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23 December 2013


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Barbara, it is called 'neck politics' by those who practice it. When the MPs return home they are pestered to give. The people want free handouts so they can enjoy life.

Those who do not and can not play this type of politics isolate themselves and stand the chance of losing the next election.

The former MP for Sinasina Yongomugl played 'neck politics'. Now the people are crying because the current MP has a different approach.

PNG can not be like Australia because of many factors. The gap between the rich and the poor; the existence of the educated and the uneducated; difference between urban and rural settings; the developing nation tag and many more.

Saukuru - that's an interesting name you have there.

I thank God for a man like the Speaker. Believe me PNG will be a different country if many have the same mind like the Speaker. And it has to start from the top.

Following on from what I just wrote -here is a comment that has just popped up on Facebook by one of the younger generation who are angry at the local Sepik members of Parliament - I won't mention the name as it is not his real name - he is too frightened to use it -

"Home sweet home. When they are home, they are on their land. They have land to grow food n cash crops in order to survive n get money. people who commit crimes like stealing, armed holdups are the ones who find it hard to survive because they do not have food, clothes and accommodation. At home, there should not be such crimes committed. The answer is in the bible. Sin is the cause of all evils in the society. People who commit such evils are not born again and have not received Christ as their personal Saviour. Just go to the prisons and see, the majority of prisoners are from mainline churches. What do these churches do? How can their preachers preach and then go consume alcohol, smoke, go to dances, commit child abuses etc etc ?"

So you can see that thing are not running well in the East Sepik at the moment but there are some people trying to work out how things can be improved.

Had a long talk with Vergil Narokobi yesterday via Facebook. He was telling me how when the members of parliament go back to their electorates they get mobbed. Hero worship, or something? So this puts them off going back to their electorates.

I was telling him how my local members of both the State and the Federal Government live in the electorate and spend a lot of time with the people, helping them with all their problems, attending all the local functions - festivals, protest meetings, running special occasions to honour those who have served this electorate well, visiting the schools for speech day, visiting the hospitals, opening any new government buildings or facilities.

They have their office in their electorate and their secretary is there all the time and will answer anybody's questions and refer them on to the member.

This is the correct way for a representative democracy to work. But it is not the way things are happening in PNG. They elect a member of parliament and off he goes keen to wear a suit and tie, shoes and socks, etc, eat at the top hotels, get fat, get rich quickly and use his DSIP funds for self-aggrandisement. It is all wrong!

A good form of Aussie aid would be to try to sort out all this. Heaven knows how it could be done. The electorates are left to "run themselves' and thankfully there is a younger generation coming along that wants to get some progress in the electorates and there is even a hands on approach to clean up the place. But where are the politicians? Where are the leaders?

Obviously the people turn to the church leaders for help. The church leaders can see that things are not working properly! No wonder they are pushing for some spiritual change. Maybe the answer is a good dose of "go back home" and live in your electorate and treasure it like the old fellas did - like the men that Trevor Freestone has just written about.

PNG is on the path towards becoming a theocratic democracy thanks to the Speaker.

Indeed it is wonderful that the whole country is waking up now. Hope this will lead to greater positive knowledge and understanding for the country's advantage.

God (spirit) & Country (carvings)was one slogan acceptable to PNG since independence. Now even God comes in different brands according to personal beliefs-; Theo Zurenuo's sectoral brand has the upper-hand because of the power of the public office he finds himself in. Now for any logical thinking person, that's not only an abuse of public office powers but a good precedence now in the setting by the office of Speaker of Parliament, and it now seems Parliament has become a seasonal trophy for engraving signatures by MPs that hold that office: the next speaker can put up something else after blowing away this speaker's personal symbol of belief which he is intending covering with a blanket name of "unity pole". The present speaker is a security risk - a crazy man and a threat to unity.This divisive action is no diffent from the government's on unequal distribution of wealth. Both go hand in hand creating an unnecessary chaos that is buying even more time for the exaltatve thriving for corrution away from public attention.

So what have we waken up to now? For one thing, the "pole of unity" is turning out already to be the "pole of division".

Recently Uganda passed strict anti-homosexuality laws which provide for life improvement for repeat offenders (the death sentence was first proposed), extradition for Ugandan citizens accused of homosexuality in other countries, and includes penalties for individuals, companies, media organisations, or non-governmental organisations that know of gay people and don't inform on them, or generally support LGBT rights.

They are also getting tough on sex in general. The vote comes a day after parliament passed an anti-pornography law that bans anything that "shows sexual parts of a person such as breasts, thighs, buttocks", according to the Monitor newspaper. It also outlaws "any erotic behaviour intended to cause sexual excitement or any indecent act or behaviour tending to corrupt morals".

The motivation behind these laws is the desire to impose Evangelical values on Ugandan society. The lawmaker behind the bill, David Bahati, said a death penalty clause was dropped from the final version of the bill, which must now go to President Yoweri Museveni for approval.

"This is a victory for Uganda. I am glad the parliament has voted against evil," Bahati told AFP.

"Because we are a God-fearing nation, we value life in a holistic way. It is because of those values that members of parliament passed this bill regardless of what the outside world thinks," he said.

Bahati's bill was supported by prominent Evangelical church groups, both in Uganda and overseas, including some Sydney Anglicans, and many Pentecostal church groups in the US and elsewhere.

American evangelicals such as Scott Lively and California pastor Rick Warren have a history of involvement in Uganda where they focus their missionary work and have campaigned for the laws. As a result, Warren and others have become influential in the shaping of public policy in Uganda, Nigeria and, to a lesser extent, Kenya.

Is this the path Papua New Guinea is headed down?

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