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PORT MORESBY - Last Wednesday the tenth of January started off like any other day in Port Moresby.
As the sun rose, workers made their way from home and street vendors put their goods on display.
At Gordons market, the mothers from Brown River accompanied truckloads of fresh garden produce. Outside, the usual crowd of loiterers went about their business, whatever that was.
Continue reading "A lost, desperate & leaderless people" »
TUMBY BAY - Back in the 1980s I decided to add a major in Government to my 1970s double degree in Literature. One of the subjects concerned the impact of technology on paid employment. At the time there was a wide body of literature on the subject. The consensus was that new technologies would do away with the more arduous and soul destroying aspects of work and increase workers’ leisure time.
Continue reading "Tech could enrich us all, but...." »
PARI - From the time the US-PNG Defence Cooperation Agreement was signed last week, there have been indications that prime minister Marape is behaving more autocratically.
I have the feeling that PNG democracy is heading down the death highway under Marape's rule.
When the news was reported that Biden was going to visited PNG, Marape appealed to Papua New Guineans and the media to be cautious in making comments about the visit.
Continue reading "Is Marape more autocratic since the US deal" »
Screen shot from ChatGPT - frill-free, fast and functional. But can be error prone and demands attention to detail
NOOSA – A couple of months ago, as a consumer and producer of information, I decided I must try to understand something about artificial intelligence and ChatGPT.
By ‘understand’ I meant to find out ChatGPT’s application to journalism and creative writing (it has many other capabilities) and to determine its grasp of human behaviour.
The latter is imperative because if it can’t distinguish between good and bad, truth and lie or fact and opinion it’s use is problematic in the absence of ethical human intervention.
Continue reading "The good & bad of ChatGPT: An assessment" »
From the song ‘Me and Bobby McGee’, written by Kris Kristofferson in 1969 and most famously sung by Janis Joplin, who recorded it shortly before her death from a drug overdose in 1970
ADELAIDE - In the distant past, there arose priestly castes, or classes, whose members purported to have special insight and understanding about the world; an understanding that hugely surpassed that of ordinary folk.written by
Through certain rituals and the possession of uncommon skills - such as the ability to read and write, or through mastery of astronomy or great talent for mathematics - they secured influence, authority and power.
Continue reading "Play with dynamite, expect an explosion" »
TUMBY BAY - The South Australian government has just finished building a new double-circuit 132kV transmission line to Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula near to where I live in Tumby Bay.
The former transmission line was more than 50 years old and prone to regular breakdowns.
A few years ago the line was knocked out by a storm and people were without power for several weeks.
Continue reading "Devices of benefit become means of control" »
Port Moresby university students protest against foreign minister Tkatchenko, who called social media critics of his daughter “primitive animals” (Michael Tamty Pais | Benar News)
| Academia Nomad
PORT MORESBY - Justin Tkatchenko has stepped aside as foreign affairs minister after sustained calls for him to resign.
This comes after he branded Papua New Guineans “primitive animals” for criticising his daughter’s TikTok videos showing a lavish trip to the United Kingdom funded by taxpayers’ money.
Continue reading "What we learn from the Tkatchenko saga" »
‘Sack him!’ - how the PNG Post-Courier reported the furore (screenshot by Asia Pacific Report)
| RNZ Pacific | Updated
This article was republished by Cafe Pacific under a community partnership agreement with Radio New Zealand
AUCKLAND - Papua New Guinea’s foreign minister Justin Tkatchenko has stepped aside from his position after calling critics of his daughter, ‘primitive animals’ and ‘useless individuals’.
Savannah Tkatchenko posted a video on TikTok after attending the Coronation of King Charles III in London last week.
Continue reading "Tkatchenko goes after ‘primitive animals’ slur" »
The properties before they were destroyed. Daniel Kumbon feels the pain of personal loss after writing about tribal warfare for years
PORT MORESBY – For nearly 40 years, I have been reporting about the consequences of tribal warfare which every year continues to claim hundreds of lives and destruction to property in Enga.
I never thought the threat of tribal warfare would reach me and my Aimbarep tribe. But right now, as I write, this evil scourge is knocking on my door.
I am desperately trying to repel it from here in Port Moresby, where I am seeking medical treatment.
Continue reading "Top author loses property in clan attack blaze" »
TUMBY BAY - Michael Dom and Paul Oates took issue with a comment I made about ethics and religion following an article by Chris Overland about the inexorable rise of stupidity in the 21st century, ‘The inexorable rise of the 21st century stupid’.
