The numbers are in, the analysis is done and the conclusions have been reached.
After years of receiving aid, the PNG people are worse off than before independence.
How can this have been allowed to happen?
Can it be that those in AusAID managing
Or has the political relationship been more important than the development relationship so precise arrangements aren’t important so long as the money flows?
The Australian PM declared after his visit to PNG last year that there’d be a change to the current aid program and this year Michael Somare has said it’ll be all over red rover by 2015.
But until then, what benchmarks exist for PNG aid deployment to be measured as successful before programs are renewed or re-financed?
And what outcomes are expected for the forecast Australian Federal Police assistance program? Will these be enunciated before any boots hit the ground?
US President Harry Truman had a sign on his desk that said 'The buck stops here'. In US vernacular this declared that Truman was ultimately responsible for decisions and that there would be no blame shifting.
Where does the buck stop in PNG?
The buck seems to stop nowhere. There is no buck passing or blame shifting because no-one takes responsibility for failure.
Before the last PNG election, Michael Thomas Somare promised many things to many people.
Could these now be labelled ‘MT promises’?