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The scum that they call politicians in PNG


LET’S NOT MINCE WORDS.  The politicians of Papua New Guinea are an international disgrace and the Papua New Guinea parliament is one of the biggest cabals of thieves, robbers and rogues on the planet.

If you add up the completely unnecessary deaths and injuries in Papua New Guinea attributable to a dysfunctional health system and moribund hospitals, not to mention the horrendous infant mortality rate.

And add to this realities like the number of victims of violent crime due to the lack of law and order, successive Papua New Guineans prime ministers, with no exceptions, can well be equated to tin pot dictators like Idi Amin of 1960’s Congo infamy who was responsible for the genocide of his people.

These egomaniacs are also responsible for the nepotism, dishonesty, inefficiencies and downright stupidity which are defining characteristics of the Papua New Guinea public service.

When they have finished selling off all the countries’ resources to the global multinationals and shonky and rapacious Asian businessmen they will have completed the total destruction of a nation which once had such enormous potential for the welfare of its people.

One of the most incredible aspects of much of this is that the Papua New Guinean public not only meekly stands by while it is all happening but, time after time, vote for these disgusting individuals and return them to power.  Their lunacy is absolutely mind-boggling.

And PNG’s good mate Australia, through its successive and gutless governments, has aided and abetted the process by feeding vast amounts of its taxpayers’ money into this abysmal pit without the slightest hint of concern. 

In human terms what it has done it has been akin to feeding a drug addict with free and unlimited amounts of heroin.

So what has brought on this vitriolic assessment?  I’ll tell you!

It is my absolute disgust that a man of unusual and scintillating intellect, who I like to think of as a friend and fellow writer, has been reduced to the ignominy of having to accept charity from his friends to alleviate his unimaginable pain and mental torment that is, as far as I can see, no fault of his own and which has unnecessarily killed nearly a dozen of his fellow patients.

If that can happen to an articulate and educated man in a country then it surely tells us that that poor country is one very sick puppy.

And for those uneducated, inarticulate and illiterate souls in similar circumstances of dire pain and need all over the country my heart bleeds.

One can only hope that if there is an afterlife and a judgement and a hell for the evil ones that those arseholes who claim to run Papua New Guinea will be put through the same pain and anguish as our good friend the writer.

May their god have no mercy on their pitiful souls!


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Samuel Roth

Whether it be Ross Garnaut or Phil Fitzpatrick, the facts will always remain facts. And to those who try to hammer the sticking nail, you can run but you can't hide from the truth.

It will haunt you every night coz your meals, cell phones and all your other assets are jointly purchased from questionable funds.

Stopping the Aussie taxpayers' money could be too much for a young aspiring nation. Rather, try cutting down the bureaucratic, invisible hands in Waigani and try tightening up the processes.

I am sure others see it better than ourselves and this is why they (including Phil) is advocating. Thanks, mate!

Andrew A Mako

Cannot agree more, Phil. This wondeful country is fast going to the dogs!!

Peter Kranz

An oldie but a goodie.


Trevor Freestone

We shouldn't be too harsh on the politicians who fail to serve their country for, after all, in the next round of awards those who haven't been knighted already can expect a knighthood.

David Wall

This might be of interest:


Mrs Barbara Short

Very good suggestion Maureen. PNG members of parliament should be made to visit their local hospitals every few months, to check on the way they are being run: whether they are getting regular supplies of medicines, are fully staffed, are being kept clean and whether patients are recovering and are being well looked after.

Gail Loup Ani

Thanks Phil. I am a simple teacher, I weep for my children, my students because I cannot see a future for them.

Policies are made and a lot of money is used and abused, and these policies are not workable.

There is so much bad happening and it seems that there is no hope at all.

These scum make policy in a rush for their own self-interest.

I comment simply because I am experiencing the effect of a policy made that I am forced to implement at my own expense, time and knowledge to make it work.

It is painful. I see PNG not at. a crossroad but going in a totally negative direction that is worse than what it used to be.

Maureen Wari

Hands up to being disgusted that a noble citizen of a country that has a lot of money should in the end wait for charity for improvement and to know deep down there are thousands whom we may never know about who will silently exit.

Indulging in that thought pattern is paralysing enough, I choose not to go there.

Ol member blo yumi, yupla sampla i gat taim lo readim ol displa kain stori tu o?

Spare some time to visit the hospitals, it will make you know you have more than enough, that the least you can do is make sure of one service to a fellow citizen.

Kristian Lasslett

OK, fair points. Most people I work with around PNG would agree with 98% of the sentiments expressed here.

In Port Moresby's heaving settlements people work hard, extraordinarily hard, and live a precarious existence where they are stigmatised because of where and how they live.

And they are angry ... they pay taxes, and they work in govt offices, the service industry and the informal market so they can send their kid to school/university and feed their families.

Most vote because they believe in defiance of history that it can make a difference. They vote because there is nothing, or almost nothing, resembling civil society; a space where they can exercise citizenship and political agency on a daily basis.

Well that's not strictly true, often communities have vibrant democracies at a local level, that function far better than the national or provincial governments.

