THE RECENT SIGNING OF THE Defence Cooperation Agreement with Australia lacks input from the Papua New Guinea Defence Force and other security agencies of the Papua New Guinea government.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill should have listened to advice from these agencies before inking the Agreement. Instead, the O’Neill government has pledged to continue its long-standing allegiance to Australian imperialism.
The Australians are aiding PNG with ideas that are out-dated and will not benefit PNG at all. The advice from the PNGDF to the prime minister was that he should not have signed the agreement before a PNGDF White Paper was prepared, which will also be PNG’s National Security Policy.