IN HIS usual
combative, rapid-response, fire from the hip style, our intrepid John ‘Moses’
Fowke did not answer his own question of how
John avoided the big issue question stimulated by the article What should Australia do about PNG while seeming to deny that AusAID is an ongoing problem.
John’s response would have been more helpful if it touched upon key areas requiring change other than local level government.
For example, should we turn our back on AusAID, considering its ineffectiveness ('boomerang aid'), or do we try to make it better.
Perhaps AusAID should be scrapped and Austrade substituted in a partnership arrangement between our two countries. I think so.
PM Julia Gillard needs to rethink
AusAID has come under criticism because much of its aid
boomerangs back to
I agree with Moses that the educated middle class should work together to turn the country around and I agree this is every citizen's job, from PM Somare to the villager.
That said, this strategy of getting everyone working together will take a long time; but change; no matter how hard, will eventually come to PNG.
Despite DFAT's best efforts over the years to improve AusAID's deficiencies, aid recipients like PNG are still complaining that effectiveness needs to be improved.
Local aid projects need to be better factored into the government's own development plans so they can be better managed and have their progress monitored to pre-determined milestones.
AusAID is a one-sided policy contributing to political corruption in PNG.
A new trade policy between PNG and
I am confident Julia Gillard can go one better than both John Howard and Kevin Rudd.
You can link here to a
trade fact sheet focusing on