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03 March 2012

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Thanks for this story, Leonard. It helps one understand one example of "corruption" in PNG today.

I remember back in the 1970s when Australians would come to PNG for a visit and befriend PNG village people and probably give them some gifts, often, when the Australians returned home, they would get amazing letters from these PNG village people asking for all sorts of things, cameras, clothes etc etc...cargo i come!

I guess it all goes back to the fact that over the past century so many PNGeans have been moving from a subsistence economy to one where money is involved.

But they have not yet learnt the true meaning of money and do not seem to understand that it is a precious commodity and one which has to be earned, and when acquired, used wisely.

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