Over in Paga Hill people voluntarily run the pre-school, people voluntary run health campaigns - when I was there they had a group come in to advise women on cervical cancer screenings, etc.

Up at ATS they are engaged in sophisticated urban planning efforts and local governance, and now many people want to live at this 'settlement' because you can obtain a nice little house and garden in a safe community 24 hours a day with clean paths etc.

So there is actually indication of success at the local level.

Move out beyond that and the nightmare Phil paints is palpable.

Then there is the R word.

For the Mandarins in Canberra its unthinkable, and would be a greater nightmare than what currently exists.

By R I mean revolution.

In the working class urban communities people are angry, fed up, overworked, sick, and entirely aware of the darkness of neon lights.

Often they speak to me of revolution. We aren't communists they usually add, so breathe easy Canberra and Jakarta.

But people are searching for a revolutionary answer to this static crisis that is PNG's political economy.

Politicians like Gary Juffa are perhaps the one ray of light in this respect. He is destigmatising the R word.

The AusAID folk will claim the deck chairs on the Titanic can be rearranged - and usually they happen to have the solution, failed 100 times before, but not this reformulation.

But it appears the entire tectonic plates of PNG's social existence need shifting if people are to realise the noble aspirations in PNG's Constitution, one of the finest documents you will see anywhere in the world.

People are hungry - it needs a spark and organisation, but I don't doubt PNG will be going through some interesting changes in the years to come.

If we were to look at the talent in Waigani it would be fair to predict any such revolution would be a failure.

If you check out the talent and values among the youth in many of the nation's hard working urban and rural communities, it would be fair to predict it has a strong chance of success.

Mrs Barbara Short

Very good news Sil. I hope the Australian Federal Police will be able to freeze some of these Australian bank accounts of the people who Task Force Sweep suspect have been involved in fraud.

Thank God for Sam Koim and Task Force Sweep. I hope some of these people who have stolen government money by some devious means will come forward and return as much as they can.

If they can nail one of them then the others might roll over.

I hope the ICAC will be set up next year, as planned. This is a huge problem and has been allowed to grow bigger over time.

As people found they could get away with money others would also have a try. It must be stopped as soon as possible.

I know some of the ordinary people, my PNG friends, have been playing detective for ages. They go around spying in government offices and take photos of who talks to whom.

They have uncovered plenty of evidence of corruption and underhand dealings. They know the government officers who won't do anything for you unless you pay them something, public servants who won't serve unless they are given money.

Fortunately they are starting to stand up to them and warn them... "I will be your worst nightmare!" if you don't do as I ask.

Now the doctors are complaining about Angau Hospital and want repair work done immediately so the government is saying this is an emergency so they haven't got time to call for tenders.

I hope this company that they choose to do the work will give them a fair deal. But once again they leave the whole exercise open to corruption.

The government must follow the correct procedures even if it is an emergency! When will they ever learn?

John Wali

That's calling a spade a spade in the Haus Tambaran.

If there is any ounce of self consciousness in them, I hope they see, listen and hear the people's cry of anguish.

Gary Juffa

Phil, you are absolutely right. Your article is nothing but the truth.

I am sad to say that the trend is indeed worrisome.

This nation, as great as it is, is being packaged and sold fast...

Kela Kapkora

Some K200 million of PNG money has been invested in Australia by fat cats through corruption and money laundering.

Sixty-seven people have been arrested so far by Task Force sweep (TFS) and K170 million has been recovered in PNG and up north.

The Australian Federal Police has started investigations into assets and bank accounts in Australia and is helping TFS.

TFS is converging on the syndicate with enough evidence and are optimistic of the outcome.

The plebs and genuine people in PNG are behind TFS and some politicians are shivering and want TFS abolished ASAP.

TFS is the people's last defence and people are watching it with admiration and hope.

It seems the people will intervene if the authorities touch TFS.

Phil Fitzpatrick

I don't know about you Rob but my take on the PNG government's reaction to what Ross Garnaut said was proof-positive that it was true.

The same thing happened to Sean Dorney for telling the truth.

Someone has also pointed out in a private email that there are several honest politicians in the PNG Parliament (at least three they reckon).

My response to that is, what good is it being honest if you sit back and let the crooks have free rein. In my book the honest ones who do nothing are just as culpable as the crooks.

The response of Australia to all this makes them just as culpable too.

Every time they shrug off the parlous state of PNG or the genocide carried out in West Papua by the Indonesians by saying they cannot interfere in what other sovereign nations do they are admitting (a) that the claims are true and (b) that they are culpable by their inaction.

Good people do not stand by and let this stuff happen; they do something about it.

David Wall

Phil, they're in it to make a bob, or should I say a kina, and they certainly have!

Martina Apps

Hi Phil, Let it be known to all the PNG nationals that the recent 4 Corners program has very deeply concerned all Australian taxpayers and equally us PNG nationals living in Australia as taxpayers.

Please make all efforts to clearly publicise this in print on the front page of the Post-Courier so that the people in power in PNG will act against the criminals involved.

William Dunlop

Hello, my good friend Francis.

