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03 July 2016


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Speaking of democracy in danger, do you realise that the Australian Treasurer Scott Morrison is an Assemblies of God member?

His church - Shirelive - believes in the literal interpretation of every word in the Bible, the power of divine healing and speaking in tongues.

Better put an electric fence around the traditional artworks at Parliament House.

"....part of a campaign to get prime minister Peter O'Neill to reign".

I thought he was doing that already. (No need to correct KJ.)

Well spotted on both counts, Peter. But no typo must be allowed to reign - KJ

Corruption in Australia's visa processing.

The Fairfax Media-7.30 investigation includes interviews with two whistleblowers, and a covertly filmed sting, which captures a fixer saying that for $50,000 in cash per foreigner, his syndicate can create phantom jobs and visa sponsorship.

The revelations suggest corruption infects every level of the visa supply chain – migration agents, employers who sponsor workers, education providers and immigration officials. There is little effective deterrence for perpetrators.

Crime syndicates and people smugglers are involved in widespread rorting of Australia's work and student visa programs, according to whistleblowers and a former top immigration official.

The claims come as the Australian Border Force is facing more than 100 allegations of corruption, including suggestions that some immigration officers may be supporting the rorting, a Fairfax Media and ABC 7.30 investigation can reveal.

Border Force chief Michael Pezzullo has referred 132 cases of alleged corruption involving immigration officers to the under-resourced federal law enforcement watchdog in the past 12 months, more referrals than the watchdog has received in any year since its creation in 2006.

In a follow-up report on Tuesday, Fairfax and 7.30 will reveal how organised criminals are infiltrating the border security system, along with claims that the existing watchdog, the small Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity, is badly outgunned.

The students are playing into O'Neill's hands. They've just destroyed all the gains they've made as well as their credibility. Poor old PNG, there goes their last chance, my heart weeps.

There's a good editorial in today's Sydney Morning Herald making exactly the same points about Manus & PNG governance many of us have been making for weeks now - it's almost as if it was pulled off the PNG Attitude blog.

Nauru confirms that approval from Australia is required to visit the detention centre. Is the same true for Manus? It seems so. PNG doesn't charge $8,000 for a visa like Nauru, it just conveniently loses things in the post.

The myth of sovereignty busted.

Democracy notebook has much of benefit for readers seeking current status of emergence in PNG politics. More access and speedier might be useful to newer readers, if in the exemplary manner of Mathias Kin (a post on 19/6/16), a page of ir-refuted facts, maybe in a timeline format, was similarly available.

Susan Merrell writes that someone impersonating her has recently been posting comments in PNG Attitude - something she says she has "no intention of doing ever again". As a result all comments bearing her name since May have been deleted and the IP address blocked. Susan's earlier comments have been retained.

According to report, PNG "Internal Affairs officers arrested the director of the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate, Chief Superintendent Matthew Damaru".
So, will this action be brought to the respective PNG court, in normal method and period for processing? Will credibility in the action of arrest be sustained in legal proceedings? Is credibility even a worthy contention?

That's extraordinary about the PNG Defence Force recruitment if it is true.

What's O'Neill up to - building a private army?

Very scary indeed.

Maybe he's been talking to Robert Mugabe for longer than we realise.

Seems Peter O'Neill's spin doctor can't handle criticism.

They are all apparently "sexist, ageist, racist rapists" for daring to criticise her. (PNG Echo, or maybe should be Peter O'Neill's Echo))

As Harry Truman said "If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen."

The purpose of commissions of inquiry in Papua New Guinea seems to be to sweep things under the carpet and forget about them. How many such inquiries has the government acted upon in the last few years? I can't think of any.

The argument about the police using high powered rifles because that was all they had is also facetious. Daniel Kumbon's son was there and he was hit in the leg by a rubber bullet. Clearly the police had alternative means. They've also got riot gear, I've seen them in it. Helmets, shields and batons (and fan belts) are regularly used by the police in Port Moresby.

I think the shooting was deliberate and it was done under someone's instruction, perhaps the Police Commissioner or the Police Minister. They must have alerted the Prime Minister of their intentions at some stage. If they were freelancing that's even worse.

Unfortunately we will never know.

It might be wiser that Mr O'Neill and Mr Baki and their cohorts take time out to reflect that "all these students have parents" - bad karma.

It also might be time to write a letter to Aunty Liz recommending that the prefix " Royal" be stripped off the nomenclature of that previous august body the PNG police force.

Sam Koim, I also cried like a child as soon as I saw the wounded student on PNG loop. I cried to God to save his life.

I cried some more when I saw other students carrying their injured students to hospital on TV Wan news updates.

And there was open mourning at Sir Tei Secondary School among students and when they came marching into Wabag town crying for help, police chased and scattered them like chickens.

News poured in and people thought four students including a female student from the Sepik were already dead. Wabag town felt silent and groups of people were seen discussing the day’s events. There was grave concern and sadness on their faces.

Then PNG Power went off and people could not see EMTV and TVWan news.

If anything happened yesterday 8 June, the blood of students and the tears of the nation ran thick. Blood will continue to flow into the 2017 national elections. It will be a great shame if the people of Ialibu-Pangia re-elect Peter O’Neill to parliament to represent them once again.

The violence has started. If if gets fully underway, it will be impossible to stop.

Shades of the French revolution are sadly applicable.

The ACP membership includes a lot of delegates from so-called failed states and dictatorships.

It makes you wonder what they are talking about. I bet it's not good governance or how to end corruption.

"Exim Bank of China has reneged on a loan of K900 million to the PNG government . . ."

One suspects that the reneging of the loan has a lot more reason than "out of time".

I was involved in some very early negotiations for this loan. An advance on the loan was given to the PNG government for early works and a substantial amount of the advance was misappropriated. The Chinese were not happy chaps.

The Chinese also negotiate loans of this kind only on their terms, particularly the engagement of labour. They will tolerate some local input, but the bulk of the labour was to be Chinese.

They are also suspicious of O'Neills 'Camelot' approach. Susan Merrell's "whistling a happy tune" would not impress the Chinese.

Michael - did you realise that Fascism was alive and popular in Australia in the 1920's and 1930's? The New Guard raised militias, blocked Parliament House and were on the verge of a coup.