In my comment I wrote that you don’t “necessarily need religions to decide on what is right and what is wrong. All you need is a functioning brain."
Continue reading "The rules that guide us were created by us" »
| Pacific Media Watch
AUCKLAND - The New Zealand-based media research and publishing group, Asia Pacific Media Network, has called for an “urgent rethink” on Papua New Guinea’s draft media development policy.
The Network said the PNG government’s proposed regulation plan for the country’s media council and journalists threatened a free press.
Continue reading "New PNG media plan ‘threatens a free press’" »
Winnie Kiap CBE, PNG’s ambassador to the United Kingdom from 2011-22, and nominee for Governor-General
KELA KAPKORA SIL BOLKIN
PORT MORESBY - The position of Governor General in Papua New Guinea becomes vacant in February as Grand Chief Bob Dadae’s six-year tenure comes to an end.
In the history books, Sir Bob will be remembered as the only PNG Governor-General who served under the reign of both Queen Elizabeth ꓲꓲ and King Charles ꓲꓲꓲ.
And on Thursday his successor will be elected by the PNG parliament.
There has been much discussion in PNG recently about which women would qualify to be the first to hold this high office. Winnie Kiap is a leading contender.
Continue reading "Governor General election: Will parliament give meaning to PNG gender equality goals" »
LAE - He may have been hungry and desperate. He may have been dying to drink alcohol. He may have been just looking for luck.
He may have planned my day for this. Perhaps hiding in the thick grass, or behind the trees. Ready to pounce.
As I walked past, the street was quite empty.
Continue reading "Another innocent victim of a very cruel crime" »
ADELAIDE - Across many parts of the world people are enjoying - or enduring - the Christmas season.
This Christian celebration has long been stripped of its religious meaning in most of the capitalist Western world.
At best, it is a time for people to get together and enjoy the company of their family and friends.
But mostly it is a time too often devoted to over indulgence and conspicuous consumption.
Continue reading "Reflections on 2022: another era of instability " »
| Transparency International Papua New Guinea (TIPNG)
Edited extracts from the Civil Society Report on the Implementation of Preventive Measures
of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) in Papua New Guinea
PORT MORESBY - The overall findings of the report indicate that Papua New Guinea is only partially compliant with its obligations under the United Nations Convention against Corruption.
Furthermore, although laws and relevant agencies have been established to carry out these obligations, improvement is needed in areas where laws are inadequate and where UNCAC provisions are not strictly enforced.
Continue reading "PNG's corruption is systemic & worsening" »
LAE – Census data in Papua New Guinea have always been considered less a reflection of ground truth and more a best approximation based on available reported figures from household interviews.
(Rule of Thumb: Always have the salt handy.)
Rather than arguing theoretical knowledge, I'll make an educated guestimate of what's likely in terms of rural population growth rates.
Continue reading "Population: 'Mama, papa na faivpela pikinini'" »
“Deep sea mining is not wanted! The PNG government should be following in the footsteps of other Pacific states like Fiji, Samoa, Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia calling for a pause, moratorium or complete ban”
Alliance of Solwara members are leading the push against deep sea mining (Jonathan Mesulam)
PORT MORESBY - Community leaders from atolls and coastal communities in the Bismarck Archipelago and Solomon Sea region are calling for a ban on seabed mining and the cancellation of all seabed mining licenses in their Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
There are hundreds of communities in New Ireland, East New Britain, Manus, Madang, Bougainville, and Milne Bay provinces whose EEZ holds the fishery and tuna stock for Papua New Guinea.
Continue reading "Opposition grows to deep sea mining threat" »
The potion we received had five warheads: to make the person dumb, have the person drop dead at work, kill his wife, cause a car accident resulting in death and to have termites destroy his home
LEONARD FONG ROKA
PANGUNA - Sorcery is a belief system that is as old as Bougainville itself. It’s an integral part of the Bougainville people.
People believe in it, talk about it, kill each other over it and our society periodically dissolves into conflict because of it.
Continue reading "The time when we were innocent sorcerers" »
“The legacy we want to leave our children is simple. We want them to be able to live in an environment that is clean, healthy and safe. We do not want an ocean full of toxic waste” - Reverend Yasam Aiwara
| Say No to Wafi-Golpu
LAE - A coalition of Papua New Guinean and Australian civil society organisations has launched an international campaign to stop plans to dump hundreds of millions of tonnes of mining waste into Huon Gulf.
