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20 February 2014


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Framing PNG's developmental challenges:

It's not so big or so woolly as you might think Martyn.

Too many people in the right position to do things are either not trying hard enough, not even bothering or simply don't care.

Most people are likely in the same situation as many of their leaders, looking up the arse end of an elephant.

What we need to do is take the pesky pachyderm by the tusks.

A very astute analysis Martyn.

It makes you wonder about who is actually listening to people on blogs like this one banging away about the inequities in PNG. Are they just preaching to the converted?

Thank you Martyn, for sharing your understanding of social classes in PNG today.

I guess you don't have to be rich to be happy! In fact the richer you are the more unhappier you may become. But it is good to have a living wage otherwise you may have to steal to survive.

I have also been watching the lives of the educated, especially my former students, and have some understanding of life in PNG, from the poorest to the wealthiest.

I was just thrilled to hear how a very "poor" isolated Sepik village has bought itself some great timber saw so they can saw their own timber to make better houses. The Malaysians might have come and exploited them for their best trees but now they have a saw, well that's great.

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