They were supported by many Australian politicians at the time, and forced the resignation of NSW Premier Jack Lang. De Groote of the New Guard even hijacked the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge by galloping up on a horse and slashing the opening ribbon with his sword before the State dignitaries.

Many political leaders admired Hitler and Mussolini (even Menzies), and spoke glowingly of their smashing of Unions and the need to use violence to counter the threat of socialism. Menzies tried to outlaw the communist
party, but was defeated in a referendum on the issue, as it required a change to the constitution.

Are we seeing a return to the roots of fascism in Australia, and perhaps PNG?

Here are some classic indicators of a Fascist movement...

- A strong leader or small group of leaders with psychopathic tendencies

- Rules by fiat, slogan and intimidation

- A culture of lying

- Defines and maintains an underclass while redistributing wealth and power to an elite

- Filters information so that the government only receives advice it wants to hear

- Controls the media

- Is nationalistic and militaristic

- Takes over industry and commerce

You decide.

Capitalism may be sick, but I doubt if socialism is our cure all or natural state in PNG.

We're more likened to tribalism with the influence of capitalist theory and a false glorification of Melanesian principles - which are socialist in some aspects of ownership, provided that in most cases that you have penis and not a vagina.

Socialism has worked to realize some of the 'happiest states' in the world in historically feudal empires of the Scandinavia.

Some things are free (like education and health) but the benefits must come with costs - a very high standard of living balanced by a strong economy I think.

But they got there via a very long and bloody path - although with the supposed demise of neo-liberalism and apparent rise of liberal socialism thinks might be changing.

That another reason why Game of Thrones is so popular, but I digress - Peter Kranz...?

Kari, I believe the actual quote is 'The love of money is the root of all evil'.

The nub of the problem for PNG is that there was no real preparedness for the responsibility of government. If you want someone to blame, look to the UN and those members who insisted Australia get out of PNG as quickly as possible. But those who jumped up and down then are no longer around except perhaps Mr Mugabe. All the rest are probably now comfortable relaxing in wealth or been overthrown by revolution.

Strange that the African, Caribbean and Pacific are all now lumped together by some nefarious attraction?

Well Mr Sung has sung it all. It's now up to the righteous PNGians to take the message to the people who should know what's going on.

But will they listen and understand? That is the real question that should be asked?

What will the clans and tribes think and do when the next election is held?

Without any hope of change, it's far easier to blame something or anyone rather than accept responsibility.

Capitalism is a disease. It has devalued human lives & corrupted our communal culture of sharing and caring. Money is the root of all evil. It has destroyed the fabrics of our communal culture as Melanesians. We Melanesians are Socialists judging from our societal structure and obligation of tribal members.
We have to justify our stance politically and to prove the worthy of our independence. It is the system of Westminster politics and its unplanned economic posture. People are blind when they use the word 'Freedom’. Melanesians don't know freedom. We are warrior society loyal to our Chiefs and the progress of all.

Be ourselves. Be Realistic.
We are 'Socialist'.

Getting off track a bit but why are all the greedy and/or corrupt politicians in the Haus Tambaran so fat?

Would it be going too far to suggest that you can't trust an overweight politician?

Has anyone counted Peter O'Neill's double chins lately?

Jo Sung MP has neatly articulated all that is wrong with politics in PNG.

All that unites the PNG government is blatant self interest as reflected in guaranteed access to DSIP funds which, of course, are used at the absolute discretion of the MP concerned. The opportunities for bribery and corruption are obvious.

It is also a sad illustration of just how little Mr Sung and others of his ilk either know or care about the proper role of members of parliament. "Show me the money" is their first and only question for a prospective Prime Minister.

I think that it is more and more likely that nothing short of a revolution can save PNG from those like Mr Sung.

Well the 'Vice' minister for Provincial and Local Level Government Affairs Joe Sung has said it all hasn't he?

'While ever the DSIP funds keep coming we will support the PM.'

So forget about any logical or legal action, its all a matter of graft and corruption and the situation will not change nor any vote of no confidence pass in the house while ever the PM hands out the graft.

But have the coffers been depleted enough for the process to collapse? Using Mugabe's alternative, the PM can just keep printing money until it proverbially 'ain't worth the paper it's printed on'.

So the challenge has been issued and the metaphorical glove thrown on the floor. Any hope of a peaceful changeover will never occur and those with the power (and money), will never concede.

The alternative under these circumstances is clearly what happened in the Middle Ages in Europe. Civil wars and actual conflict are eventually going to happen as they have in almost every other developing country.

The 'Pax Australiana' that we once installed has at least lasted long enough for there to be some educated and honest PNG leaders to emerge. Let's hope they can rescue their country before the mayhem and chaos gets too bad?

Those moribund buffoons in Canberra will while away their time with worries about what's PC and most importantly, what meets all the modern concepts of social engineering and what their superannuation benefits will be, while our respected neighbour implodes.

After that inevitable implosion, they will then be heard to say in the very words of 'Yes Prime Minister'... 'Maybe there's something we could have done but it's far too late now.'

Who wants to be a trillionaire? I heard that the Zimbabweans were aghast at the cost of hotel accommodation in Port Moresby.

Zimbabwe’s government claimed to have overturned the laws of economics during its own bout of hyperinflation nearly a decade ago. Gideon Gono, then governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, claimed that “traditional economics do not fully apply in this country,” and said “I am going to print and print and sign the money…because we need money.”

The result was an increase in prices so swift that it was almost impossible to calculate the rate of inflation. By some estimates it peaked at 500 billion percent, as the government printed ever-larger denominations.

Notes such as one with a face value of 100 trillion Zimbabwe dollars are worth much more now as a novelty on eBay (where they sell for about $45) than they ever were in shops in Harare.

These Zimbabwe banknotes were printed in the hyperinflation period of Zimbabwe from 2006 to 2009. Now a valued collectable and novelty, the Zimbabwe note signifies a piece of history in which a country printed the highest value on any banknote in existence, the Zimbabwe 100 trillion dollar bill, the most unique banknote in the series with 14 zeros!

And in case you thought they'd turned the corner, they are now printing their own US dollars. I'm sure that's going to fix things.

