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14 October 2018


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William, I think Gabriel has a point here. If the PNG government wants to order Maseratis and splurge on other things like Falcon jets and sponsored overseas trips, perhaps even possess secret bank accounts and, dare I say, enter into private deals between government ministers and overseas private companies, who are we to say this is not right?

So the country has a health system in rapid decline, the education system is in tatters, the public service isn’t performing, etc. Why are we who live elsewhere and enjoy the benefits of a government system that works (mostly), feel compelled to seemingly pontificate about our neighbour’s affairs?

Surely it is the right of every nation to elect those leaders who will perform effectively and give their supporters what they clearly want?

We should merely retreat back over the anachronistic national border of the Torres Straight and mind our own business.

Clearly all the previous billions of aid dollars have been totally wasted on such spurious programs as ‘Strongim Gavaman’. All those self-actualising, warm and fuzzy programs aimed at ‘bettering the participants’ by social engineering the local society are just merely ‘samting nating’.

Puuf! Liklik win nau i rausim ol simok bilo displa kain bulsit tok na pasin.

We Australians are misguided at best and at worst, just plain wrong in what we are trying to achieve.

Let’s stop calling a spade a shovel. We need a new approach. Our aid programs are being misrepresented by those who are supposed to receive the benefits. Our intent is surely being misinterpreted. Our so called aid programs are and have been mostly a useless waste of hard earned Australian taxpayer money.

Let us therefore actually learn from those who are in fact, really making a difference.

So who are those who really do control PNG? Who are those who are causing the nation and her people to become beholden to vast government loans that admittedly aren’t achieving what is being claimed they should?

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em I say.

Setting aside the ethics of buying these vehicles and the decidedly odd way they were acquired, the PNG government might actually make money out of this dodgy deal.

My brief research suggests that the vehicles were acquired at a cost of A$175,837 per unit, which is well below the starting price in a Sydney showroom, which is around $210,000 for a base model or $250,000 for a fully optioned model.

Even allowing for freight and insurance costs, the potential is there to make a profit provided the vehicles can be sold for no less than the current asking price in Sydney.

We shall have to wait and see who ultimately buys these vehicles and at what price. I would not be betting on a transparent process being used though.

All that said, this is a very bad look for the PNG government and the way they have handled it looks and feels bad too. Basically, this deal doesn't pass the sniff test in a country beset by many, many problems.

Like Keith, I'd love to know just what this has got to do with Australia and look forward to Gabriel Ramoi's detailed account of how this is the case.

My suspicious mind thinks there may have been two invoices - KJ

Gabriel - The so called weaknesses in today's PNG government procurement system are a result of Melanesian creativeness both within and outside the present government procurement system since Independence.

The buck stops directly at the chief executive of Papua New Guinea and his hangers on.

As an Australian by choice, I resent on behalf of myself and my fellow Australians your imputation and generalisation that Australians are the cause.

I am also recognised as a citizen of Ireland and the United Kingdom by right of birth.

As the dust settle it is now apparent that it is Australian citizens who are leading the charge in taking advantage of the weak oversights in the government procurement system to make a killing in PNG.

Interesting comment from Gabriel. Do you have more information, Gabriel - KJ

"One of the necessary accompaniments of capitalism in a democracy is political corruption" - Upton Sinclair

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