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06 July 2014

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Albert - Since Sir Mekere Morauta established PNGSDPL to hold BHP's former shareholding in OTML for the benefit of the people of the Western Province and all of PNG, these PNG Institutions (i.e., OTML and PNGSDPL) have invested hugely in public infrastructure, e.g. the Highlands Highway, and a multitude of various social projects throughout the whole country as well as the Western Province.

I could be one of the most informed critics of both institution's inefficiencies and ineffectiveness in the actual implementation of some of their infrastructure projects, but they have been beyond question more well intentioned and careful in their operations than any government, national or provincial, and most other mining, oil and gas exploration and development companies that I have observed in the past 50 odd years in PNG.

It is inconceivable that 60 MPs, including four from the Western Province, could have wilfully attempted to destroy these two institutions.

Unless, of course, you recall that they were quite prepared to attempt to destroy the PNG University of Technology in Lae!

Maybe mining companies should invest more in public infrastructure.

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