So as well as welcoming a thug, a murderer and a dictator, PNG is going to take lessons in money-laundering. Sigh!

It might turn out to be O'Neill's biggest misstep Robin.

I hear that Engan UPNG students are already holding rallies in Wabag, Kandep and Wapenamanda against O'Neill. Probably happening elsewhere too.

Maybe a degree of recognition of the perils of loosing thousands of students upon their hauslines provokes PM O'Neill to plead for a return to studies.

No doubt Peter O'Neill will invite Robert Mugabe around to his house for a few drinks and so he can pick his brains and learn a few new tricks.

Or maybe Mugabe will pick up a couple of useful hints.

It would be very easy to draw some similar comparisons between Mugabe and O'Neill. No doubt some will. The difference for Mugabe is that he has the vast majority of his tribal support base that will keep him in power no matter what the cost. Clearly Mugabe doesn't care about then cost to his country or his people. A typical despot.

This is not the same situation in PNG. Mugabe may have a country where the Mashona majority (85%) can dominate the original Matabele (N'dele at 15%) but this is not the same as PNG where O'Neill might have the support from a section of the Highlands but not all. Simbu is now about to flex its muscles by some reports.

When the finances and influence start drying up, that's when there will be a reckoning and a scramble for new alliances.

It appears that Paul Paraka is not going to be pursued for his involvement in the legal fees affair. One can only assume that, if he is pursed, he will name quite a few who were involved.

This occurred with the trial of Jimmy Maladina. An associate of Maladina did tell me that Jimmy had said that if he was pursued, he would, while in the witness box, read out a list of active participants in the fraud.

Those on Jimmy's list certainly did not want Jimmy tried in court, and assisted with Jimmy fleeing the scene. The rest is history now.

We cannot assume O’Neill's guilt or innocence – that is the role of the courts, and O’Neill is determined not to have that happen. He may well be concerned that Paraka may become chirpy in court.

This development is not related to anyway with the recent PNC Party MP's victory.

I remember Willie Brandt using the term "realpolitik' in the sixties with regard to the cold war and justifying having to negotiate with the Russkies. But it goes back much longer than that. It means practical politics, the art of the possible or pragmatism (do what works).

The term Realpolitik was coined by Ludwig von Rochau, a German writer and politician in the 19th century. His 1853 book Grundsätze der Realpolitik angewendet auf die staatlichen Zustände Deutschlands describes the meaning of the term:

"The study of the forces that shape, maintain and alter the state is the basis of all political insight and leads to the understanding that the law of power governs the world of states just as the law of gravity governs the physical world.

"The older political science was fully aware of this truth but draw a wrong and detrimental conclusion - the right of the more powerful.

"The modern era has corrected this unethical fallacy, but while breaking with the alleged right of the more powerful one, the modern era was too much inclined to overlook the real might of the more powerful and the inevitability of its political influence."

Peter Kranz - there are a few politicians playing the realpolitik and I believe that Powes is one of those.

There does come a time when a firm stand should be taken and one would assume that when laws are by-passed, bent or broken, the constitution is used as 2-ply, the spirit of the leadership code is exorcised, the judiciary singled out with contempt, the police force used as pawns, the economy in a quandary and business crying for relief that the time to stand-up for something had arrived.

Tomorrows leaders were at the UPNG forum yesterday.

Today's leaders sent delegates to meet them.

Well done to Powes, but he can do better than that, and I believe that the majority of NCD would stand behind him despite the cultural diversity in the city.

I forgot to give credit to our contributor Gary Juffa. Maybe a Juffa/Parkop alliance could form the basis of a better PNG Government?

Paul's recent comments are important. It's all very well to tear down the political establishment with civil unrest and legal disputes, but what do you put in it's place?

Well of course it's up to the good people of PNG to decide, but from where I sit Powes Parkop seems to be one of the few with integrity that might just rein PNG back onto a fair course. And a good many PNG people that I have spoken to seem to agree.

There are some postgrad students at Newcastle who were sponsored to further their education here by the NCD Governor. They agreed he was determined to root out corruption and give the NCD better-educated managers and leaders.

So all Powes to them!

Phil, these are university students, they should have the education, the courtesy and the decency to inform their parents and citizens and particularly their fellow students on the grounds for their decision.

Just saying you want to suck up to the law is a farce.

When the law is being bludgeoned to death it is only reason and logic applied with ethical and moral judgment and power that can save it.

That the Divine Word University should be reminded of this by a secular and hedonistic poet is embarrassing for both parties.

Seems corruption afflicts both our countries.

A network of Australian border security officials is allegedly working for organised criminals, including drug and tobacco smugglers, in the most serious corruption scandal to ever hit the nation's border agencies.

A Fairfax Media investigation has uncovered multiple cases of alleged corruption involving staff from the Australian Border Force and the Department of Agriculture, along with maritime industry employees with government clearances.

Whether O'Neill stands aside or even when he stands aside is now really irrelevant. Perhaps the 'tipping point' has now been reached but maybe not. PNG politics is not an easy one to predict given the diverse nature of political support bases.

The real issue is: What happens after O'Neill departs?

One of two scenarios can happen. Either he and his team will be replaced by someone just as bad or worse or there is a planned alternative in the wings waiting to take over.

All the best intentions of everyone currently holding their breath will be for naught if the same type of person takes over the power of the PM and his team. This is what happened to the power base of the Philippines after Marcos.

History would point to there being very little in the outcomes if one of the PM's team then assumes power and excuses O'Neill from responsibility. Read the impeachment of US President Nixen.

PNG's ethical political leaders now need to be ready to take on responsibility otherwise all this current consternation will achieve nothing permanent.

The police Commissioner must feel he will not instantly be charged. 'Only acting under orders m'lud'.

Will the PNGDF be happy to remain in their barracks and not disobey orders?

The Ombudsman must be ready to sanction any action under the PNG constitution.

The Governor General must be ready to support whoever ethically assumes power.

Constitutional lawyers must be consulted and the ethical transfer of power sanctioned by law.

The Chief Justice must be ready with his team to cope with the subsequent multi disputes that will arise so that there can be no claims that the law will not be followed.

Can someone tell us who is ready and waiting in the wings when O'Neill is either deposed or steps aside? If the Deputy PM Dion is to take over power, will he then sanction any changes?