The Say No to Wafi-Golpu DSTP group is fighting to protect the ocean, marine ecosystems and coastal communities of Huon Gulf from becoming a dumping ground for the Wafi-Golpu copper and gold mine, one of the largest in the world, operated by Newcrest Mining and Harmony Gold.
Continue reading "Morobeans resist mining waste ocean dump" »
Fragile states emerged as an area of concern in the 1990s in the fields of security and development. This book (free to download) considers the dimensions of fragility that can be influenced by policy action
Children in a camp for internally displaced persons in northern Afghanistan (Eric Kanalstein, UN)
| Edited extracts
PORT MORESBY - Fragile states, amongst which I number Papua New Guinea, endanger the lives of citizens and expose societies to the risk of collapse.
When this happens, famine, violent disorder and economic distress can displace millions of people, with consequent impacts on surrounding regions.
Continue reading "How to stabilise PNG & other fragile states" »
I call it a curse for many reasons but I won't discuss them all. It's a curse because it really doesn't matter which government is in place or which CEO is appointed, no one - and I mean no one - has really addressed the blackout curse
PORT MORESBY - What is it? Is it some kind of magic or witchcraft? Is it a spell or incantation?
This is Papua New Guinea - a place where black power still rules the lives of citizens in the urban centres and rural areas.
Continue reading "The blackout curse that magic cannot fix" »
Ten years after Julia Gillard's landmark speech on misogyny, Dr Victoria Fielding examines why not much has changed and why Australia offers no template for addressing sexism in Papua New Guinea and elsewhere
In the Australian parliament in 2012, responding to opposition leader Abbott accusing her of 'sexism', prime minister Julia Gillard delivered a powerful speech against misogyny that gained global attention
ADELAIDE - This week, misogynist Steve Price decided to spew out his sexist opinion of the Australian women’s football league (AFLW), calling it “substandard” and that “even high school boys are better to watch”.
Price and the Herald Sun newspaper, which published his filth, don’t care about the damage this ‘opinion’ does to the AFL women players, the women and men who admire them and the young girls aspiring to be equal to their male peers.
Continue reading "Oz media treatment of women is no template" »
'Operating with cash only, ignoring company or goods-and-services tax obligations, importing goods through sometimes unorthodox channels....the Fujian businesses have been unbeatable competition at the bottom end of the consumer market'
"Periodically, mobs attack and ransack Chinese stores in PNG towns, as they also have in Honiara, the Solomon Islands capital"
| The Monthly | Extract
MELBOURNE - Who should Australia believe about China’s business and strategic interests in Papua New Guinea?
Aiambak, 469 kilometres up the Fly River from the Torres Strait, is on the frontier of China’s contemporary reach into the wider world.
Continue reading "The new breed of Chinese trading in PNG" »
Allowing the market to entirely determine the distribution of wealth without the cautious restraining hand of government has hugely exaggerated the economic gap between winners and losers
Annexation of Papua, 1885
ADELAIDE - Traditional Melanesian culture was organised in ways that were and are totally at odds with the prevailing capitalist economic system.
I would characterise the traditional way of life as being based upon a system of mutual obligation and communalism, whereby each member of a social group both contributed to the common good of the group and, in turn, received benefits from it.
Continue reading "The tragic legacy of Australian colonialism" »
Brutal torture of women accused of witchcraft goes unpunished and initiatives to end the crime make little progress. The government was supposed to fund the Sorcery National Action Plan, but it never happened
After torturing people accused of sorcery, the perpetrators burn down their homes and evict them from the village (Dickson Tanda)
| Al Jazeera
SYDNEY - Reports of machete-wielding men slashing innocent bystanders, arson attacks, sexual violence against girls, and the displacement of thousands of people during last month’s election in Papua New Guinea have drawn international condemnation.
But an even more insidious form of violence continues to plague the country: sorcery-accusation-related violence (SARV), the public torture and murder of women accused of witchcraft.
Continue reading "PNG fails to deter sorcery-related violence" »
As tribal conflicts unfold across the Highlands, safe access to health care is under threat. In conflict-affected parts of the country, clinics are in ruins and staff flee for their lives. These ongoing attacks are leaving many thousands without adequate access to health care
Rowena Kasunu, a missionary from the Kambia tribe in Southern Highlands Province, stands outside Katiloma village’s health-care clinic, which was attacked during a tribal fight and remains closed. The health post used to service four tribes in the area
| International Committee of the Red Cross
CANBERRA - 'Fighting in Papua New Guinea? Really?' This is the usual response I get when I tell people about the work the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) undertakes in PNG alongside the PNG Red Cross.
