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31 March 2017


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Your "With characteristic aggression laced with a splash of paternalism, Australia's international development minister, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells" was well over the top.

There must be millions of comments made about Australian foreign aid, but one thing it is not, and that it is not a gift or donation (to a charity) nor should it be viewed as charity.

I give to Red Cross, and I expect that a proportion of it actually reaches the intended recipients - not as a cash handout but enabling a developmental project that will improve peoples capacity to sustain themselves.

Potable water, agricultural training, health and hygiene training come to mind (among many others).

The Australian electorate expects the same.

If I wanted to hand out cash, I could find plenty of homeless people in PNG and AUS who would very much appreciate some folding stuff in the claw. I would imagine you would be the same (and correct me if I am wrong here).

Does anyone understand the history of aid to PNG ?

"1992: By August the Minister for Trade and Overseas Development, John Kerin, gained agreement to reorient Australia's aid to PNG away from large-scale untied support, which tended to disappear in inefficient and unaccountable consumption, and towards specifically targeted program aid, the use and effectiveness of which could be closely monitored." (National Archives Australia)

Touching upon actual performance, a camera capture might aid discussion.

Following flooding events of 2007 at Oro Province, from the Australian Government came allocation of a specific grant for restorative action in building four large bridges as replacements. Interest here is that the monies were on hold for a number of years until cause(s) of delay(s)* in procuring (site investigations, lands assignments, designs, approbations and such) came to light. For fixing delayed processing, credit has been given to (then newly-elected) Governor Gary Juffa.

The four keenly sought constructions are now real, and as likely, acquittals correspondingly.

Hope is that in due course all this will materialize also as a report from sources official or otherwise, that proceedings are identified, improvements are promulgated, and better processes are achieved.

Not about assigning blame, this is for future like-events and for growing capacity.

Of the present discussion, are there any lessons in hold, verification, release and review?

Let's give up calling a spade a shovel. In undiplomatic reality, what the PNG government needs is a fresh approach to governing. It's not a new idea. It's not rocket science. It's a known phenomenon.

It's called responsible and accountable government.

The nub has been that Australia's annual gift to PNG hasn't been able to achieve what the nation requires or Australia would like to see however.

Has Sam Koim nailed the solution? Yep!

'Don't give them what they want. Give them what they need.'

Easy to say. Not easy to do.

Is there the possibility of a sunset clause on the current PNG government? Who knows what the next General election might bring?

The fine tuning however opens up the the possibility of desperation tactics by those who have successfully mismanaged and those who have allowed them to do so.

Solwara ikamap na liklik kanu iklostu kapsait. Husat bikpla sip i nau laik kamap na halivimem?

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