Will the Provincial governors be prepared to accept the changeover and await results rather than starting any 'clan' destined resistance movement.

Will the Departmental Heads be prepared to wait and see what will happen?


The really hard issues have not yet even begun to be debated on this site. I hope that doesn't mean they are not being thought of elsewhere?

I'm not sure that presenting a logical argument about why O'Neill should go will do much good Michael.

The issue has become an emotive one.

When his fellow politicians reckon he has been mortally wounded they will turn on him.

The name of the game now is to wound O'Neill at every opportunity. He's a tough bugger so it's going to be a long haul.

I post this merely for educational purposes.

Has it ever seemed to you that less competent people rate their competence higher than it actually is, while more competent people humbly rate theirs lower?

It’s not just your imagination. This is a genuine cognitive bias called the Dunning-Kruger Effect. (AKA the Dutton Factor)

The Dunning-Kruger experiments behind the research focused on cognitive tasks (logic, grammar, and evaluating humour), but similar disparities exist in other areas. In self-assessment of IQ, below-average people overestimated their score and those above average underestimated.

Is there anyone we know at DWU who is on PNG Attitude that can write and explain the reasoning behind this story?

I am genuinely interested in understanding their logic and what it is they do stand-up for if they are going to take this issue with Peter O'Neill lying down.

Specifically, they state that they are upholding the constitution.

Which part categorically?

What is the rationale?

What is the moral and ethical rationale?

What is their spiritual understanding of the term 'spirit of the law'?

And there are many other questions.

Perhaps there's someone with some writing skill who can say why they don't support this cause, because quite clearly everyone who does has explained themselves to one degree or another, while the opposing party have resorted to innuendo, disinformation, misinformation, false allegations and confused logic and unsound reasoning.

Are there any SVD's apprentices with the galls or balls for this task?

Australia's Immigration Minister (supported by PM Turnbull) says refugees are illiterate, innumerate even in their own language, can't speak English and will be a burden on the taxpayer, or take your jobs (take your pick).

And Australia says this is PNG's responsibility to sort out.

Says a lot about how Australia regards PNG.

"The PNG government has warned about agitators with "sinister purposes" behind university student protests and is to convene a meeting of the National Security Advisory Committee."

The NSA Committee are being tasked by Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari towards one purpose alone: answer the K3.7 million question - Who killed Cock Robin?

(Hey guys, if they say "It was I, I killed Cock Robin" you all know I was no where near that 'Little Dicky Bird - I was helping to Pick a Peck of Pickled Peppers for Mrs Pumpkin Eater to cook - okay?)

Loi Bakani - huh!

Some of us may not be very good at economics but you're assistance of O'Neill in this growing economic disaster is pathetic.

Even the janitors who work in the PM's office and the BPNG offices know the most basic rules of managing finances - don't spend what you don't have, and don't borrow to spend what you can't earn.

Honestly! How many times can we say 'dumb-fucks'!

Posted on my Facebook page:

Oi! Peter, where's all the money gone?

Some nice words are written about places in my country, Papua New Guinea - the home of 7.1 million "poor little rich kids".

A six-pack of our special locations are mentioned here.

1. Ok Tedi gold and copper mine. OPENED 1984. “At that time, this deposit was believed to be the LARGEST COPPER DEPOSIT IN THE WORLD.”

2. “Porgera Gold Mine is the second largest mine in Papua New Guinea and is regarded as ONE OF THE WORLD'S TOP TEN PRODUCING GOLD MINES.” OPENED 1990.

3. “The gold deposit at Lihir is within the Luise Caldera, an extinct volcanic crater that is geothermally active, and is ONE OF THE LARGEST KNOWN GOLD DEPOSITS IN THE WORLD.” OPENED 1997. Bigger than Porgera, therefore this mine is number 1 in PNG and one of the top ten producers in the world.

4. “Construction of the Hidden Valley mine began in 2007 and commercial PRODUCTION COMMENCED in September 2010. The Hidden Valley - Wau corridor is A WORLD CLASS HISTORIC MINING DISTRICT WITH EXPLORATION UPSIDE.”

Delivery of gold dredging equipment to Bulolo in Wau on 31st March 1931 was the FIRST EVER HEAVY AIRLIFT IN AVIATION HISTORY. Before WWII.

5. “The US$2.1bn Ramu nickel project near Madang, on the north coast of PNG, is one of the largest and most ambitious mining and processing projects to have been successfully brought into production in PNG during the past decade. Construction was largely COMPLETED BY 2012…”

6. And today we have the PNG LNG in the Southern Highlands. "In April 2014, the PNG LNG Project started production of liquefied natural gas ahead of schedule."

Now, tell me again how we shouldn't hold our politicians responsible for the downfall in our economy.

Deprived of your rights by depraved governments.

That's going around a fair bit nowadays.

Is humanity heading for extinction?

And in other news today...

Pity he couldn't have the same confidence in local medical advice when it came to the cases of Reza, Omid, Fazal, Khodayar, All Jafarri, Hsamid, Leo sand others.

Dutton and Morrison - you've got well over 30 deaths on your watch. Are you happy now?

Minister Dutton again demonstrates how well-versed he is in the skill of Newspeak*.

After a woman detainee had to be flown from Nauru to Brisbane to receive urgent medical attention, he claims medical facilities on Nauru were "significant." However apparently not significant enough to treat her condition.

He also revealed this amazing insight. Dutton said $11m of taxpayers’ money had been spent to upgrade the medical facilities on Nauru. And the doctors there are "medically trained doctors". Phew that's a relief, that might have had PhD's in Sociology!

He also hit out at asylum-seeker advocates who suggested the woman was deprived of adequate care.

“They are pushing a particular issue and they are trading in the misery of these people which is appalling,” Dutton said.

“The doctors on the island – medically trained doctors – have provided the medical advice about what could be provided to this woman and at which point she needed to be evacuated.”

* Newspeak is the fictional language in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, written by George Orwell. It is a controlled language created by the totalitarian state Oceania as a tool to limit freedom of thought, and concepts that pose a threat to the regime such as freedom, self-expression, individuality, and peace.

Good on you LAE PPC Anthony Wagambie Jr. Your father was a respected cop. You have certainly made him proud and earned respect by listening to the people.

