AS A well-travelled visitor to Papua New Guinea, reasonably fluent in the lingua franca and part of the old colonial push, I’m often assumed to have an understanding of the country and its people.
This is thought to be an asset given most Australians’ ignorance of or apathy towards their nearest neighbour.
The same assumption of wisdom is often made about my many years working with indigenous Australians in the outback.
Perhaps I have unwittingly corroborated this view by writing about various cultures and how they interact. I’ve never sought recognition as an expert but that seems to have happened. I’m not alone in this respect.
The truth of the matter is entirely different.