THE first stage has been completed of an Australian program to improve governance in Papua New Guinea.
As an initial step, 27 senior PNG public servants participated in an executive course run by universities in Queensland and PNG.
As a friend and partner of PNG, Australia recognises that an effective and ethical public sector is vital for PNG’s stability and prosperity,” said Ms Bishop.
The launch of the program coincides with an intensification of government control of key institutions in PNG, as the country enters the second half of its five-year parliament when the ruling coalition becomes theoretically vulnerable to votes of no-confidence.
But the government of prime minister Peter O’Neill has kept consolidating its power rather than seeing it erode, as has tended to happen with previous PNG administrations.
PNG Exposed commented:
Australia is pouring millions of dollars into its own universities to teach PNG public servants not to steal while ignoring the real corruption that deprives ordinary people in PNG of access to basic services.
PNG politicians and bureaucrats already know the difference between right and wrong and don't need patronising Australian university courses to explain it to them.
What Australia should be doing is stopping the syphoning of billions of dollars in stolen PNG taxpayers money through Australian banks and into real estate schemes in Brisbane and Cairns, posh Australian public schools, its glitzy casinos and expensive private hospitals.
But Australia has no interest in stopping the huge economic boost it receives from corruption in PNG so instead it will just keep pretending to support 'good governance' through its pathetic boomerang aid schemes.
Photo: Prime ministers Peter O'Neill and Tony Abbott walk in lock-step. Makes you wonder whether Australia really has anything to teach PNG about national governance - KJ