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20 June 2014

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That's a mighty big maybe.

Good Point Michael. Maybe, just maybe, the military is an interim alternative.

Jail O'Neill's relative, the Commander of the PNGDF, against whom there have been allegations of corruption, and I am sure we have a pool of senior military officers who are trained and well able to take charge of the nation until the fiasco simmers down and then hand back rule to a popularly elected and honest civil government.

Meanwhile, according to PNG Loop, Minister Maru reveals his latest master stroke: introducing a new body to do what IPA should be doing under its Act.

So how much does it cost to ensure that IPA does do its job and how much does it cost to create a new government body?

Common sense might tell us that establishing a new body, with salaries, offices, equipment and of course a few new vehicles as well as board sitting fees for the bigwigs would cost them more, i.e., cost taxpayers more.

But common sense is out of the question because this agenda will be debated in parliament, i.e., by PNC legislative arm, to be passed into law under PNC executive arm.

Was this even in the budget or even PNG Vision 2050?

Why not use that start-up money for the new body to provide some funding for the 5% increase that was planned for agricultural research investment?

We could use some money for socio-economic surveys and value chain assessments to establish production/importation, supply side and other constraints of smallholder food and crop systems.

Oops, I forgot, Minister Maru already sorted the agriculture problem by introducing large scale palm oil companies through SABL.

So we can have yet another public service body established to take over the job if another inefficient public body.

Brilliant!

Good comments Michael.

From where I sit, Namah is as big a crook as O'Neill, Somare, Chan and the rest. The last thing you want is for one of them to take over.

Pity Sam Koim isn't in parliament.

The lack of a viable alternative PM is a real problem.

PNG social media guru's have called for public protest to get PM O'Neill to resign. It appears that the situation may reward them with a positive short term objective.

The Police may support this public action if peaceful demonstration can be assured. But we have a mixed record of such actions and mixed success, at least in achieving longer term objectives.

In addition, there have been queries raised about the silence of the former Prime Ministers and sitting Members of Parliament.

This seems to reflect that they are either unable or unwilling to provide alternative leadership. Or maybe they'll speak up later on when things have cooled down or the dust has settled, so that they can see better where they should place their bets?

Kerenga Kua, to his credit, has been clear on his stand towards both sides in this fiasco of legal versus parliamentary principles and processes.

Sam Basil and Belden Namah have made some commentary, as they rightly should being the only Opposition we have, and perhaps there are other movements taking place behind the scenes.

But what's new about 'behind the scenes' political lobbying and partying etcetera?

Isn't that kind of secretive behaviour in public office at the root of this current debacle?

We often talk about transparent and accountable leadership - well, this is the time for MP's and leaders to make their stand known - to speak their conscience for the public good.

Their silence, to me, indicates a lack of goodwill or the courage of their convictions.

The PNC pary have spoken: What of the NA, PPP party and others?

My question to the 'Occupy Waigani' movement is: and then what?

If we aim to get PM O'Neill to resign, step down and hopefully get thrown in jail, what happens to government and by extension Papua New Guinea in the epilogue of this political satire?

We have been at such crossroads previously, with the Sandline crisis and the unceremonious ending of the Somare-NA ten year reign.

So how do we improve on this outcome?

My understanding is that we just wnat O'Neill out.

But is that alone a justifiable reason to move against government process, albeit in support of judicial process, given;

(a) Our own inability to vote in the best leaders in the first place

(b) Divided support for 'old dog' politicians who may learn new tricks, but not the ones we want them to be taught

(c) The clear absence of alternative leadership; and

(d) Our continued failure to nurture new and alternative political leaders.

And next year marks 40 years of Independence...

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