Author Leonard Fong Roka - "Why should I vote for the political leaders under which this rot is happening"
LEONARD FONG ROKA
PANGUNA - I re-entered the service of the Autonomous Bougainville Government in May 2017 after a short stint in late 2014-15.
My desire was a permanent career in the Bougainville Peace Agreement and Implementation Department’s referendum directorate. But, as the bosses said, I was kicked out for non-performance.
Continue reading "Me & corruption – a true story" »
Sam Koim - former corruption buster, now the new Commissioner-General of PNG's Internal Revenue Commission
| New Head of the Internal Revenue Commission | Edited extract
PORT MORESBY - My vision for the Internal Revenue Commission [IRC] is: “building the foundations of a robust, modern and efficient tax administration”.
Albert Einstein once said “intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them”. It is logical, not necessarily genius, to find lasting preventative measures instead of costly and repetitive firefighting solutions.
Continue reading "Sam Koim’s new appointment" »
Dr Paison Dakulala
| Radio New Zealand
AUCKLAND – A new appointment has been made to Papua New Guinea's embattled health department, after the former health secretary's contract expired this week.
Dr Paison Dakulala will take over on a three month contract after Pascoe Kase's contract expired on Monday and was not renewed.
Continue reading "Deputy takes over health hot seat" »
Governor Allan Bird - "Right now the only real check and balance is the individual"
| Governor, East Sepik Province
WEWAK - Our country is overrun with corruption because we do not have effective checks on power.
There is a complete lack of checks and balances in the system. In fact I would say that there aren’t any checks and balances at all.
We negotiate for an opportunity to spend money. Everyone spends public money, from the prime minister all the way to the local level government presidents, ward members and public servants.
Continue reading "PNG must change its spending systems" »
An elderly aunt in Indiana (not Phil Fitzpatrick's)
TUMBY BAY - I’ve got an elderly aunt in Indiana, USA, who thinks Donald Trump is wonderful. She was a volunteer in his 2016 election campaign and is thinking about doing it again this year.
My aunt thinks Barack Obama was the worst president that America ever had and that the Democrats are socialists who will destroy America.
Continue reading "The enigma of James Marape" »
In Greek mythology, Clio is the muse of history
ADELAIDE - Many readers may be as surprised as I was to learn that there is a thing such as cliodynamics, much less that it may have any role in explaining what is happening right now in Papua New Guinea and elsewhere.
Cliodynamics is defined as a transdisciplinary area of research (stay with me) integrating cultural evolution (how societies change over time), cliometrics (a form of economic history), macrosociology (the study of social systems and populations on a large scale), the mathematical modeling of historical processes over the very long term, and the construction and analysis of historical databases.
Continue reading "Cliodynamics & Bougainville" »
Disgraced former prime minister O'Neill. Despite Port Moresby gossip, police minister Kramer says O'Neill has no chance of making a comeback
BRYAN KRAMER MP
| Kramer Report | Extracts
MADANG - Following the election of James Marape as the eighth prime minister of Papua New Guinea in May 2019, there have been whispers in the corridors of Waigani and among certain members of the business community that strong believe Peter O’Neill will be returned as prime minister.
So what chance does O’Neill have returning as prime minister? The short answer is zero.
Continue reading "Will Peter O’Neill return as prime minister?" »
James Marape has one of the hardest jobs a national leader can face - ridding a country of corruption
MICHIGAN, USA - In the 18 December issue of The National, prime minister James Marape put the kibosh on unauthorised foreign travel by ministers of state.
He made it clear that ministers must receive permission from himself through the chief secretary before they travel to Australia, the United States or China.
Continue reading "Extreme corruption needs extreme response" »
South Bougainville community leaders want president John Momis to answer questions about finance minister Robin Wilson who is under investigation
BUKA - The community governments of South Bougainville have called upon Bougainville president John Momis to answer questions surrounding his embattled finance and treasury minister, Robin Wilson.
Mr Wilson is the subject of official corruption charges before Papua New Guinea’s national court and is under active investigation on a range of matters but retains his portfolio in the Momis cabinet.
