TUMBY BAY - Everything appears to be going to hell in a teacup. Economy spiralling out of control. Government borrowing money to pay interest on other borrowings. Rock bottom on every economic and social indicator the world compiles.
Massive and uncontrolled exploitation of non-renewable resources by ravenous multinational corporations - the nation’s future seemingly for sale. Precious millions of kina spent hosting frivolous and irrelevant international conferences and sporting events to boost the ego of the elite.
Major infrastructure falling apart. Hospitals deprived of essential drugs and equipment. Long eradicated diseases re-appearing. Drugs and alcohol laying waste to young people. Schools without books, teachers and classrooms. Public servants without pay. Well educated people without work.
The police and military corrupted. The judiciary compromised. Law and order out of control. Criminal gangs infiltrating government. Gun control non-existent. The fraud directorate denied funds to pursue the corrupt. Fishing and logging inspectors disappearing in the pursuit of their duties. Suppression of the media and attacks on journalists.
Brutal and primitive beliefs in sorcery and cults escalating. Women and girls openly brutalised.
Every facet of public life corrupted beyond reason and imagination. Routine government services and projects exploited by predatory public servants and politicians. Dirty money laundered overseas through property and other assets (with the help of Australian financial institutions). Elections rigged to retain power and keep the money flowing to people unworthy of public office.
And it seems nobody cares enough to do anything but talk about it. A cowardly and impotent elite shrugs its shoulders and retreats into its comfortable shells.
It’s a big list and it grows worse day by miserable day.
Is this the end of a bold experiment, the end of time for a nation that promised so much but seems to have failed so miserably?
Is this the Africanisation of a Pacific nation, the beginning of dictatorship and totalitarian rule by puppets whose strings are pulled by the savage beasts of greed and oppression?
Can’t those with the power to act see the sharks circling? Don’t they realise there are predators out waiting for failure because failure offers even greater opportunities?
Is the Papua New Guinea government selling out a better future for the people?
Is it too late to change what appears to be an inexorable slide?
Will the rest of us just shrug and walk away, saying it’s all too hard? It’s a waste of our time and money?
Is this really the Melanesian Way?
When are the people of Papua New Guinea going to stand up and say, enough is enough?
When will they demand their rights and enforce their will and say, we’re not going to put up with this any more?