The police must allow the masses to speak their mind. The policemen throughout PNG must not continue to suppress the population when they themselves are under resourced and continue to live in poor run-down condemned barracks with no water, no power, unhygienic conditions.

The people are fighting for the thousands of police men and women too.

Dutton is giving the Queensland Police a bad name (and that's saying something).

So what's the solution? Well for Peter O'Neill if he has any balls he will stand up to the bullies, close Manus, accept NZ's offer to resettle many of them then load the rest onto a patrol boat and drop them off on Sabai Island, thus neatly returning Australia's favour.

Mr Dutton knows very well that the precedent was set by O'Namah in 2011.

PNG MP's are willing to defy the constitution and the judiciary to get their own way.

Their champion PM continues to lead this battle for them today.

The rest of the MP's sit on the side and watch while their Souths pawa mangi does the damage.

Pngians should remember this well and remove all the current government MP's at the next elections.

Are we saying the same thing Keith?

I don't think the article itself is scandalous. Libelous perhaps, but certainly not scandalous.

I think the way the two major newspapers and EMTV supports O'Neill is scandalous however.

Peter Dutton again treats the PNG Supreme Court with condescension if not contempt and repeats the line that Australia's Manus detainees are PNG's responsibility.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton told Radio National the court ruling did not mean the centre must shut.

"The talks will continue for some time, I think they will probably go on for the next couple of months and they can deal with some of the legal issues," Mr Dutton said.

"But obviously the Supreme Court — as people now understand — had not ruled that Manus needed to close"...

Mr Dutton told Radio National PNG must resettle men found to be refugees, citing the memorandum of understanding entered into by the former Labor prime minister Kevin Rudd with the PNG Government "and our expectation is that that MOU will be honoured".

"Those people that have been found to be refugees under the MOU signed between Mr Rudd and the PM in PNG — the arrangement was for those refugees to be settled in PNG," Mr Dutton said.


I don't think that's a 'scandalous' article about PNG media. It all rings very true. I'm familiar with a couple of the charges levelled in there and can vouch for their veracity.

The garbage that the Post Courier, The National and EMTV produce is way beyond the Daily Telegraph sort of bias.

And it all began with O'Neill.

Before that everyone knew that the Somares were paying corrupt journalists but nowhere near the scale O'Neill has taken it to.

With the Australian media uninterested the only really reliable source nowadays is the New Zealand media and a few of the bloggers like Martyn.

No doubt O'Neill has a team working out how to shut them down too.

Scandalous = causing general public outrage by a perceived offence against morality or law - KJ

You can now search the Panama Papers to find out who is stashing their money offshore. A cursory search returns the following names from PNG.

Wari James Vele

Jeffrey Sioni Abel

Rhonda Marie Anderson

Paul Raymond Barber

I'm sure many more people cover their tracks by using fake companies, of which there are many thousands registered in small Pacific countries.

Follow the links, click on the names and further details are revealed. Mi wori lon yu indeed!

I’m sick of following what is going on in PNG at the moment.

I’ve decided it is a clash of cultures. The educated well-off people in PNG, the rich people, especially the ones with power, political or economic, just want to leap-frog PNG into the 21st century, into a modern affluent resource rich economy, with very high standards of living, flush toilets the whole works, four-lane highways, high rise buildings.... for those that matter.

They forget about the 87% back in the villages, the poor people. These rich people are happy to forget about the poor people, as usual.

We have seen it before in history, e.g., European History. Because of it my ancestors, who were poor, came out to Australia to start afresh and hopefully make a better life for themselves and their children. They probably did.

But what can the poor of PNG do? I can think of only one answer .... elect leaders who will care for them and not themselves.

I remember when I sat on the lawns outside the Admin Offices in Wewak and read the old Patrol Officer's reports back in the 1970s I read the local recipe used by local women who wanted to abort. I shall not repeat it here as some person might be stupid and want to try it and it might even kill themselves.

Well... During my stay in PNG I was told that abortion is openly practiced in PNG in private and public facilities. I have to admit that I never had time or an opportunity to check facts out, but rumors were so common taht everybody believed it to be true.

Phil - quoting Cocky Calwell is a bit problematic. When debating whether a Chinese family should be granted citizenship, didn't he say "Two Wongs don't make a White"?

And Peter Warwick (good name BTW) we did a deal with Cambodia (noted champions of human rights - remember Pol Pot?) for a few millions and 2 refugees settled there, then decided it was better to go back home.

So Australia's millions bought precisely nothing. And who got the money? Not that old Khmer rascol Hun Sen?, surely.

Seems Australia will do a deal with anyone provided the price is right.

This William bloke seems to have lost his marbles.

Perhaps Keith is right - Australia is an immoral country.

We have, after all, been dealing with immoral countries for some time - Papua New Guinea, China, Indonesia et alia - anywhere there is a fast buck to be made. All very pragmatic.

We conveniently overlook the atrocities being committed. Do not let an atrocity get in the way of a good deal !! Good Christian strategy (so help me God!)!

Australia needs to dismount from its high moral horse, and admit it is an immoral country, as Keith has suggested.

In case you hadn't noticed, the Australian budget was delivered last night. Whilst the media agonise about negative gearing, excessive spending on public services, taxation rates for the wealthy and off-shore tax-avoidance havens, few have commented on the reduction in Australia's foreign aid, which will directly affect PNG.

Whilst you can argue about how it is spent and whether money to foreign consultants, concentration-camp camp operators and dodgy political deals is well spent, the fact remains that last night Australia slashed a hefty $224 million from the foreign aid budget after a $1 billion cut the previous year.

The Fraud Squad has been barred from its office and the lead investigators are to be questioned because Police Commissioner Gari Baki wants to assert “command and control in the force.”

Now university students want to protest against O’Neill’s actions and demand that he front up in court to answer the charges against him

The police are against this democratic action.

Commissioner Gari Baki says, "I want to educate and inform the leaders of tomorrow so that they make wise and logical decisions," said Commissioner Baki.

While the metropolitan police superintendent Ben Turi says he “is wary of opportunists who may take advantage of the situation.”

These police officers are protecting the O’Neill government.

A government originally put in place by an act against the constitution of PNG.

