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29 June 2018

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We complain a lot about our mps being corrupted in their dealings. Maybe. Buy four fingers point back to us the people. Maybe they involve in corrupt dealings but we the people are the ones to encouraged them into it by telling them that we can be bought or sold. For instance, we can say 'I will vote, and I don't need financial assistance from you to help me decide!' But if we say the complete opposite, they subscribe to out demand if they are of that type who can be bought or sold!

It's tempting to see this as just another whinge from a male politician but even if it was a female MP the problem would still exist.

At base it is a measure of the lack of sophistication of the electorate and political development in PNG.

I agree with the governor, it is a very serious problem and one that hamstrings the whole political process.

The solution?

Make ex gratia payments by MPs to members of the public illegal.

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