BY KEITH JACKSON
PAPUA NEW GUINEA BLOGGER, buai seller and former medical student, Martyn Namorong, has been honoured by Deakin University in Melbourne by being invited to present a paper at a forthcoming conference on PNG.
Martyn has been asked to be part of an expert panel who will present on the subject of Youth sub-cultures: identity and land rights in contemporary PNG at the PNG in Transition Conference to be held on the university’s Geelong campus.
But there’s a problem. (There’s always a problem!)
Not only will PNG’s leading (and most courageous) public voice on social issues have to find his own way to the conference (a somewhat daunting task if you’re flogging buai in the markets of Koki and Badili), he’s going to have to stump up the necessaries for air travel, accommodation and expenses.
And, to add insult to injury, the university types who organise these things want Martyn to unfold $250 for the conference and the conference dinner, even though he’s their guest.
Here at PNG Attitude we’re seeing what can be done to identify funding for Martyn’s trip but, as you might expect, we may need to call on the assistance of readers if the other channels don’t come up with the readies.
The conference is hosted by the Alfred Deakin Research Institute in partnership with the Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles.
We’ll keep you informed.
By the way, if Martyn’s visit to Australia can be arranged, with the help of readers we’ll also be seeking to organise speaking engagements in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra.
Email me here if you believe you can assist.