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24 September 2011

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Harry, aren't the words of the Oath of Office something like "I will well and truly serve".... etc.

The word and meaning of 'Service' is in the eye of the beholder. We get a bull to 'service' our cows, for example.

What is needed is an Oath that will put the acid test on any intentional contempt and dishonesty while 'serving' the people as their representative.

The Oath of Office I'm suggesting is not new and must be taken as a prerequisite prior to being elected. It must be legally binding on the aspiring politician IF they are elected.

The new ICAC being proposed by Mr O'Neill can then apply the test on any 'public service' being undertaken while in Office.

Hang on here Paul, don't PNG pollies - like their Ozzie counterparts - have to take some form of oath before the GG when they are duly elected?

The problem is, as I see it, that the Ombudsman role is not really suited or meant to be that of having to play policeman on the goings on of the politicians and, without an upper house in existence, what's probably needed is a form of judicial commission which has the full backing of the judiciary to have all complaints of wrong doings by politicians referred to.

That way the Ombudsman's untenable position as a single entity without any real teeth could then be utilised as a referral agent thus removing any possible delaying tactics by aggrieved politicians through subsequent injunctions to the high court.

PNG is not unique in having political liars elected.

The problem is, once they are elected, you then have to wait until the next election to get rid of them. In PNG's case, that's a five year wait. In Oz, even 3 years seems far too long.

If only we could have a Charter of Honesty that must be signed as a prerequisite to being elected.

Then if those elected could be held legally liable, a simple presentation of facts by the Independent Commission Against Corruption could depose them.

The real problem is that politicians are so frightened of saying anything that they can be held accountable for they have developed a 'double speak' whereby they actually say very little except platitudes and utter nothing of any real substance.

What's the answer? What about electing only those who have a proven record of achievement and who know they will be positively be held accountable.

Guess what? A cynic might say you'll never get anyone in their right mind to nominate.

There seems to be a big difference between Peter O'Neill and Michael Somare.

O'Neill is actually talking about the problems of common PNG people, unlike Somare, who was in denial that anything was wrong.

This might be some sort of spin with the upcoming elections in mind but I think its more sincere than that. A politician without a big ego is a valuable thing.

Even if he has a few question marks over previous financial dealings, O'Neill certainly seems like the best game in town.

I heard an interesting story while in Moresby. When they were about to depart for NZ for the Pacific Islands Forum Peter's wife, Linda, refused to travel on the Falcon jet because she thought it represented everything bad about the previous government.

Apparently it took Peter a while to convince her that the jet had been handed over to Air Niugini and that his government had actually paid to charter it.

She eventually agreed but reported that the plane was in a terribly dirty condition inside; the result of it being used to shuttle around the country buying taro and kaukau and being sent back to Moresby to pick up things the Somare's had forgotten on their way home.

Its only a rumour but seems to be a believable one.

The Prime Minister's wife seems to be a gutsy lady.

Right man! Those before him, especially the power-hungry old man, Sir Michael, whom I hate for a few remarks he made to us Bougainvilleans in the 90s, are very good at boasting about 'positive economic growth' whilst the socio-economic indicators paint a negative gait.

PNG should always get its development position in the villages, slums, urban streets and the daily lives of our people and stop conning the people.

It will be good if we start getting rid of liars in 2012.

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