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31 August 2017


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Philip Fitzpatrick

I'm not sure O'Neill is actually pushing the idea of 22 seats Mathias.

At this stage we've got no idea how he feels about the idea.

My feeling would be that if such seats came into being many of the women would side with the opposition.

And just on a selling point for the idea - if it was promoted as a transitional measure, rather than a permanent one, it would probably gain more traction.

And we mustn't forget sub-national politics - getting more women into local level government would be a great initiative and would provide them with experience to take to national elections.

A collection of reminiscences from the female politicians to date would be a good idea.

Josephine Abaijah and Nahau Rooney would probably contribute and an extract from Carol Kidu's book could be used. I'm up for it.

Lindsay F Bond

Rashmii, in short, yes.

If in March this year I went to Waseta to see at that primary school and parish centre, a visit by the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne (Primate of Australia) and celebration by folk of that area, further up that by-road is Sasembata and the village of the erstwhile Member of Parliament, Delilah Gore, then I would go so far to further her thoughts in reflection of hopes in 2012 and events transpiring since.

This year at Ballarat, I met Janice Newton who had by eleven months (late 1970s) living at Koropata near Waseta, amassed data that now presents in "Orokaiva production and change".

In our lifetime and its few generations, we have opportunity and privilege of witnessing transformation of a society that not long ago was astonished at intrusion and now is very accomplished. What a walk in time!

Can those women privileged at representation and parliament, with words, collect and connect as did Janice?

Rashmii Bell

Lindsay - Great idea! Will I be seeing you next Friday? Would definitely like to speak more to you about your thoughts.

Mathias Kin

O'Neill is pushing this bill because his government cannot pass bills on the floor of parliament with the 60 MPs he has. He needs 3/4 majority to pass any law.

It was a one way traffic in the last parliament. Not this time as he does not enjoy the numbers and the other side only 10 behind and a very credible opposition opposition too.

PO will want the 20 proposed reserve seats to boost his numbers.

Do not have faith in this PM. He is never genuine, can never be trusted and 75% of the time he lies netween the teeth.

Philip Kai Morre

For ever we will talk about women issues in politics and achieve nothing much. There are deeply underling issues and structural problems we need to address. When people's mentality not to support women are in their sub-conscious level there is nothing much we can do to support in their struggle, Please wait for the next generation when everyone start to understand the values of gender equality.

I will support gender advocators rather than supporting feminist because feminist have erroneous ideology that does not respect men as equal partners in development.

Lindsay F Bond

Any chance of a reflection of five years as a woman in the Parliament of PNG, written by or for each of the three women who were there 2012-2017 though now not re-elected? Maybe Dame Carol Kidu can assist?

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