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15 February 2012


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I dare Bob Carr to implement his threat. He and his insensitive countryman have done it to Fiji and now they're looking to do the same to PNG.

With Fiji now courting China, only a dumb politician could not see the likely implications if PNG takes the same path.

Even after all these years it still amazes me that Aussies like Bob Carr have a limited grasp of PNG or Melanesian mentality. Only for this once I will agree with Belden Namah's comments.

Richard Cranston,
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Maybe the problem is that "kastom" varies from one PNG area to another so confusion reigns.

Someone needs to work hard at cementing in a process for ascertaining an accepted "PNG modern-day kastom" that works in the modern world and is fair to all.

Surely it will be a "blended kastom" and include ideas from all parts of PNG.

They need to have a good look at their attitudes to "money". Some of them had it traditionally, to others it is a new "invention".

I was reading about a recent funeral for a "big man" in East New Britain where thousands of dollars worth of traditional money was handed out to all who came to his funeral, the tradional custom in that area.

There seems to be an element of this type of action taking place everywhere in PNG all the time.

The way they view money and the way money is handled seems to be influenced by their belief that money needs to be spread evenly amongst everyone.

So if someone is wealthy you need not worry about paying him for something he has done for you.

But if you follow this kastom then money that should be used for investment in infrastructure ends up in the hands of private individuals who just use it for their own self-aggrandisement.

I'll leave it all up to the PNG experts. Just my little tingting tasol!

The link between this information and the above subject seems a little obscure.

Richard, as a former female politician said: 'please explain!'

And then there is the saga recently announced regarding BHP's re-entry to PNG.

The story, about these applications is rather interesting.
Apparently the former Minister, John Pundari, rejected BHP’s applications.

Thereafter the matter was closed, finished, end of story, etcetera.

The rejection of theh applications was sent to the Chairman of the Mining Advisory Council in a formal Ministerial Correspondance in the normal course of government business under the Mining Act.

Then, apparently, BHP got to Kepas Wali, Chairman of the Mining Advisory Council, through the Chamber of Mines.

My belief is they reached an agreement to ignore the Ministers decision and try again with Byron Chan.

This would be, of course, both illegal under the Mining Act, a clear abuse of process, and a corruption of the independence of the the Mineral Resources Authority.

Not to say, an utter contempt of the critical independence vested in the office of the Minister, who, under the Mining Act, is the only party legally entrusted by parliament with the decision to grant or not grant.

The Chamber of Mines has too much influence over the deliberative process under the Mining Act.

In this case, once the Honourable John Pundari made his decision, and directed that to the Chairman of the Mining Advisory Council, as a matter of Law, that was the end of the matter.

There is no review process available to neither BHP nor the Mining Advisory Council, who themselves, now have no jurisdiction under the Mining Act to consider the matter.

Nor can the Chairman of the Mining Advisory Council ignore the Ministers decision, which he clearly has.

Clearly, Kepas Wali, surrounded by all this money, is living in a fantasy land.

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