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03 August 2017

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If it would have been water off a duck's back then it is even more surprising that Australia didn't offer any criticism.

Knowing it was going to be ignored anyway should have made such criticism even more pointed.

The real fear was that O'Neill would respond by telling Australia to get their refugees off Manus.

I have been around for a vast majority of the elections held in PNG since self govt. I have known so many politicians and watched them operate. Believe me that no matter what Australia had have uttered would have made any difference to the election process and all the rot that accompanied it. It would have been water off a ducks back.

Australia is no longer silent about the election - it has now come out condoning all the malfeasance, violence and corruption.

This is not a studied and measured response taking into account Australia's position in the region.

It is a raw and blatant approval of malfeasance, violence and corruption as a political weapon on a par with its inhumane refugee policy.

I'm waiting for Julie Bishop to cuddle up to Robert Mugabe - she's probably out shopping for a suitable outfit as we speak.

Take a look at any Queensland government regulatory authority website and join the dots. It's like ancestry.com and resembles a Hansard transcript from the Fitzgerald inquiry.
All the usual suspects appear and you don't have to do too much detective work.

Australia has been silent on its duty of care and strategic standing in the region to especially PNG's latest drama with the elections.

If many right thinking Australians were here, and I am sure many were part of the International Observers Team, I do not think they would form a positive

There is very little confidence in the electoral processes, powerful guns have been used to mow down supporters of rival candidates, businesses have been affected, and fear and confusion have reigned during and after the elections.

We had some declarations of seats done in hotels, while one for the Gumine Open in Simbu was hijacked when the supposedly duly elected candidate was already declared in Kundiawa by the Returning Officer.

The two candidates both attended the first seating of Parliament to vote the Speaker and the PM. One who supposedly hijacked the declaration was with the Alotau camp and voted both the Speaker and PM!

A lot of mess to be sorted out by the courts.

These developments do not augur well for democracy and nation building in the long run for PNG. And if Australia should pay a casual glance to what has transpired in PNG as far as the elections are concerned, we are in for turbulent times ahead!

Maybe Australia should stop preaching that PNG is important to Australia as far as geopolitical and strategic interests are concerned because we are going to the dogs!

It is fair for Australia to voice its concerns for the sake of good governance, democracy and peace and prosperity.

Dear Keith,
Adlai Stevenson was campaigning during the US presidential elections and an elderly lady took to the stage and over the PA system announced......." Mr Stevenson, that speech you gave was truly remarkable and every decent fellow American must vote for you"
Adlai Stevenson promptly grabbed the microphone and replied..." Unfortunately lady, I need a majority.
Another interesting quote he made, which you will no doubt appreciate as an editor of this blog......" An editor sorts the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff"
There is a dearth of talent in the political arena these days

The apathy of the average Australian towards PNG can be partly explained by the almost total neglect of coverage of the election and PNG issues by the mainstream media.

Apart from some small pieces on ABC (credit due to Eric) and SBS, RNZI had much better coverage.

Radio Australia has even closed their short wave transmissions which reached thousands of people in PNG. For shame!

The function of leadership is to create more leaders, not followers - Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader along with Adlai Stevenson were the two best presidents the US never had.
_________

Maybe, but Ralph's intervention gave the world GW Bush instead of Al Gore. That ended well - KJ

'Wanpela' tweets "vote for best election coverage goes to Moni Pes followed by PNG Attitude".

Common in PNG, all too prevalent, is opportunism rampant where disruption diverts attention of an otherwise controlling agency. Looting for personal individual gain there is unleashed. Avert, glance or even blink, and needless attack and atrophy ensues, leaderless other than swarm of societal stimulus. Leading, but not heeding constitutional imperatives (is the constitution writ too leniently?), election antics hint honey in the plot.

Leaderslip so evident in terms of the intent of Leadership Code of PNG, is an ill not only of those once distant tropical isles where Australian pollies play at familiarly, but as hinted this sentence, mars Australia if not mercurially.

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