Continue reading "B’ville finance minister under pressure" »
Buin is a truly beautiful part of the world but local leaders are angered by the actions of the Autonomous Bougainville Government
BUIN - The collective community governments of Buin District have petitioned the Bougainville government not to extend its term in office.
Chairpersons of the community governments claim the Bougainville government led by president John Momis has acted unconstitutionally and deprived the people of their right to democratically sound process.
Continue reading "That’s all you get, says Buin" »
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" »
"Is he an Aussie, is he, is he, is he an Aussie is he, eh? Is it because he's an Aussie, Lizzie, That he makes you dizzy, Lizzie?" (From the Vaults
BRYAN KRAMER MP
| Kramer Report
PORT MORESBY - On Thursday 14 November, former prime minister Peter O'Neill released a press statement announcing he had registered criminal complaints against me.
The complaints, made on 22 May 2019 and 28 October 2019, alleged I had made false citizenship claims against him, thus offending against sections 21 and 23 of the Cybercrime Act.
Continue reading "O’Neill: Izze an Ozzie izze Lizzie…..?" »
"True development comes not when more money comes into the treasury but when the mindset changes"
SONOMA – The words of writers live longer than the ploys of many politicians. Writers influence every successive generation. Their legacy lasts long.
I believe in the power of writing and it is a power that has no peer.
The world is changing and Papua New Guinea is changing in terms of buildings and roads and education and international relationships and development.
Continue reading "Push the power of the pen" »
Port Moresby's new Gordons Market - symbol of progress or another chance to sink into chaos and anarchy?
BUSA JEREMIAH WENOGO
PORT MORESBY - The much talked about refurbished Gordons Market was officially opened on the 31 October at a cost of K30 million, most of the funds coming from the New Zealand Government and the National Capital Development Commission.
The market is said to be the biggest fresh produce market in the Pacific and will cater for up to 1,500 vendors.
Continue reading "Is Gordons a turning point for PNG markets?" »
NOOSA – The Papua New Guinea chief justice, Sir Gibbs Salika, has made an extraordinary intervention in politics by lodging a complaint against police minister Bryan Kramer alleging he has spread “a false or misleading report”.
And Salika’s letter of complaint was quickly leaked to Facebook.
Continue reading "O’Neill: Chief justice’s shock intervention" »
Ian Ling-Stuckey and his Treasury team – “The budget process is a tough one – a demanding one requiring balancing different claims on a very limited pot of money”
IAN LING-STUCKEY MP
| PNG Treasury Minister
PORT MORESBY - Budget repair is difficult. It requires an honest approach, one that exposes the economic lies of the O’Neill years.
It requires an ability to make tough decisions, such as the K1,482 million spending cuts in the 2019 supplementary budget.
Continue reading "Limited pot of money, says Treasurer" »
James Marape - "This is nothing tribal or personal but a national strategy to stabilise political numbers to give me and government security and cohesiveness"
JAMES MARAPE MP
PORT MORESBY – On Friday I had the unpleasant task of decommissioning some fine Papua New Guinean leaders but at the same time uplifting leaders of the National Alliance and the United Resources Party into cabinet.
Government needs a cohesive and coherent mindset and, because I was leading a big coalition of over 105 MPs over the last five months, sometimes I was kept busy managing politics rather than the country due to differences of opinions from amongst different political parties in government.
Continue reading "For PNG's good, an unpleasant political task" »
Phil Fitzpatrick - "Perhaps politicians see an educated and literate public as a danger"
TUMBY BAY - When Keith Jackson and I were managing the Crocodile Prize in the years after 2011 when it was conceived, we debated whether it might be a good idea to seek the support of government.
On the one hand the funding government could inject into the prize would have been valuable. But on the other hand, the meddling, self-aggrandisement and corruption that might have come attached to that money was strong.
Continue reading "Do politicians actually read books?" »
The photo of Bryan Kramer MP and Dr Chakriya Bowman in the front seat of a vehicle. The image was later doctored to airbrush out the other passengers
NOOSA – Following his exposure of Peter O’Neill’s efforts to evade arrest on allegations of corruption, Papua New Guinea police minister Bryan Kramer says he has been subjected to a barrage of social media smears from supporters of the former prime minister.