While only four kilometres in the Torres Strait separate Australia and PNG, an understanding of the struggles faced by our next-door neighbour is distant for most Australians.
Continue reading "Red Cross tries never to leave a victim behind" »
Sachs appears to be one of the New Appeasers whose starting premise is that Putin is a rational actor, not an unrepentant neo-imperialist whose territorial aspirations cannot be satisfied through negotiation or by conceding land for peace
Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron - the table perhaps symbolic of the distance between Putin's goals of empire and the New Appeasers desire for peaceful resolution
ADELAIDE - In his recent speech, ‘The world imperilled at the end of US leadership’, Jeffrey Sachs has advanced several propositions that are highly contestable.
Professor Sachs evidently believes that the underlying cause of the Russia-Ukraine War was the constant expansion of NATO – a military alliance of 28 European, Canada and the USA, which strongly supports NATO’s expansion.
Continue reading "Sachs’ & the New Appeasers have it wrong" »
Legislation will need to spell out the terms of Indigenous Treaties to ensure consistency with Australia's constitution and laws relating to land and access rights. This is not impossible but is bound to be complex and contentious
ADELAIDE - The history of Australian governments in dealing with Australia’s Indigenous peoples is very dismal indeed.
The now departed and unlamented Liberal-National Party government continued this tradition whereby weasel words were deemed an adequate substitute for meaningful action.
Continue reading "Indigenous treaties worth all the problems" »
Almost no organisations and government agencies have an anti-corruption strategy - even those responsible for protecting integrity
NOOSA - With the help of the European Union, Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) is seeking to persuade Papua New Guinea’s government agencies to adopt and implement explicit anti-corruption and integrity strategies.
It says it is doing this in the knowledge that few government agencies, including those responsible for protecting integrity and fighting corruption, do not have an anti-corruption strategy.
Continue reading "New push to adopt anti-corruption strategies" »
The ABC’S international media development unit supports democratic governance by strengthening public interest journalism capable of holding Asia-Pacific institutions to account
NOOSA - Like so many people before him, Daniel Mee stumbled by accident upon PNG Attitude –and liked what he saw.
Not just a treasure trove of information but a network of many hundreds of people who maintain a close affiliation with Papua New Guinea.
Continue reading "A fine project in which our readers can help " »
General Austin says the US is prepared to step up to be a leader and a guarantor of a free and open Indo-Pacific. "Big powers carry big responsibilities," he says
US defence secretary Lloyd Austin addresses the Shangri-La Dialogue summit in Singapore on Saturday (CNN)
BRAD LENDON & OREN LIEBERMANN
| CNN | Edited extracts
SINGAPORE – On Saturday, United States defence secretary Lloyd Austin called out China and vowed the US would stand by partners after a series of coercive, aggressive and dangerous actions that he said threatened stability in Asia.
"Indo-Pacific countries shouldn't face political intimidation, economic coercion or harassment by maritime militias," Austin said in a keynote speech to the Shangri-La Dialogue, Asia's premier defence conference.
Continue reading "China accuses US of garrisoning the Pacific" »
Most Pacific Island nations, including Papua New Guinea and Fiji, have not voiced opposition to the China-Solomons agreement and understand its context
National flags of Solomon Islands and China flutter in Tiananmen Square, Beijing (Reuters)
| East Asia Forum
SUVA - A draft security agreement between Solomon Islands and China was leaked on social media on 24 March 2022, sparking anxious reactions locally and internationally.
On 19 April, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin announced the agreement had been signed, and this was confirmed by Solomon Islands foreign affairs minister Jeremiah Manele.
Continue reading "Solomons: a better understanding is needed" »
Neo-liberalism's inherent flaws and contradictions have created mountainous debt and numerous socio-economic dysfunctions which have left the world’s economic and financial systems dangerously exposed
ADELAIDE - As an historian I am very wary about trying to predict the future based upon what has happened in the past or even what is happening in the present.
The record of those who predict the future with confidence is that they have been almost invariably wrong.
Continue reading "A rough guide to a challenging future" »
The people of Milne Bay have a point. They have the makings of prosperity and connectivity. But a road from the capital would not necessarily bring them anything but strife
ADELAIDE – Not long ago, Papua New Guinea’s prime minister James Marape convened a stakeholder meeting to discuss Connect PNG – a 20-year plan to increase strategic road connections across the country.
Australian high commissioner Jon Philp told the meeting that Australia continued to support strategic and high-quality infrastructure projects as a tool to promote economic prosperity.