I was known as Master Bill, Man Blong Wok, in Port Moresby.in the 1980's. I had been previously been Tranport Manager for Steamships Trading Company.

I left TWS in 1982. The late Pius Kirapu wanted me to take on the role of Assistant Secretary Finance & Budgets.

The then Assistant Secretary Management Services made it quite clear to me that, for me to have a contract renewal, I would need to help him to get his home renovated.

I referred him to the Financial Controller, phoning him about the scam attempt. He confirmed he had notified the Managing Director

There it seemed to end.

Rob Parer

Hi Phil - Remember when PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said Professor Garnaut insulted his nation's leaders during a media interview and is no longer welcome there.

Prof Garnaut, who was chairman of Ok Tedi Mining, was quoted by The Australian newspaper as saying that with such an accumulation of wealth in PNG, it was "tempting for political figures to think of better ways of using it right now rather than putting it into long-term development".

Mr O'Neill said Prof Garnaut's statement was not true and could damage his country's reputation.

You are certainly very game and good luck if you are looking for a visa.

Maybe you are a PNG citizen and there are no worries.

Jeff Febi

...and in this group called scum let us include the senior management of the public service machinery.

They too ride around in their 'spaceships' and as a result do not know realitites the ordianry people are facing each day of their lives.

Gabriel Ramoi

The politicians in PNG today are just a mirror of the people who send them to high office. What is said of them also applies to the people that send them to Parliament.

Hopefully with the arrest of Paul Paraka , he can now assist task force sweep to name all his associates and bring them all down with him and put an end to the cancer that is eating away the nation.

Francis S Nii

When I got admitted in Goroka after the accident, the doctor pronounced that my spinal cord was severed.

I doubted the diagnosis because I saw the X-Ray left at my bed before he arrived. And I saw the fracture of T11 (spine) but that in no way revealed the extent of the damage of the spine.

And so to find out the exact extent of the damage on the spinal cord, I requested a mylogram and the doctor refused outright.

Bitterness and enmity developed from there and I left the hospital.

Steven Ilave (Snr)

As writers, whether Australians or Papua New Guineans, we need to come out more in this way and call a spade a spade. Thanks Phil for not mincing words.

Trevor Freestone

My son Alfred was born in Goroka Hospital in 1974 and at the time it was a first class hospital.

Domonic was a patient at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne and although his injury was more serious than Francis's, he survived because of the expertise of the spinal cord specialists.

He also spent 12 months in Royal North Shore rehabilitation Unit at Ryde. If Francis Nii had received the same quality of nursing care he would never have suffered the way he has and is.

I agree with Phil that Australian aid has only encouraged corruption. Letters to past and present foreign ministers have done nothing to encourage them to be more vigilant with the way our aid money is used.

Alexander Downer told me he had to respect PNG's sovereignty and that he had to allow their government to decide how to spend aid money. A policy that obviously did not work.

Even an honest politician in the PNG government has to be held accountable for allowing the country to deteriorate the way it has.

The village people have to learn that just because a political candidate gives them a free cigarette does not mean they deserve their vote.

Tony Flynn

Thank you Phil, one does get used to the daily pricks and the ongoing stress of a dysfunctional society. It does take a severe blow to our sensibilities to awaken our social conscience.

I could not sustain the outrage I felt when my mother-in-law died; after being booted by “Rambo” a policeman from Simbu. An internal hernia into her thigh muscle finished her off after a few months of great pain.

On the other hand my father in law was diagnosed with gastric TB by Dr Laki at the Goroka Hospital after the private doctors could find nothing wrong. He later had many happy years of commuting between Goroka and Wau.

Thank you too, Robin. “They” are hiding in that “dark place” behind all the reams of obfuscation and self justification that are the daily diet supplied to normal Papua New Guineans.

They have a faint grasp of reality because when they travel they are enclosed in an impenetrable bubble of self deception; this includes their highly paid expatriate advisors.

Often “they” are being politically correct because influential staff in aid agencies often have a subconscious wish; the wish to believe that the colonial days were unremittingly dark days; that they, the staff, are being instrumental in bringing the Light.

William Dunlop

Phil, Amen.

Robin Lillicrapp

Yes, I read a review of the impending education reform plan recently.

It contained a shoddy criticism of the legacy of education left by the former colonial administration; asserting indeed, that they had no desire to furnish or see an educated PNG.
It also spewed forth glowing reports of goals to produce an academia, and domestic economy to rival the worlds best.
I thought, "what dark place have ye all been hiding in that the present and future realities don't confront you."

It was then I noticed the aspirations for funding large ongoing major projects dreamed up toward accomplishing those Utopian goals.

I rather fear the venality and greed factors were once and again intruding upon affairs of state.

The stories of woe were not more than crocodile tears purposed to elicit sympathy for idylls; castles in the air, or maybe more-so mansions in FNQ. (Far North Queensland)

As Phil is alluding:
the plight of those who write
is increased by bikman's might
defying communal literary light
denying historic gleaned insight
destroying by an outcome's blight
dreams and hopes thru insidious night

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