In a Facebook post entitled ‘Desperate times calls for desperate measures’, Mr Kramer yesterday hit back at people he called “O’Neill loyalists” who he said had decided to avoid the real issue of the allegations against O’Neill.
Continue reading "Dirty tricks & desperate measures" »
Peter O'Neill - Says he didn't run away from justice. So can we expect him back in PNG some day soon?
| PNG Breaking News
PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea's former prime minister Peter O'Neill has denied a claim that he has fled the country to avoid being arrested
This is despite police last week withdrawing an arrest warrant for Mr O'Neill after his lawyers had launched a legal challenge to its validity.
Continue reading "Just seeing my kids, says O’Neill" »
The O'Neill arrest warrant at left was issued by the court to police. Note that the appropriate box is ticked. On the right is the fake warrant produced and submitted by O’Neill and his lawyers to mislead the court. The signatures are also different
BRYAN KRAMER MP
PORT MORESBY – On Friday, I published Part 1 of the O’Neill story, providing an insight into the events that took place in relation to an arrest warrant obtained by Police on 11 October 2019 against former prime minister Peter O’Neill.
To recap, the national court granted a temporary stop order preventing police from arresting O’Neill until the matter returned to court on Monday 21 October.
Continue reading "O’Neill saga Part 2: Fakes & flakes" »
Peter O'Neill in PNG parliament's car park with assistant police commissioner Anthony Wagambie Jnr, refusing to leave until his lawyers moved to prevent his arrest
BRYAN KRAMER MP
PORT MORESBY – Former prime minister Peter O'Neill flew out of Port Moresby to Sydney on Friday an hour before a national court ruling on a judicial review concerning the validity of an arrest warrant against him.
In this article I will review the background facts of this dramatic event.
Continue reading "Peter O'Neill flees as arrest looms" »
Oops, prime minister, you just blew up your credibility in one crazy decision. Or will Mr Ngangan take this one himself on behalf of the team?
NOOSA – Last Thursday, when James Marape despatched his bureaucrat Ken Ngangan to advise the public through the Post Courier newspaper that all 111 members of parliament will get vehicles from the APEC fleet “for their electoral duties”, he must have anticipated there would be a strong reaction.
After all, the purchase of the vehicles a year ago had triggered a story that travelled around the world a few times before hitting the ground as yet another example of the greed and excess of the O’Neill government – which Marape and his brothers deposed in May bringing hope to the nation.
Continue reading "Brutal reaction to handout of luxury cars to MPs" »
Lots to laugh about - James Marape and friends. The prime minister is looking forward to taking out his new K510,000 Bentley Flying Spur for a spin
NOOSA – It seems Papua New Guinea's prime minister James Marape is joining the global elite as the owner of a near new Bentley super-luxury Flying Spur.
And the people of PNG have every reason to feel betrayed.
The starting price of a Flying Spur in Australia is K510,000. Marape’s is one of three purchased along with 40 Maseratis and scores of other luxury vehicles for last year’s Asia-Pacific summit, APEC.
Continue reading "Country gutted as luxury cars go to MPs" »
O'Neill and Marape in happier times - Phil Fitzpatrick writes that now Marape needs to act against O'Neill to preserve the credibility of his own leadership
TUMBY BAY - When politicians make a commitment to the public, whether at an election or in the course of governing, they are essentially laying their credibility on the line.
Even if the commitment is something they know will be hard to deliver, it still reflects on their credibility if they fail.
And, if this happens, a shrewd politician will admit to the failure and ask the public to understand that they tried.
Continue reading "For his credibility, Marape needs to gaol O’Neill" »
"If not transferred to Australia, they will be on the streets of our capital city, their days numbered at the hands of thugs or as a result of starvation and sickness" - Fr Giorgio Licini
FR GIORGIO LICINI
PORT MORESBY - The debate rages on about the possible repeal of the so-called Medevac Bill in the Australian Senate.