A government which has spent more money than it will ever earn, through business deals against the laws of the country, and placed future generations under a tremendous debt burden of an estimated 56% of GDP – also in breach of the constitutional regulations.

Prior to all this O’Neill was a high ranking minister in a PNG government that was based on “a patronage system of governance and a culture of secrecy have led to the misappropriation of an estimated half of Papua New Guinea’s development budget of 7.6 billion kina (about 2.8 billion dollars) between 2009 and 2011 — Investigation Task-Force Sweep (ITFS)”.

O’Neill tried to disband TFS, but when that didn’t work he stopped their funding instead. The Ombudsman commission has been underfunded for years.

So no one in the government or the police force is wants to solve the ongoing crime – the theft of billions of kina of public funds.

Clearly it is today’s leaders who need to start taking ‘command and control’ of their greed, lust for power and brazen immorality, and to start making ‘logical and wise decisions’ because they are the ‘opportunists who are taking advantage of the situation’.

Agree with you Chris.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the election period. It might, heaven forbid, see us with more independents in the senate.

Arthur Calwell's immigration policy was a sensible centrist position.

Re the PNG debacle, the big danger now is that O'Neill will do his usual trick of doing nothing and hoping it all blows over and he gets away with it. PNG's need to maintain the rage. Now where have I heard that before?

Re William's points, I don't think Australians voted for Abbott or to do away with the carbon tax etc. I think they didn't vote for Labor because of all their chopping and changing and the Libs just happened to pick up their votes i.e. I don't think the average Australian voter particularly liked Abbott. If he was still there he's lose an election because people would vote for anyone not him i.e. Labor would win. I guess with Turnbull we'll just have to wait and see.

Nowadays it's the politics of celebrity, not policy.

A therapy tip for William.

Agreed, Chris Overland.

An open border policy is just as ludicrous and possibly as immoral as the current treatment of asylum seekers.

The moral obligation is to do something to resolve the issue at hand.

Australia cannot continue to wash this off their hands, and certainly not into PNG's hands, thank you very much.

It's time for Australia to sort out the asylum agenda because that's where these folks, legal or illegal, where headed when they were stopped.

Correction (bugger this touchpad thingie).

I know this doesn't add up to 100%, but that's because it doesn't include informal votes and votes for fringe parties that got no members, such as the Australian Sex Party and the Free Beer Party (Yes they are real). Hey, now I know who to vote for! Sex and free beer, what could possibly be wrong with that?

William - I think you are wrong about the last election results. You are comparing the votes for Labor in the HoR with the combined votes of all coalition-supporting parties. If you a take a broader view, the results for the HoR was -

49.93 (non coalition parties)
45.26 (coalition parties)

Source -,_2013

Results for the Libs themselves were only 32%. But the Byzantine nature of Australia's electoral system, combined with the uneasy coalition of four separate parties gave Abbott the numbers. So 50% of Australia's voters did not vote for the coalition.

The furious debate about the Manus Detention Centre is perhaps the single most divisive political issue I have seen in decades.

It is characterised by furious accusations of cruelty and inhumanity from those who generally but not exclusively come from the left of the political spectrum, and equally furious defensive responses from those who come from the right.

In Europe, this debate is beginning to transmogrify into something far more sinister, with violent activists from both right and left, faces covered with masks, beginning to assail one another in the streets.

Worse still, it is abundantly clear that the far right is beginning to benefit from the debate with, for example, a right wing figure apparently set to become President of Austria and ultra-nationalists figuring prominently in several Eastern European governments.

Even countries like France and Germany now have very significant signs of growing support for organisations like the Front Nationale and Alternative for Germany.

I am very concerned that, in Europe, well intentioned but terribly misguided politicians of the left have sought to impose upon their countries migration policies that are producing a perfect storm of conditions that will drive previously moderate citizens into the arms of neo-fascism.

For Angela Merkel to commit Germany to harbour over a million so-called refugees assumed a social, economic and political capacity to absorb such an influx that I and many others do not believe actually exists.

France and Belgium already have huge problems due to their failure to successfully integrate Muslim minorities and now Germany seems determined to follow suit.

It seems to me that there are tremendous risks associated with any "open borders" policy. There are countless millions of people who could and would rush to the exits in their own countries if they thought that they had an open invitation to go to a much more congenial one elsewhere.

The evidence for this is plentiful in Europe, where mass movement of economic refugees within the EU, let alone from outside it, is already creating major problems.

While I and, I think, most Australians support an expansive immigration policy for Australia, I am totally unwilling to support an essentially unconditional and open ended offer of asylum to the world's poor and oppressed citizenry.

This is not because I don't understand how dire their situation sometimes is but because this country lacks the social and economic capacity to cope with the foreseeable demand for support, services and jobs that must flow from an open ended policy position.

Also, I am totally unwilling to be effectively held hostage to a people smuggling industry based in South East Asia to determine who comes to Australia. I agree with John Howard's statement that we will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come.

Like many people who share my views, I greatly resent being lumped in with some of the ultra right morons who are trying to hijack the current debate to promote their racist and fascist ideas. They are dangerous idiots who will cause enormous harm if given half a chance.

It is imperative that we collectively take a pragmatic approach to this whole issue, not spend our time demonising those with a different view.

Personally, I'd like to see the Manus and Nauru Detention Centres closed. I think that they have served their purpose. How we justly deal with their current residents is an obviously difficult but not insoluble issue: legitimate refugees are taken in while the remainder are deported.

As things now stand, this debate, in its current form, effectively precludes the sort of earnest and polite conversations we need to have to sort this out.

Painted in whatever shade the Manus and Nauru island deals were immoral.

The fact that we vote governments in to make those choices for us does not remove guilt.

Peter O'Neill, morally bankrupt himself, seized the perfect opportunity and drew PNG into Australia's 'dirty deal, done dirt cheap'.

Thanks Keith for the anger management course you suggested. I do need some enlightening on Democracy and the Rule of Law.

It really is a PITA when an elected government just goes about its business of governing in accordance with the wishes of the electors who voted them in.

The constituents who voted the government in should be ashamed of themselves.

They all should be reading PNG Attitude for the low down on morality, issues, and any other issue. Forget those bastards in Canberra.

