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08 August 2017

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See a second 'Alotau Accord: http://www.pm.gov.pg/alotau-accord/

As to "priorities over the course of the next five (5) years", there is intention of "infrastructure development including classrooms". More classrooms were needed before rollout of "Free Education Policy", though it will be welcomed by constituents/citizens across PNG, to see that new classrooms can be expected still.

Not so perhaps of infrastructure for health related service delivery where infrastructure is not as apparently a priority and then only to "rehabilitate all provincial hospitals"... no new hospital, no health centre, no rehabilitation of health centres, or the words seem to say.

Of each 'sip' of cashflow, there is set to be "Redefinition of the formulae for allocation for PSIP, DSIP & LLGSIP, WSIP". Readers will luk-long-link to de-rig those more salient flaws, or to steps de rigueur hinting enforcement of due acquittals.

Somewhat suggesting that ALL citizens are in the focus of its aim (yes, 'Equality and Participation' is a phrase in the Preamble), yet its goal has 'commitment' as a retrospective view, and as an advance to 'individuals' by way of 'opportunities'.

So, should PNG-folk 'be grateful for what it is', a document enjoining a lead?

A Biblical adage is that all deeds good or bad done in secret will be openly rewarded.

FB is not accessed widely, and due to trolling and raw unmoderated discussions may have lost its credibility with thinking PNGNs who at times find it a blunt tool in developing constructive dialogue and more of a tedious excercise to instill etiquettes.

The reality is that the majority of PNGns want an accountable government. Even PM PO is intelligent enough to realise this with recent attempts to make this government worthy of its own people.

There may be less of a need for a mass public outrage on FB to instigate this.

I believe that there are strong under currents swaying public opinion. Death and destruction is one extreme while a calm and clear approach to political developments is the other.

Social media despite being a rich source of information needs to be mature in its discussions to hold sway.

Agree - PNG social media should play the ball and not the person.

Currently this means that the focus should be on Alotau 2 Accord (details now on PM site).

This indicates new government priorities.

Frankly, it includes a good feature, as first priority on PNG's very high population growth rate (probably driven by Abel).

However, otherwise this is a very poor document (women empowerment number 89 of 90 objectives - and listed under "Immigration and Customs Services"!). What a great indication that the new O'Neill government will care about women - number 89 of 90 and no women members of a 111 man parliament.

An interesting contrast with a "gold bullion bank to deal with foreign exchange shortages" being priority 6. Very scary for an international investment community to see such loony stuff.

Personally, I have a lot of time for Charles Abel, although he was frequently given bad advice. Hope he can do something worthwhile with the 100 day plan.

And I look forward to Kramer's usually excellent analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the 100 day plan. The Alliance has the people to form an excellent opposition (and potentially the transformative future government that PNG needs).

Social media is very diverse and also prone to manipulation - I just hope it stimulates open discussion of the big challenges facing PNG.

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