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18 September 2018


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Lindsay F Bond

Plague is the indifference inflicted
significant inefficiencies
Vague is the inexactness ‘inquisit’
significant in exigencies
Blagued is but symptomatically caused
sinecured explanatories.

Rashmii Bell

Best piece of writing I read last week.

Where words have failed me in my rage against several of DFAT's agencies/ donors in PNG, their lack of transparency, integrity and accountability- KJ has nailed it here.

Albert Schram

Not using the 'C word', suggesting it is somehow undignified, is ridiculous. If there is stealing of public funds, the auditor general is supposed to report it, and the culprits are supposed to be indicted.

More transparency and public debate will help diminish corruption, while tolerance, acceptance and silence will only perpetuate a situation of general impunity.

Lindsay F Bond

For an exercise on coordination of deliveries by public expenditures, consider a Queensland local government council which has a delivery of tree planting, yet without first a delivery of effective barricading against motor vehicles which continue in the practice of traversing turf areas so also annihilating newly planted trees. Location hint? Insularity.

For an exercise of coincidental similarity, again of public expenditures, consider a PNG governmental delivery of health infrastructure where paucity of provision for availability of water in the months of lesser rainfall, deprives those in need of care 'deliveries', a non-availability 20 hours in each 24 hour duration. Location? New buildings at Tufi.

For an exercise on consequential health budget delivery, in respect of Tufi, there might be a wages component that is compromised where staff are likely precluded from otherwise anticipated utility in 'deliveries'. For this comment, however, no staff person was consulted, no patient/client was interviewed, no GoPNG record was compromised, yet it seemed to be.

Mark Davis

Health is indicative of the entire Australian aid effort. And while LNP government / DFAT encourages corruption through its improper electoral and financial support of the O'Neill regime, nothing will change.

In the current circumstances, aid is simply a way of allowing O'Neill and his cronies to steal the government funds in the health system or which should be going to the health sector.

DFAT is fully conversant with the blatant corruption in the delivery of medical supplies, and other rorts, but has not been able to devise an effective response over many years.

AusAID was actually part of this scam some years ago, but its wailing and hand-wringing achieved nothing.

Politically and administratively, Australia is like a rabbit frozen in the headlights. I've downloaded the report and will read it today - it'll be good for a laugh like a lot of the output from government and academia.

Paul Oates

Plans are all very well but as has been said many times previously, even the best battle plans are mostly useless after the first shot is fired.

The avoidance of the 'C' word and using euphemisms to obfuscate what everyone knows is the truth is just an excuse to do nothing. Those who subscribe to this form of myopic amnesia are just as guilty as those who perpetrate the root cause of the problem.

The facts speak for themselves. Anyone who really wants to know what is wrong has merely to look at the financial equation. Just simply follow the money.

Given that solution appears to be about as popular as the plaque,it would seem that those who shy away from the truth are just as guilty as those who selfishly cause the problems.

Australia now has a new Foreign Minister who was reportedly nominated by her predecessor. Unless events prove otherwise, one can presumably expect more of the same.

However, our new PM has at least made an attempt to understand some of the issues by actually visiting and walking the Kokoda track. Whether he learnt from what he saw in that brief encounter with the kunai roots and can do something positive about our international relationship with PNG will become clear soon enough.

Organizations like the Lowy Institute have been shining a spotlight recently over the local modern version of the 19th Century 'Great Game' and have drawn the ire from those who prefer to be out of the spotlight.

If as expected, the US November primaries give President Trump dyspepsia, he therefore clearly can't see why his presence in Port Moresby might have been significant for this part of the world at this time. His Deputy will in anyway inevitably be shielded from reality inside a huge bullet proof automobile so it's unlikely he will see, smell or experience anything like reality.

One of the causes of the Second World War was the US belief that their isolationism would protect them from becoming involved in what was felt by many to be just another European war.

Well the way it's going, the chances of the next war breaking out in what the US regard as their backyard and their paternally regarded 'swimming pool' might just bring their external views rapidly back into focus.

It will be interesting to see if during his planned brief visit to our region, Mr Pence wears his dark glasses or whether is prepared to take them off however briefly and confront reality.

Philip Fitzpatrick

It should be possible to calculate how many lives would have been saved if the money spent on APEC was, instead, spent on health.

From that you should be able to deduce how many people APEC has killed in PNG.

Will Self

Very well said.

Have a Plan - that is a good idea.

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