PNG Attitude has the answers!

Readers will be pleased to know we have the answer to PITA, and possibly to William: pain in the arse - KJ

Keith your opening statement “Showing off Australian immorality to the world, prime minister Turnbull . . . . .” in the Attitude Notebook is highly offensive.

Do not lump everyone into your view. Have the decency to at least say “In my view (and mine only) . . . . . “. Not everyone in Australia is on drugs.

Whether you like it or not (and it is clear that you do not like it) the Australian conservative parties received 45.5% of the primary vote, compared to 33.4% going to Labour.

It clearly gets up your nose, but under long standing arrangements (going back to the Greeks), that gives the conservatives the right to govern. That is clearly offensive you.

Australia is set to take the highest intake of refugees since WW2 at 25,750. This figure does not include standard migration people. Many of the “front door” refugee applicants are sitting in refugee camps, in squalid conditions, waiting for an Oz immigration official to give them their air tickets to Australia.

I imagine you have written to those people explaining that there are some refugees who have circumvented the normal procedures and they will be processed before you. We call them “queue jumpers” – a popular pastime in Australia”. Sori tru!

Please post your letters to them for all of us to see.

You could also explain in your letters to them that 1,200 people met their fate face down in the Indian ocean, although that may irk you, given your propensity to support those who attempted arrival by boat.

I am not suggesting that the circumstances of the Manus internees are satisfactory. But Peter O’Neill did sign the agreement for the processing on Manus Island. O’Neill could do them (and the world) an honourable favour and resettle the people processed as genuine refugees in his province of Ialibu-Pangia.

I have said before that Australia should not engage with PNG. PNG has a history of not holding up their end of deals. And Australia is not far behind them. I really wonder why we sign these agreements.

Time to visit your proctologist Keith for an examination.

Time for some anger management, William - KJ

In a classic example of Orwellian doublespeak, Peter Dutton (Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection) is now claiming that incidences of self-harm and violence on Manus and Nauru are the fault of human rights activists. Bellyfeel duckspeak.

May God have mercy on his soul (if he has one).

Thanks for your information on Wartoto. The AFP are doing the right thing. It is just a pity that it appears that the law courts of PNG are not willing to see justice done.

Johnno - the legendary Holmes I know would never have put up with this Australian farce, so quit abusing his intelligence and humanity.

A young refugee woman from Somalia has set herself alight at an Australian detention centre on Nauru, just days after a 23-year-old man, Omid, died of injuries sustained in a similar act.

It comes amid moves by the Australian immigration department to shift detainees out to other mainland facilities, a worsening mental health crisis in the offshore processing centres, and the sudden partial collapse of Australia’s offshore processing policy.

Omid’s widow on Monday told Guardian Australia that she is being kept in a Brisbane hotel by immigration authorities, denied access to a lawyer and sedated.

The name of the young woman who self-immolated on Monday is Hadon, sometimes also written as Hodan, and she is 21. Her suicide attempt on Monday afternoon, at OPC1 in the Nauru detention centre, has been confirmed by senior department staff.

(From The Guardian)

Johnno - just one flaw in your reasoning. The Australian Government has consistently rejected international law when it comes to asylum seekers. They are branded as 'illegal' (when the UN convention of refugees says that they have every right to claim asylum if fleeing from terror).

Australia has embraced 'refoulement' ie. sending them back to countries they are fleeing from, which is outlawed by UN convention. They are denied access to lawyers and Australian courts - which is why they have been shunted off to Manus and Nauru in the first place. And they are not even allowed to talk to the media, or have mobile phones.

And the UN have found that Australia's treatment of detainees contravenes the convention against torture. Murder, violence, rape, denial of medical treatment, child abuse - to name but a few examples, which Australia has at the least turned a blind eye to, or even condoned. (Why are the two expat guards alleged to be involved in the murder of Reza Barati not been returned to PNG to face justice, when Australia promised they would be, even after secretly flying them out of the country? Why did the DIBP take three days to approve medical treatment for Hamid Kehazaei,against medical advice, and who subsequently died?)

“The example of patient suffering is in itself the most precious of all lessons to an impatient world” - Holmes.

Watson: (enraged.) Holmes, someone called KJ has called your bluff! What a blighter.

Holmes: (thoughtfully sucking on pipe.) I have, of course, read his erudite comments Holmes. He says that people can get a special visa to Australia (an SCV) if they have not been "deported, excluded or removed" from any country.

Watson: So, KJ, whoever he is, is correct Holmes?

Holmes: Not at all, my dear man. He forgets one thing. Refugees do not fall under that category. As 'asylum seekers' and then approved refugees, they are protected by international law, which indicates that they have never been "deported, excluded or removed". Thus, they can travel anywhere they wish.

Watson: Well done, Holmes! That will teach this PNG Attitude crowd a lesson. A damned good thrashing with a horse whip would be appropriate.

Holmes: Or even a good flogging before the mast prior to lunch, Watson.

Watson: May I call you a hansom, Holmes? Your boots are not dirty and I don't with them to be.

Holmes: Handsome? I appreciate that Watson. But let's chat about that later...

The government is in thrall to the banks

The government is corrupt and corrupted.

Nepotism and cronyism are rife.

Senior judges are taking bribes.

The police force is corrupt and incompetent.

PNG 2016?


But this was also the case in the USA (and New York especially) in the 1890s.

So much for the current state of affairs in PNG being the result of the application of the so-called ‘Melanesian way’.

(See Ken Burns’ excellent documentary ‘The Roosevelts’ or read Nomi Prinz’s ‘All the Presidents’ Bankers’ for evidence.)

I believe PNG Attitude was the first to raise this many years ago. At least the mainstream media are at last taking notice.

"Australia is a bad neighbour and we should be better than this."

Capital efforts chaps! You're making an old ACD fan proud.

Actually Holmes never said "Elementary dear eaton." The closest he got was The Adventure of the Crooked Man when he said “I have the advantage of knowing your habits, my dear Watson,” said he.

“When your round is a short one you walk, and when it is a long one you use a hansom. As I perceive that your boots, although used, are by no means dirty, I cannot doubt that you are at present busy enough to justify the hansom.”

“Excellent!” I cried.

“Elementary,” said he.