Continue reading "Progress often needs more than a road" »
PNG will soon likely have a parliament of 118 seats with no women, one of only four national parliaments to present such a misogynistic face to the world
PNG politics - it's a man's, man's, man's, man's world
NOOSA - It would be easier to solve the Riddle of Tanglewood Manor than to extract from any reliable source precise and authoritative information about the election of Papua New Guinea’s 11th parliament.
But this we can be sure of. The election will extend for two weeks from 8 - 22 July. It will be for 118 seats. It will elect 22 governors and 96 MPs. That’s about it. Unless there’s a change.
Continue reading "Does PNG really dislike its women this much?" »
When Bougainville people sense a threat, or get the notion they might be dispossessed of land, they will fight and protect it with their lives if they have to
"Let us ensure our agreements hold because if we do the same thing over and over and expect a different result, our hopes will collapse like the benches around the mine pit"
SIMON PENTANU MP
| Bougainville News
KIETA - The benches that wound around the Panguna mine were a conspicuous feature of the humungous pit are still visible but either collapsing because of erosion by slow-seeping water or perhaps just tired of lying around with no purpose.
The pit is a massive ‘dingkung’ (hole) on Bougainville’s landscape; it is also a massive statement that people are capable of gutting the Earth’s resources and leaving the land wasted and torn when the riches have been extracted and shipped away.
Continue reading "Out of Pandora’s box: the Panguna paradox" »
As women make their mark across Papua New Guinea’s public service, the country is still shamed by its total lack of female national MPs
Emily Kelton has just retired from one of the most senior electoral positions in Papua New Guinea, but she sees not one woman holding a seat in the 111-member national parliament. Perhaps this will change with the election of a new 117-member parliament in July
MY LAND, MY COUNTRY
LAE – According to many candidates who stand for election in Papua New Guinea, politics and parliament is a “man’s place”.
So where do the half of the PNG population who are women fit in?
It is an uncomfortable question, an irritating rhetorical question - one to which we already know the answer. Too often it’s the wrong answer.
Continue reading "‘Why you doing a man’s job?’ I was asked" »
Washington is acting like Taiwan is already a fully-fledged ally and is willing to risk a regional war that can easily spin out of control
| South China Morning Post
HONG KONG - For Washington, containing China is more important than risking the lives of millions of people in the Asia-Pacific region.
Such a war will, after all, be fought on the other side of the world, so far as ordinary Americans – already sold on the evil of communist China and the benevolence of their own country – are concerned.
Continue reading "Is the USA prepping AsiaPacific for war?" »
Anthony Albanese has to prove himself capable of sorting out the considerable mess that Scott Morrison has left behind
If Albanese exercises democracy and wisdom in the cabinet room, we will have the best government we can have - and nobody can hope for anything more than that
NOOSA - Yesterday’s man under pressure has survived to become today’s hero – and I’m going to explain why.
For many Australians, the Labor Party’s win in Saturday’s national election seemed an unlikely victory.
Throughout his period as opposition leader, Anthony (Albo) Albanese had sought to present a target so small that nobody could take clear aim at it.
Continue reading "The timely end of a dangerous government" »
| Pearls & Irritations | Edited
Exploitation and abuse of Pacific Islands workers will be turbocharged as their numbers are being ramped up
CANBERRA - One of the symptoms of exploitation in the Pacific Access Labour Migration Scheme (PALMS) is the number of workers who abscond from their employer and apply for asylum.
Since late 2019, over 3,500 people from the Pacific Islands and Timor-Leste have applied for asylum.
Continue reading "The mess that is the Pacific workers scheme" »
Unloading a plane at the remote Marawaka airstrip
The silent crisis facing women and girls in rural Papua New Guinea
GOROKA - Last year in May, from Queens Pads PNG here in Goroka, I picked up a large box covered in black tape. The contents of this box were 300 reusable sanitary pads.
Reusable sanitary pads are a big step up from the disposable one-time use sanitary pads currently dominating what is termed the feminine hygiene market.
Continue reading "Addressing the silence of Period Poverty" »
ADELAIDE - While Phil Fitzpatrick's hypothesis in Dividing Not Blending: Multiculturalism in Oz, is broadly correct, I think it is wrong to say categorically that Australia is an unsuccessful multicultural society.
It would be more accurate to describe multiculturalism in Australia as emerging or evolving, presenting a society in which many of the institutional structures and arrangements have yet to adapt to emerging social and ethnographic realities.
