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09 April 2018

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I believe a careful study of our culture and values can assist us (PNG and other Melanesian/Pacific Island states) in creating a governing system that best suits our countries. PNG is corrupt because it is struggling to cope with democracy, a foreign adopted system. Today we are being referred to as weak or failed states because we are being judged from an economic point of view by economic powers. We will get to nowhere if we continue to battle with a system that is foreign. Should we take some steps back and explore our traditional systems, I am sure we can come up with something; a best possible kind of lifestyle that suits us. In this way, others can also learn from us.

Yes Barbara, you may think that there is no better arrangement than representative democracy, but half the world's population does not agree.

Look what is happening in Iraq and Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East with the exception of Israel. These countries are the cradle of civilisation, but they have never been the cradle of democracy.

China has an equally historic civilisation but it has never been a democracy, and never will be.

Traditional PNG was never democratic and what is disguised as "democratic" in the PNG government today is just a continuance of what it always was, and what it always will be.

We should accept their way of doing things, and not expect them to copy us.

I still can't think of any better arrangement for running a country than representative democracy. Heaven knows what the Chinese get up to.

Maybe there is a process that goes on in all developing countries when it comes to developing a good political system with good debate.But I guess it all depends on the quality and honesty of the elected MPs.

Interesting to see what is going on in Brazil at the moment.

Look at the mess in Venezuela.

What on earth happened in Rwanda?

Francis effectively demonstrates what the problem for today's PNG is. The gap between traditional tribal organisations and a central supposedly representative government made up on the introduced concept of a national awareness is merely being played out in the PNG political area.

People who thought this would not happen, given such a short time between opening the country up and creating a new nation possibly also believed in fairies at the end of the garden.

If history has taught us anything at all it's that any process that succeeds must be built empirically on firm and thoroughly tested foundations.

PNG is made up of smaller nations who had their own governing system of which leadership was not dictated by political parties as there were no political parties in those times but the government did exist and functioned to benefit the people before the western system of government came and destroyed it.

So the idea of politics without political party is not new. However, how that can possbly function in the modern political context can become a dilemma.

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