A final word on one of PNG Attitude’s big issues this month: the withdrawal of Australian support from the Crocodile Prize national literary contest.
It wasn’t just the money; it was the symbolic significance of the abandonment of involvement by the Australian High Commission without explanation or excuse.
We're deeply grateful to those entities and individuals whose backing of the Prize means it can exist; and also that a thousand anthologies of PNG writing can reach readers, schools and libraries across the country.
That’s where the Australian $3,000 was being spent – on books.
When organisations like the UK-based Commonwealth Foundation say of the Prize, as it did earlier this week, “Your pioneering work to encourage and publish Papua New Guinean writers is much admired", you really wonder what the Australian diplomats were thinking.