But it would be churlish to criticise a good trope.

Holmes: And Watson dear chap, why would anyone in their right mind want to leave beautiful, enlightened New Zealand to come to xenophobic Australia?

Watson: Touche Holmes! The Kiwis and returning to their homeland in droves as we speak.

Holmes: And rightly so Watson, they're not dumb.

Watson: But there's one thing you have completely forgotten Holmes.

Holmes: Really? Acquaint me Watson. My knowledge is great.

Watson: But Holmes, New Zealand and Australia have a very generous and almost 'open door' policy on immigration. In other words, if the Manus 'refugees' go to New Zealand, they will simply move to Australia a year later.

Holmes: Rats! Hadn't though of that Watson. You are absolutely right.

Watson: Elementary my idiotic Holmes.

Holmes: But Watson, passport holders from New Zealand may be eligible for a Special Category Visa on arrival in Australia unless there are certain health or character issues which may affect their eligibility. If you have had any criminal convictions in your lifetime or you have been deported, excluded or removed from any country, including Australia, you do not qualify for a SCV and will need to obtain approval from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIBP) prior to travelling to Australia.

Watson - Drat it Holmes, I didn't read the fine print - KJ

Holmes - "Watson dear fellow, what should be done about these rascals on Manus Island?"

Watson - "Well I hear that the Antipodeans have denied responsibility"

Holmes - "Quite so. Her Majesty's Government cannot become involved in such trivial matters."

Watson - "The colonialists in New Zealand have proposed a solution. I understand they have offered to resettle them. Quite spiffing of them if you ask me."

Holmes - "Elementary dear Watson."

When I get pissed off with the world I resort to my Arturo CD's. He's up their with Miles, Louis and Dizzy. Enjoy.

New Zealand has upped the offer to 300. With a bit of pushing they will take the other 250 proven refugees.

How about Fiji and Vanuatu stepping in too - show Australia what human rights actually mean

Note to Peter O'Neill. Call Australia's bluff. Negotiate with NZ to resettle the detainees then sit back and wait for the Australian reaction. Don't let them keep playing you for fools.

A Royal Flush.

I realise that Elementary Logic is not one of the Coalition's strong suits, but this defies understanding.

Dutton - "The detainees on Manus are PNG's responsibility."

Some wise soul in PNG "Let's take up New Zealand's offer to resettle them."

Dutton/Turnbull "There is no way they will be settled in NZ."

Why the bloody hell not if it's PNG's responsibility?


That's a very pertinent comment from Emily Wilson on Twitter. If PNG is responsible for the refugees as Peter Dutton claims why shouldn't it take up New Zealand's offer and send 150 refugees there? Perhaps they could even negotiate a larger number.

In 2007, National Court Judge, the late Justice Moses Jalina, warned that the people of Papua New Guinea must not be complacent and think that everything is going to be OK.

He warned that PNG will face disastrous consequences, saying: “People are thinking everything is going to be OK. But in 10-20 years time PNG will not be the same.”

And Deputy Chief Justice the late Sir Mari Kapi expressed similar sentiments: “ Many leaders have got into conflict with the law, the respect for authority is at its lowest ebb.

"This is the age of what some people elsewhere have described as a golden age of greed, the philosophy of me, and age of individualism. I will get what I want regardless of what the law says.’

And President Dr John Momis warned that there will be a revolution if leaders are not careful to distribute wealth equally and if they do not respect the laws of this county.

I am glad I recorded these famous statements in my new book, ‘I Can See My Country Clearly Now’, which has just been published when PNG is confronted with the current crisis.

You can access it on if you care to read more of this beautiful country blessed with natural resources and easy-going people.

Is there a lawyer around who could or will venture a view or even an opinion about whether Merrell's post in in contempt?

Excellent suggestion - KJ

I thought Susan Merrell was employed as a PR consultant for Peter O'Neill. Has she denied this?

Ms Merrell has failed to address the matter when I have raised it previously - KJ

In Papua New Guinea a politician can be hailed by the masses as a hero for doing his job.

Yet, when a leader doesn't do his job (and does something entirely out of his job) and a few voices are raised in disagreement, all of a sudden elements within the masses incite them to shout down at the few dissenters.

This is the underlying reason why we may never improve our political leadership - the people are too ineffective in expecting better from their leaders.

Some say this is because of lack of awareness - pleading ignorance.

But in a court of law, and according to the predominant Christian faith, one can no longer escape judgment by pleading ignorance.

Two elements of PNG life need to metamorphose before we see any progress in PNG political leadership - Melanesian attitude to democracy (bikman sistem) and Christian attitude to politics (songan lida).

The silence of our leaders on pressing, vital and urgent issues regarding the law, constitution and particularly land rights - the most fundamentally important resource that Papua New Guineans own - demonstrates clearly that they are reactionary leaders, and most certainly not visionary, as they would have us believe.

Mathias Kin,I am sad to say that people in Australia, including important PNG people in Australia (I shall not mention any names, they might get upset), do not seem to be upset by what is going on in PNG.

They get on with their busy lives and concentrate on Australian life and all its goings on. In fact, when I met one on Friday, they just wanted me to tell them about what was going on in PNG.

You are now an "adult" country and I guess Australian people expect you to be looking after your own problems. But I think that if problems do arise and you ask for help, then the Australian government and NGOs will offer to help.

There is a huge flood going on in the Sepik River at the moment, a really high flood. Probably not in the newspaper yet but an NGO has already turned up to help. God bless them.

Where is the Australian government? Where is the Prime Minister and the Opposition leader? Their silence is deafening. Why have they all gone so quiet? Has somebody put a plaster over their lips?

And Barbara, I got you on that!

Pray may I ask, what is the Grand Chief's son, Arthur, up to with all these dramas going on? The silence is deafening.

I think Groucho said it for all of us. He asked the question, and the response was laughter.

"We've got the best Government money can pay for."

This is getting incredible.

Someone bribes a judge and Maladina takes back his confession so as not to implicate the prime minister.

I don't think I could think up a plot so convoluted let alone make it believable.

The term "Mickey Mouse Government" comes to mind. This wouldn't happen in a real country!

Pots and kettles they are, Peter. There appears to be no leader among leaders in PNG these days, except of course the "father of the nation".

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