The politically divisive legislation came into force in March this year allowing about 140 seriously ill asylum seekers and refugees to seek medical treatment in Australia from the offshore processing centers of Nauru and Papua New Guinea.
Continue reading "Medevac Bill - a matter of life or death" »
Joseph Nobetau - "My continued work to address corruption and hold law breakers to account was causing some political discomfort"
BUKA - Sidelined Bougainville chief secretary, Joseph Nobetau, has declined to accept an offer to compensate him for his termination from office by the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG).
“The ABG’s lawyer presented me with a cheque for K660,692.80 together with a deed of release in which I would be expected to waive my constitutional rights,” Mr Nobetau said.
Continue reading "Nobetau declines payout; seeks day in court" »
Shila Paia - "Is O’Neill above the law? None of us is above the law. We call on him to be prosecuted and to comply with legal proceedings"
SHILA YUKULI PAIA
ADELAIDE - I am a proud Papua New Guinean who will always stand very tall and speak boldly, loudly and clearly knowing that PNG is one of the best democracies.
In this context I have some observations to make on the saga of the attempted arrest of former prime minister Peter Charles Paire O'Neill, another critical moment in the history of PNG’s political development.
Continue reading "The opportunist who came & now must go" »
Eddie Tanago - Act Now has identified 19 measures the government should use to attack corruption
| Campaign Manager | Act Now!
PORT MORESBY - International research shows that corruption is costing Papua New Guinea billions of kina every year. It is ruining our economy and impoverishing the nation.
If the government is serious about making PNG ‘the richest black nation on earth’ then it must introduce a raft of reforms to ensure we have open and transparent government.
Continue reading "Corruption costs billions, trashes economy" »
Alphonse Mek - "Marape is our country’s prayer answered – the leader who emerged after eight years of dejection"
ENGA - Since James Marape, this son of a Seventh Day Adventist pastor, became prime minister of this blessed nation, there have been many criticisms, denunciations as well as condemnation on the subject of his theme to make it “the richest black Christian nation in the world.”
The theme is not new, because God has already blessed this nation more than the rest of the Pacific island nations as well as at a global level.
Continue reading "MPs should not condemn Marape’s dream" »
Albert Schram - "The human spirit craves for liberty and justice. Both have a strange way of being unstoppable in their paths"
The last of three articles based on Chapter 4 of Dr Schram’s memoir, ‘Experiences of a Vice Chancellor in Papua New Guinea’. Link here to read the full chapter
“Our lives are a battlefield on which is fought a continuous war between the forces that are pledged to confirm our humanity and those determined to dismantle it; those who strive to build a protective wall around it, and those who wish to pull it down; those who seek to mold it and those committed to breaking it up...." (Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Kenyan writer and academic)
VERONA - Despite the disastrous economic situation in Papua New Guinea while I was UNITECH vice chancellor from 2012 to 2018, and the far from propitious operating environment, we were able to produce many positive changes at the university.
Continue reading "There cannot be peace without justice" »
Albert Schram's doctorate was four times legitimised - by the awarding entity in Europe, twice by independent inquiries in PNG and once by a PNG court - but its veracity was constantly questioned by political enemies who wanted him out
The second of three articles based on Chapter 4 of Dr Schram’s memoir, ‘Experiences of a Vice Chancellor in Papua New Guinea’. Link here to read the full chapter
“There are some people, be they black or white, who don’t want others to rise above them. They want to be the source of all knowledge and share it piecemeal to others less endowed” (Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Kenyan writer and academic)
VERONA - People have asked me if standing up against corruption and speaking truth to power was difficult. For me it never was. We all know what is right and what is wrong.
Continue reading "PNG’s odd racialised post-colonial morality" »
Albert Schram and graduates - 50% of highlands' university students are unable to pay their fees on time
ALBERT SCHRAM | Edited
The first of three articles based on Chapter 4 of Dr Schram’s memoir, ‘Experiences of a Vice Chancellor in Papua New Guinea’. Link here to read the full chapter
"We think of politics in terms of power and who has the power. Politics is the end to which that power is put" (Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Kenyan writer and academic)
VERONA - I want to thank my more than 7,000 followers on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for their encouraging comments on this series, and Keith Jackson for publishing the short versions.
