MY political career, such as it was, consisted of one term as an elected member of the New Ireland provincial assembly in the late 1980s.
I think my experience is worth recording as a curious historical footnote.
In 1984 I had become a PNG citizen and by 1987 decided it was time for me to make my mark as a provincial politician.
I sought to replace my wife’s uncle, the sitting member for South Lavongai. That was my first political mistake. Traditionally, it was a matter of shame to compete against such a close tambu. My excuse was that poor old Sandi Tito was profoundly deaf.
He would sit in the chamber, straining to follow the debate and often the nearest member would lift his hand when votes were taken. Surely, I thought, I could participate more meaningfully.