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20 March 2017

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Following on from my last comment here is what they do about corruption in New Zealand:

https://www.justice.govt.nz/assets/Documents/Publications/Ministry-of-Justice-Anti-Corruption-Guide.pdf

It looks pretty good to me.

According to the 2016 Corruption Perception Index put out by Transparency International PNG is 'mostly corrupt'. It sits way down on the list alongside dictatorships and countries with basket-case economies.

Australia sits at number 13 of the least corrupt countries i.e. not much help in advising PNG how to fix the corruption problem.

The least corrupt country is Denmark, closely followed by a rapidly improving New Zealand.

That's where the answer lies for PNG.

Whatever New Zealand is doing PNG should do too.

(Maybe Australia needs to look across the ditch too).

More laws less justice- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Something suggested to me years ago in relation to tweeking the government tender process springs to mind as a possible starting spot. The idea presumes, of course that all major government projects do go out for public tender. The idea was that once the tender winner was announced, not only would the winning tenderers' bid be publically published but so would all the others. I was not overly taken with the idea at first but on more reflection saw the many advantages of it - of course the Establishment at the time firmly jumped on it from a great height, claiming commercial confidence matters, which gave me a bit of a laugh.

Peter has highlighted the problem. Phil has fingered some but not all of the culprits. Where is the solution?

Surely in order to have a corrupt free environment there has to be more than what is now on offer.

There is already sufficient legislation and law to set the benchmark on what is right and what is wrong. Therefore more laws aren't the answer.

We have any number of potential politicians or those who have already been elected and almost everyone seems to be saying or have previously said they are against corruption?

So if everyone knows what is right and what is wrong, what is the problem?

Some commentators have pointed out that PNG isn't alone and official corruption exists almost everywhere. That's absolutely true. Some nations have even worse histories of official and unofficial corruption.

So what is the answer, especially for PNG?

Will no one come up with a Charter of Honesty that requires all potential and existing politicians and public servants to sign as legally accepting what they already aught to practice. If they then ask for a six pack or 'gris moni' after they sign they could then be held accountable and summarily dismissed.

It will never work you say? Yet isn't that what politicians undertake in their oath of office and public servants agree to when they sign their contracts with the government who represents their people?

So what is missing? Simply the intestinal fortitude for someone to follow up and make it happen. Why? Virtually all the problems can be traced back to one aspect. No one wants to be first to challenge the system. It's always got to be someone else.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.


The University of Pennsylvania has a good blog entitled Regblog.org which highlights Stigler's concept of regulatory capture:

http://www.regblog.org/2016/07/07/lupo-a-resource-list-on-regulatory-capture-and-reform/

Coming from the land of the free and home of the brave they know all about corruption and leave PNG for dead.


Talking about corruption and looking at the photograph accompanying your article Peter is most interesting.

The photographer obviously avoided including the trough in the shot and they must have cleaned themselves up a bit before it was taken.

Please don't re-elect any of that lot PNG!

Peter, two quotes come to mind when speaking of the problem of corruption. They are:-
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke.(1770)
“Yet is it far better to light the candle than to curse the darkness.” William Lonsdale Watkinson. 1907. (Apparently this is also an old Chinese proverb).

Perhaps we begin the fight against corruption by trying to ensure that we ourselves avoid corruption. Light a candle in our own corner.

Churches should speak out against corruption, yet at times the mainline Churches seem to be caught between their reliance on Government funding for health and education, and their obligation to speak against corruption. Some Church leaders may feel that they can act more effectively person-to-person rather than speaking out publicly against an individual.

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