Continue reading "Delusional O’Neill's calamitous legacy " »
Leonard Roka - "We have paid a heavy cost for development on Bougainville over the past 50 years – too big a cost to now fall into a pit of corruption"
LEONARD FONG ROKA
PANGUNA - As a cocoa farmer and education entrepreneur in Panguna without official responsibilities in the Autonomous Bougainville Government or public service, I have no influence over the decisions my necktie-wearing, long-sleeved and shiny-booted bureaucrats take in their fine Buka offices and elsewhere in the province.
But I can talk as a Bougainvillean who endured the pain during the 10 year civil war after 1988 and who strongly desires to see my Solomon Island of Bougainville progress to nationhood. That is our goal and we have paid for it with our tears and our blood.
Continue reading "Bougainville’s freedom depends on killing corruption" »
Isaac Lupari chairs MRDC where "everything it does is shrouded in secrecy"
MP for Moresby North-West and former Prime Minister
PORT MORESBY - The Mineral Resources Development Corporation (MRDC) needs to publish up-to-date audited details of its group finances since PNG LNG gas production began in mid-2014.
MRDC manages landowner equity interests in both mining and petroleum projects and is chaired by chief secretary Isaac Lupari.
Continue reading "Pressure on MRDC to come clean on LNG revenue" »
SONOMA - From James Marape’s maiden political discourse emerged two critical enablers for achieving the dream to ‘Take Back PNG’: a workable plan and bold action
Every politician and statesman makes grandiose speeches presenting compelling narratives of an attractive and prosperous future for their nation.
They reveal to the people a vision that looks bright and seems achievable. A vision, of course, is not about the present but the future.
Continue reading "We've heard the rhetoric – now plan & execute" »
James Marape - "Let's show the world that Melanesian consensus can provide answers to PNG's internal problems"
JAMES MARAPE MP
| Edited extract from an address by prime minister Marape to the Bougainville House of Representatives, Wednesday 11 September
BUKA – Forty-four years ago, we claimed independence from colonial rule over our land and resources.
Yet some legacies and shackles we still try to get out of today show that both Papua New Guinea and Bougainville are not truly independent in terms of economic strength.
Continue reading "Unity in diversity: why we’re still together 44 years on" »
Hand-outs to politicians for development purposes are being abused and need to be abolished say Cathoic bishop - and many other people
MICHIGAN, USA - The District Services Improvement Program (DSIP) and Provincial Services Improvement Program (PSIP) are both valued highly by members of parliament in Papua New Guinea because they allow MPs considerable discretion in how the money is used.
For the last several years I’ve been paying particular attention to this DSIP and PSIP spending.
While DSIP and PSIP have great potential for development at the same time both programs can suck MPs into corruption.
Continue reading "Time to crack down on MPs stealing public funds" »
Peter O'Neill has been been exaggerating the value of funding he provided for district development
MICHIGAN, USA - Former prime minister Peter O’Neill seems slow to understand the implications of the reality that he is no longer the leader of Papua New Guinea.
He thinks that when new prime minister James Marape attempts to pass legislation that he disagrees with, that he can tell the untruths he was able to get away with during his seven years in power.
Continue reading "O’Neill continues to deceive on district funding" »
Sir Mekere Morauta - New revelations affirm prime minister Marape’s decision to hold an inquiry into MRDC
SIR MEKERE MORAUTA
PORT MORESBY - New information about the scandal-plagued Mineral Resources Development Corporation has become available, reinforcing the urgent need for an inquiry into its operations and the status of the hundreds of millions of kina it manages on behalf of landowner companies.
There is now a mountain of allegations about MRDC and its landowner subsidiaries. I expect that in the coming weeks more will be revealed about their dubious activities and the real value of the investments they have made, purportedly in the interest of landowners.
Continue reading "Mountain of allegations about MRDC scandal" »
Black Christian Countries (Source: Devpolicy Blog)
ANDREW KORYBKO | Eurasia Future
MOSCOW - The new prime minister of Papua New Guinea only entered office a few months ago after a long-running political scandal led to the resignation of his predecessor, Peter O'Neill.