Continue reading "Ethnic pressures versus white democracies" »
Suspicion towards Chinese people has grown since the virus emerged in Wuhan (AFP)
| South China Morning Post
It's easy for some politicians to deny racism in Australia when they are not members of targeted ethnic groups
SYDNEY – Another war is tearing through Australia’s civil society: a war of discrimination, racism and suspicion.
For three consecutive years, Australian politicians have commemorated Anzac Day, a time of remembrance of its war dead, with war-cries.
Continue reading "Anti-China racism as war talk stirs Oz" »
CAIRNS - In Abraham Lincoln’s time, messaging was limited to horse and rider and, as electronics became better understood, the telegraph.
News slowly developed as a commodity but, back then, it was largely confined to industrialised countries.
An event of significance happening in mid-19th century India might have appeared as a footnote in the London Times many weeks after the event.
Continue reading "A most desperate need for good leadership" »
Philippines new president Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr was an indulged youth whose excesses came at the expense of the ordinary people of the Philippines who suffered under his father's ruthless rule
SAMFORD VALLEY, QLD -The result of this week's presidential election in the Philippines are a reminder of the adage that ‘those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it’.
With the son of the former dictator and looter of the nation’s resources, Ferdinand Marcos Sr, winning the presidency in a landslide this week, the wheel of history turns and brings to mind the worst excesses of the past.
Continue reading "Bongbong wins on a myth as history wanes" »
NOOSA - The eminent journalist Scott Waide has accused the disgraced EMTV network of failing to provide a proper news service to Papua New Guinea after it sacked its entire news team in February.
The journalists had taken a stand against politically-inspired censorship triggered by coverage of the fraudulent misdeeds of a well-connected government crony.
Continue reading "Fired journos fight back with online service" »
Dr Shailendra Singh - "Social media can be empowering and liberating" (Dialogue Fiji)
| Asia Pacific Review | Edited
SUVA - Social media is a mixed bag, with both democratic and undemocratic tendencies. But then few things in life are perfect.
And in that regard social media poses a major dilemma. Not just in Fiji, but many countries that are grappling with how best to tackle it.
This includes even developed countries like Australia.
Continue reading "If mainstream media fails, social media saves" »
Illustration by Simon Kneebone
“I always like to firm up vinaigrettes with some facts” – Garry Luhrs
The email came with a tantalising opener, “Hi Keith - I would like this scandal to be advertised far and wide.” In my business, it doesn’t come more pulse-racing than that. The missive came from former kiap and forever humourist Garry Luhrs, but it had a serious message. “This misappropriation of aged care funds is right across the board. Every provider appears to have front trotters and snouts in the trough. They seem to be creaming up to 70% of the funds as administrative expenses. This requires a Royal Commission. Any assistance that you can provide will be greatly appreciated.” So folks, if after reading Garry’s revelations you find you’ve had a similar experience, just drop him an email or a note in the Comments section and make sure Garry adds your case to the growing list - KJ
WUNDOWIE, WA - Greetings and salutations, survivors of the great PNG experiment who are still on the perch!
Lend me your eyes and ears. I am in search of volunteers who would like to be recruited to accompany me on my last patrol.
Like Don Quixote I have picked up my drooping old lance and am setting out on this last epic patrol to tilt once more at the windmills of an uncaring bureaucracy.
Continue reading "The great ‘My Aged Care’ package scam" »
Stanley Gene blasts through the pack (Love Rugby League)
When Dr Clarrie Burke died in January 2019, there was an outpouring of grief in Papua New Guinea and Australia for a man who spent his life “in the service of educating and uplifting others”, as one PNG Attitude reader wrote. This article was published in September 2012 in Una Voce, the journal of the PNG Association of Australia (since renamed Kundu), titled ‘The times they began a’changing’ - KJ
BRISBANE - The time: 3 pm; date: August 14; year: 1960.
Anyone living in or visiting Port Moresby in the hours leading up to that time would have reckoned with the endless unbroken lines of cars and swollen streams of ‘native’* people on foot being directed by traffic police from both sides of Hubert Murray Highway into Lahara Avenue.
Continue reading "How PNG rugby league routed racism" »
When grass roots Papua New Guineans were asked about Australia and China, the results were not too flash for PNG's former colonial master
NOOSA - On the back of Australia's disastrous drubbing by China in the Solomon Islands, new research from Papua New Guinea has delivered more bad news for the Morrison government.
In 2021, a coalition of Papua New Guinean researchers embarked on an unprecedented endeavour.
Continue reading "PNG research: Oz lacks respect; China praised" »