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14 August 2014

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Dennis, continue to read, this is a very important foreign policy which has the potential to change PNG. Its implication on PNG's sovereignty and security (especially socioeconomic security) are areas that we need to do more research.

Firstly Dennis we also have to bear in mind that there are certain information that the government or in that case the PM is privy to that we the common citizens do not have that might have influenced his decissions. What I am trying to say is that the PM according to the information that he is privy to might have seen something beneficial to PNG or may be he was bullied, blackmailed or coerced into agreeing..we do not know but if you look carefully and read between the lines you might get an inkling. We should consider that too and not view O'Neil as someone still suffering from the "Yes masta" syndrome from the colonial era.

Secondly in todays Globalised world PNG is in big need of Polticians who a Poltically litretate!! And by that I mean Polticians who really appreciate geopolitics, aid politics etc and should know the art of converting that into tangible development in PNG and not pollies who make a big noise about bringing development to their electorates during campaigns but are suprised when they finally make it into the Parliament that a very differant ball game is being played. They are lost and the result is that in situations like this in Refegee Resettlement we have yoyos who just vote when they are told to because pity them they could not make heads or tails of what is politically happening around them in the international arena.

PNG can benefit from this arrangement by demanding more from Australia. See this as a bargaining chip. This year's Australia Award has increased its PhD scholarship quota from 5 to 13.

You'll be pleased to hear that at the moment they are talking about sending the boat people on Nauru off to Cambodia to apply for refugee status.

You have to understand that the "boat people" included many who were "queue jumping" economic refugees.

I agree it was a bad idea to put some on Manus. Let's hope they will soon be moved on to another country.

At the moment there are real refugees all over the Middle East. Some are stuck on the top of a mountain range without food and water. The world, as always, is a sad place with horrible war atrocities and millions of refugees living in camps all over the place, being provided with food and water by the UN and various aid agencies and concerned governments.

Let us hope that the boat people on Manus will soon be moving on. It was meant to be a temporary solution to a complex problem.

It does seem to have done some of the people smugglers out of a living, which is a good thing.

The boomerang at its best.

Until we are independent economically we will still submit to those with the reins.

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