" »
Deborah Ruth Telek says right thinking Papua New Guineans would say no to the BioMed Covid drug proposal
DEBORAH RUTH TELEK
| My Land, My Country
PORT MORESBY - We cannot even get National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority accredited laboratories up and running around Papua New Guinea for testing.
These labs are used for testing water supply and processed food samples for public safety.
Continue reading "Other priorities outweigh K10m to startup" »
| My Land, My Country
LAE - If you don't like the state of the country, commit yourself to changing it.
You don't have to be in politics to do it. If there is trash outside your fence, pick it up.
Continue reading "True independence starts in the mind" »
White supremacists empty-headedly claim ethnic diversity is equivalent to white genocide
TUMBY BAY - Just like Australia, the USA is a migrant nation. In both cases the racial and cultural diversity of both populations has contributed to both the wealth and vibrancy of their societies.
While Australia is home to the world's oldest continuous culture dating back at least 65,000 years it is now also home to a people who identify with more than 270 different ancestries.
Continue reading "The exploitation of racial & cultural difference" »
ADELAIDE - Those of us who went to Papua New Guinea, especially in the 30 years after World War II, were motivated by many things.
For me and many others who became kiaps or didimen or tisa or mastamak,* it was a sense of adventure combined with curiosity about what was then, and remains today, a culture quite unlike our own.
Continue reading "Just another convulsion in western civilisation" »
The murdered Tari student and his grieving schoolmates
SHILA YUKULI PAIA
ADELAIDE – We have joined in grief with students of Tari Secondary School to mourn the loss of a young man, inspired to be educated and become a leader, whose life was cut short - slaughtered in the name of tribal revenge.
Hela proudly became a separate province of Papua New Guinea in May 2012 and we hold in the highest respect the founding fathers for giving back to our generation the true Hela identity.
Continue reading "We must rebuild a Hela worthy of forebears" »
ADELAIDE - Robert Hughes (1938-2012) was a famed Australian art critic and historian.
Perhaps his two greatest contributions to history were a book (and related television series) in 1991 on the history of art in the late 19th and 20th centuries (from which the title of this article is taken) and a history of Australia’s convict system, ‘The Fatal Shore’ (1987).
Continue reading "The shock of the new" »
| Pacific Media Watch
AUCKLAND - Hostile media environments in Fiji, Papua New Guinea and West Papua pose growing challenges to the Melanesian region’s democracies, says Pacific Journalism Review in its latest edition.
The New Zealand-based research journal warns that laws and cultural restrictions are providing barriers to open information and are silencing journalists.
Continue reading "Hostile laws challenge Melanesian media" »
TUMBY BAY - As an old white man who has worked with and enjoyed long standing friendships with people of colour I’ve been following the development of the Black Lives Matter phenomenon for a while now and wondering what has brought it to what appears to be a crucial point in history.
It cannot be avoided acknowledging that the issue of race is incredibly complicated. Or at least appears to be so.
Continue reading "Black lives & stupid white supremacists" »
A billboard advertising Justin Parker's company, Golden Valley (Australian Financial Review)
| National Affairs Correspondent | The Australian Financial Review
SYDNEY - The lockdown has been good to gold. Since early February it has rallied more than 10% as investors predictably sought shelter in the precious metal during these uncertain economic times.
But some of that sheen has come off this rally in recent days after The Australian Financial Review revealed industry standards around ethical sourcing, or ‘conflict gold’, were hollow at best.
Continue reading "Oz gold industry goes on trial" »
Chris Overland - "Entrenched ideas about the world die very hard"
ADELAIDE - Racism originates from one of the most deep seated aspects of all human cultures, which is an almost instinctive ‘fear of the other’.
I have written previously (see my comment on this article) about this phenomenon and why it made sense in the distant past and, in relation to Papua New Guinea, the not so recent past.
Continue reading "Racism diminished but not dead" »
Black Lives Matter protest in front of the White House in Washington DC
TUMBY BAY - The United States of America was the largest and most successful economic nation in the world by the time World War II began.
There is compelling evidence to suggest that this success was built on the back of slavery.
During the middle of the 1800s, cotton became the world’s largest commodity. The cheapest and best cotton came from the southern United States.
Continue reading "Masters & slaves, 21st century style" »
Agriculture Minister John Simon - swine fever was suspected in February when 336 pigs in died in Mendi
| PNG Today
PORT MORESBY - The multi-million pork industry in PNG is under threat with the African swine fever now in the country.
The swine fever is a virus which causes a hemorrhagic fever with high mortality rates in domestic pigs, killing pigs in large numbers as quickly as a week after infection.
Continue reading "African swine fever found in highlands" »
| Transparency International
BERLIN - A regional average of 45, after many consecutive years of an average score of 44, illustrates general corruption performance stagnation across the Asia Pacific.
Despite the presence of high performers like New Zealand (87), Singapore (85), Australia (77), Hong Kong (76) and Japan (73), the Asia Pacific region hasn’t witnessed substantial progress in anti-corruption efforts or results.
Continue reading "The 2019 Asia Pacific Corruption Index" »
Iranian refugee Hamid Kehazaei died in 2014 after contracting a leg infection in Manus that eventually left him brain dead
| Washington Post
WASHINGTON DC - For the past 10 months, asylum seekers held in Australia’s controversial offshore processing centres in the Pacific islands have been able to seek transfers to Australia for urgent medical treatment.
Australian home affairs minister Peter Dutton claims the policy has helped people migrate into Australia “through the back door.” Physicians and refugee advocates say it has saved sick asylum seekers’ lives.
Continue reading "Australia leaves refugees to madness & death" »