But he’s already making waves with his ambitious vision of turning this resource-rich but poverty-stricken island country into “the richest black Christian nation on earth”.
James Marape made his Trump-like nationalist proclamation in late July during his visit to Australia, which was his first foreign trip since assuming his position.
Here he also spoke about his plan of one day “participating with Australia looking after smaller island nations”.
Continue reading "Can PNG become the 'richest black Christian nation on earth'?" »
Patrick Pruaitch will go to PNG supreme court - apparently still sore at the failure of his tactics to deny James Marape's election as prime minister
SONALI PAUL | Reuters | Edited
MELBOURNE - Papua New Guinea’s supreme court will hear a challenge to the election of prime minister James Marape, a lawyer for opposition leader Patrick Pruaitch, who has taken the matter to court, said on Friday.
The case, set for Friday 20 September, adds to political turmoil that has delayed progress on two important resources projects in PNG this year: a K30 billion plan to double its gas exports, led by Exxon Mobil Corp and Total SA, and plans to build a major new gold mine, Wafi-Golpu, led by Newcrest Mining.
The PNG parliament elected Marape as prime minister in May, when his predecessor Peter O’Neill quit after losing support from his own party over a range of grievances, including a gas deal with France’s Total.
Continue reading "Marape election faces challenge in PNG supreme court this month" »
David Manning, whose replacement of Francis Tokura as acting police commissioner has created a few waves
BRYAN KRAMER MP | Minister for Police | Edited extracts
PORT MORESBY – This week the National Executive Council (NEC) revoked the appointment of Acting Police Commissioner Francis Tokura and appointed Acting Deputy Commissioner (Operations) David Manning in his place.
The reason behind this decision was twofold.
Firstly, to reinstate Mr Tokura to his substantive position as Deputy Police Commissioner for Bougainville to oversee the preparation and conduct of the Bougainville referendum in November.
Last week, member for South Bougainville Timothy Masiu raised an issue on the floor of Parliament over the decision to remove Mr Tokura as the head of Police on Bougainville, placing him as the Acting Commissioner for Police.
Continue reading "Kramer explains reasons for Tokura-Manning RPNGC switch" »
Governor Allan Bird and Governor Gary Juffa - two eminent independent politicians join the Marape government
GOVERNOR ALLAN BIRD | My Land, My Country
WEWAK - To my beloved Sepik people, I make this explanation because I am accountable to you all.
When the [political] events of 2011 came about, I was outspoken against it. Since 2011, the economic climate in Papua New Guinea has continued to deteriorate at an alarming rate.
The East Sepik Provincial Government was particularly punished from 2011–17 because of the position taken by Sir Michael Somare.
Our grants were cut consistently by more than 80% during that period. This was unjust, uncalled for and vicious way to treat the Sepik people.
I stood against People’s National Congress [the part of Peter O’Neill] and it’s vindictive and punitive practice and policies in 2017 and won elections on that basis.
Over the past two years we fought the PNC government. During the vote of no confidence, we tried to depose PNC with the help of the Marape splinter group.
We worked hard to remove PNC. Things didn’t work out well but we kept pushing.
Continue reading "Plans for a coup against Marape led me to join the government" »
Happier Days! Peter O'Neill and James Marape were the closest political colleagues. No more.
STATEMENT BY JAMES MARAPE MP
| Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea
PORT MORESBY - It is after careful consideration that I announce the decommissioning of Hon Richard Maru as a Minister of State.
Regrettably, this comes as a result of ongoing collaboration with parliamentary leader of PNC Party Hon Peter O’Neill - as well as key leaders in opposition including Hon Patrick Pruaitch and Hon Belden Namah - to actively undermine the Marape-Steven government.
After 89 days in office, it has become clear to the Pangu Party I co-lead that we need to break free of the PNC Party and its negative influence.
The Take Back PNG agenda requires a unified team of like-minded leaders, and it is now clear that this requires freedom for Pangu to lead with its new and bold identity.
