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23 July 2016

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But first we have to cut the head off the snake

Martyn I think your stand is the most affirmative action that can be taken.

What about a linking of like-minded people in the social media to further purvey this message?

There was an equally valuable suggestion made by David Kitchnoge on Paitim Garamut - he suggests that the five founding fathers band together to support a united front in the next elections.

With fire brand politician Gary Juffa and other senior figures (e.g. Sam Koim, Lucas Kiap, Dr Tony Deklin, Act Now PNG) sharing these sentiments it may be a good time to start a lobby group.

One of the benefits of taking a stand during conflict is to learn more about those who stand with you and those who are against you.

Conflict can be edifying in that way - and "anger the truth will out".

The Opposition needs to rebrand itself around common uniting themes and present itself as a credible alternative to the people of PNG. Likewise, the vocal middle class voice need to be better aligned as a collective force for good.

I wonder what the end game is Mathias.

What does the man want?

Is he just power hungry. Is he salting billions away in overseas accounts for his ultimate escape?

Is he the devil incarnate?

We have come 40 plus years and in these years we have heard all this rhetoric of good governance, accountability, fair, free and safe elections, etc etc.

My worry now is the future. In 2017 O'Neill will use all the resources at his disposal to rig the general election (in his favour).

We have seen enough to know that this man is very dangerous and very desperate.

Begin by accounting; be not shy of realities of profligate PNG stealing. Take account of each PNG government cheque made and paid and mislaid.

Make a count of every trade of PNG sovereign wealth that is stealth. Rake over counting losses, supplant cropping, meet with measuring. Be accountably better, factual, truth revealing.

Attract to Wilhelm heights, leaders to love, not those who heist.

There is now a reasonably large core of opposition members but as Martyn points out they look and sound exactly like the rabble in the government. It's hardly a promising either/or choice for the average Papua New Guinean.

What the opposition could do now is take a leaf out of the Federal Labor Party in Australia. They worked hard and came up with a set of policies setting out what they proposed to do if they won government.

They nearly knocked off a first-term government that way. And they think the government won't last the term and are gearing up for an early election with even better refined policies. If Australians vote them in next time they know exactly what they are getting.

That's what was missing in the vote of no confidence. No one, including the opposition members, knew what they were going to do if they won. The general assumption was that there would simply be a swap in the pigs at the trough.

One issue which needs addressing, and probably was somewhat by the aftermath of the student protests, is the nationwide recognition and understanding of the roots and results arising from the state of governance till date.
Perhaps that will excite a move away from bikman politics toward proactive nationalism.

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