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22 January 2016

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My friend, Ellison, thank you for your kind words. That's agreed, working with the strengths of indigenous people is important in policy development.

Most Governments do no recognized the power that lies on their indigenous people and most often than not make wrong decisions especially on foreign policies. Therefore, people will always not fail but the state most time fail their own people.
Good thought Don.

Every country has the government it deserves - Joseph de Maistre

Gary Juffa is doing a great job - no one better.

Wish we had more like him.

Michael and John,

There has never been a better opportunity than to advertise the true situation and educate the people that are being used.

Just look at what Gary Juffa is not just saying but actually doing.

Governor Juffa is setting the benchmark for others to emulate.

John, your comment strikes at the core of our fiasco, "gullible and ill-educated people and those who are hell-bent of abusing them".

Handouts from politicians even through the distribution of the DSIP funds have painted a very bad picture that people are already not capable, and must now wait upon or look around for easier opportunities.

Blame gullible and ill-educated people and those who are hell-bent of abusing them.

Well Michael, therein lies the rub. To be fully informed clearly enables better decision making.

However if the only options available are a choice between poor or no management then blind Freddy could predict the outcome.

It is clearly better to keep the broad PNG population uniformed if you don't want to have them question any decision or any mistake you make and if your objective is to deceive, gain uncontested power or if you are just a lazy and indolent spiv.

If those who do know what better alternatives there are available but don't publically speak out, who will? The problem in PNG is that any public utterance will of course be looked at through the local cultural prism that has never really altered. It will inevitably meet resistance from those who stand to lose what they have so far gained or hope to gain. PNG's homegrown culture of public shame should then be considered.

The challenge is for those PNGians who do know proven, better ways of managing government and the public service need to be able to translate that knowledge transparently through the PNG cultural prism and and effectively publicize that knowledge.

Outsiders like myself, even given our knowledge and expressed concern for PNG and her people, can only look on and hope we can help in a very limited capacity. The danger is always that it's easy to be critical when one isn't directly involved however there is really no way we can be at the moment.

Poroman, 'Nhil carborundum reducim'

It's somewhat insulting to think of the mass of my people being so simplistic as to not comprehend what good government and coherent policy is about.

But I'll readily admit that most people are less knowledgeable.

Another way of looking at that is that my people are less informed.

Whose job is it to inform them?

Meanwhile PNG's elite writer's pussy-foot around with organizing a competition - to what ultimate purpose do we write, mere titillation?

Small-scale = community level, small organizations, big differences.

Which is what we hoped the Crocodile Prize would lead to. Well, SWEP was a flop.

Powerful is what writers can be. Wake up.

A very succinct postulation Ian.

Apart from the practical difficulties in voting freely, can we really believe that the mass of people have a realistic notion of what good government, or coherent government policy, could mean?

It seems to be hoping for a lot. Traditional governance wasn't/isn't about development (that is, change), right? So it's not much of a model, even if it weren't manipulated by unscrupulous politicians. The experience of 'government' before and since Independence was really an experience of administration -- public authorities not representing popular choices in any clear way.

So people don't already know, or remember, what government can be. They have to imagine it. Without much in the way of media, or education, or knowledge of the world. It's asking a lot.

Maybe small, or smaller-scale, happy examples? (Oro?) Maybe a really powerfully motivating movement?

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