BY HENRY SIMS
REGINALD RENAGI suggests that scrapping the PNG Defence and Police would not be effective cost cutting because economically strong countries rely upon the Military to protect national interests.
Equally eye-catching in PNG Attitude 148 (the newsletter) is Reg’s six-point plan for improved government, which includes essentials such as having an independent Speaker and a non-politicised parliament. [Apolitical politicians, now that is a new approach to governance!]
John Fowke wishes to change AusAID from funding wasteful “capacity-building and produce-marketing programs provided by contracted service providers” and recommends the deployment of NGO’s and the Military “to ensure health, medical and emergency services are delivered”.
seems the military may be needed because Medicins Sans Frontieres, who manage
I love John’s preferred refinement of service providers: no “spoilt graduate pups from Oz suburbia, kiddiecrats” and (God forbid) no “mid-life-crisis-sufferers sent by the aid mafia.” [Right on!]
Paul Oates’ calls for Police action on a K15M fraud case, while Timothy King writes on claims by the UN that PNG Police grossly abuse suspects’ human rights and freedoms, probably because the law frequently allows violent criminals to walk out of jail and re-offend.
Sam Basil iterates an headline that there are “Laws for rich and poor” in as much as Ombudsman, Police, Public Prosecutor and Magisterial Service are seen to be politicised. [Heaven forbid, we do not want that lot in parliament!]
And my dear Joe Wasia feels that any change in PNG society must come from within, na bung-wuntaim olsem the Waimin tribe from Wapenamanda. [Possibly because of the good fortune brought about by reading the Good Book.]
Donald Hook highlights the appointment of three senior lawyers to advise the PNG Solicitor General, which is analysed negatively by Agatha Ayii and Paul Oates, who both feel certain that qualified “experts” are available within PNG.
Paul sharpens both sides of his quill by thoughtfully providing six points for inclusion in the contracts for the three lawyers. There are other writers who claim that locally produced experts often become “expatriate” and seek bigger money offshore. [It is also possible that some local law “experts” remain in country and dip their snouts into multi-million kina rip-offs, seemingly with political immunity.]
Our Keith Jackson is upset that 50 percent of AusAID money is wasted on consultants: with nearly 360 technical assistants delivering very little of substance.
The Australian Foreign Minister, Stephen Smith, says his country is committed to providing “value for money” advisers, but the PNG Foreign Minister Sam Abal feels that the size of the contract payments is a problem. [We are back to local “experts” again.]
Lowy Institute reports on an Australian national poll concerning aid delivery,
but Oates and
There is no doubt PNG has Attitude! What a blog!
This is Henry’s first contribution to PNG Attitude, and we wish him many more. “Thanks for the privilege of allowing me to join in on your blog,” he writes. “I have submitted a tongue-in-cheek item for you to consider for posting. I sign my name to it and look forward to the flack. Please know that I just love what you are doing. Keep up the good work and advise me of any ‘Rules of Engagement’.
The only rules of engagement is that we fight fair and clean, as you do Henry - KJ