Continue reading "Marape sacks ‘negative influence’ O’Neill & PNC" »
SONOMA - Cultivating leaders with moral principles is a societal responsibility to fill the leadership void in every age.
The story of Daniel in the Bible provides a template for how leaders with moral principles can be cultivated, to become a beacon and a moral force in a world washed in moral decay.
Another historic example who fits this mold is Abraham Lincoln who was raised in humble circumstances, developed a passion to learn and taught himself law, philosophy, rhetoric and mathematics.
One of the many books Lincoln devoured was the Bible, and the precepts found in that ancient book transformed and elevated him to become the president of America. His most memorable speech - the Gettysburg address – opens with a quote from Psalm 90.
The lives of these two moral giants show that leaders with principles can be cultivated.
Continue reading "PNG needs principled leaders to guide us to a better state" »
WABAG - If there is one thing Enga governor Sir Peter Ipatas wants to see happen in Enga Province, it is to see his people prosper in a peaceful environment.
He would like many tourists to come annually to events like this Friday’s Enga Cultural Show or to major sporting events like the recent rugby match between Easts Tigers and PNG Hunters in the Queensland Intrust Super Cup completion.
The promotion of tourism is now one of the major policies of the Enga Provincial Government and it aims to promote peace in the province and enable the people to tap into the lucrative tourism industry.
Governor Ipatas has personally involved himself in bringing in visitors like birdwatchers and people who wanted to see how traditional salt was made at Mulisos Yokonda Salt ponds near Sirunki.
Continue reading "Law & order must be nambawan priority of government: Ipatas" »
James Marape and Scott Morrison - what image do they want us to see? And how closely does it relate to the real leader?
TUMBY BAY – Keith’s now in London and getting a first hand experience of Britain’s transition to the rule of Boris Johnson and it will be interesting to watch how Boris the new prime minister progresses.
I'm not quite sure what image of himself he is trying to project and what he hopes will capture the minds of the credulous voters of the United Kingdom.
It is also still a mystery what sort of image Papua New Guinea’s James Marape is trying to project.
On the one hand he is trying to establish himself as someone who will not tolerate being leaned on by Australia while he has also projected an image of a transparent communicator with a strong bias against corruption.
I don't think anyone since Michael Somare has managed to manufacture a persona with such wide appeal in PNG and I'm not sure Marape (unlike Bryan Kramer for instance) has the charisma to do it.
One of the most appealing aspects of Michael Somare, at least when he was younger, was that he would actually answer questions put to him. This was very refreshing and quite unusual. He was a bit like Bob Hawke in this respect.
Continue reading "Let's try to work out who the authentic politicians are" »
James Marape - ridding Papua New Guinea of corruption is one of his major goals
TUMBY BAY - In 2005, the late Ulli Beier published ‘Decolonising the Mind’, an account of his time as a lecturer at the University of Papua New Guinea between 1967 and 1971.
The book was published by Pandanus Books, established in 2001 by the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University and eventually discontinued in 2006 following budget cuts.
While it existed Pandanus was a prolific publisher of, among other things, Papua New Guinean matters for both an academic and general readership.
Its demise cut off a valuable tool for furthering an understanding of the Papua New Guinean and Australian relationship.
Continue reading "James Marape’s quest to finally decolonise Papua New Guinea" »
Scott Morrison and James Marape - beanie clad and doing the populist footie thing
ADELAIDE – Strangely, while politicians as a class are seriously on the nose across the democratic world, individual politicians appear to remain popular within their own electorates, even if they clearly are not people of the highest moral or ethical character.
The former Australian deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce immediately springs to mind as an example of this.
Papua New Guinea has all too many examples of ethically-compromised politicians who remain very popular in their electorates. It must be the beer and lamb flaps effect at work.
More pragmatically, I put this phenomenon down to the fact that politicians, in their day to day work, spend a lot of time helping ordinary people navigate the labyrinthine byways of the government bureaucracy, thus building a reservoir of goodwill that they can draw upon when elections come around.
Continue reading "Governments we deserve, but not governments we need" »