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26 August 2014

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Great comment, Chris.

PNG might be forgiven for riding the slippery slope of corruptive descent in that her role models; western democracies, are themselves mired in dysfunction arising from departing from constitutional adherence in a somewhat blind pursuit of "one worldism."

Eg, the Manus detention facility represents a blatant attempt by Australia to control its borders while on the other hand, oblige the UN, to which it concedes allegiance, albeit on points of law that are International rather than national.

What kind of chicanery does PNG (a fledgling democracy?) entertain in her own pursuit of progress and compliance with changing world order?

Gone are the heady days of optimism that accompanied the relatively naive innocence of the earlier 20th century development in PNG of the rule of law and order that made it, I think, a rather unique place to be.

Felix's perceptive comments might be enhanced with some historical context.

Many people assume that the undoubted success of liberal democracies in generating wealth and advancing living standards rests largely upon important political structures such as universal adult suffrage, secret ballots, open political debate, vibrant media and so forth, as well as upon technological innovation and science.

In fact, the underlying reason for their success is a general acceptance of and adherence to the rule of law.

England was the first country (at least since the Romans) where the ruling elite realised that there had to be some basic "rules of the game" which everyone adhered to if periodic disastrous descents into civil war and anarchy were to be avoided.

The Magna Carta represents the first attempt to systematise the rules, at least as they related to England's often obstreperous and disputatious feudal barons.

Essentially, the English ruling elite realised (eventually) that wars of succession in particular, and lawlessness and disorder generally, were costly, socially disruptive and bad for business and thus bad for them and those who owed them allegiance.

Many other countries took rather longer to work this out and some are still struggling to integrate the idea into their political fabric.

It seems that PNG fits into the later category, with the law too often being interpreted and distorted by those in power to meet their own ends rather than the public good.

I noticed, some of original thoughts we've written for publication are changed completely, and going through the article written we've lost the context I want to share with the society.
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Sorry for that, Felix. Some of the articles are so opaque and hard to understand, the editor makes mistakes. Unfortunately this was on of those, it seems. Let me know if you want me to take it down - KJ

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