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27 October 2018


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Philip Fitzpatrick

I don't know how accurate this information is but I received it in an email this morning. (It originated from Jack Nambari on Facebook - KJ)

The Mechanical Condition of the 40 Maserati Vehicles

1. The 40 Maseratis have no software to make them go, so Maserati experts have flown from Australia to install it. At additional expense.

2. The Maseratis have constant electronic connection to the factory in Italy, but PNG internet speed is not sufficient for them to work.

3. A full time mechanical team has to be here during APEC to keep them running. All extra expense.

4. The diesel in PNG is unsuitable and will bugger the engines, turbo and catalytic converters.

5. The eventual buyers will have to pay all import duties.

6. There is no warranty on the cars.

7. The World Bank have told the PNG government that unless there is a very good explanation for these cars, a loan of USD100 million will be withheld. Good stuff.

8. Since Trump has pulled out of attending and US vice-president Pence will stay in Cairns and fly in and out for one day in POM, the American team has been reduced from 1,600 to 400. This has meant that the PNG government has leased and paid for a cruise liner which will be empty.

9. The Hilton Hotel was opened last week – string quartets, acrobats, three tenors and other carnival acts were there. The Governor of Western Province made a very good speech apparently. But he ended it with: ”As I look at this magnificent building I think about my people in Western sitting around the fire, scraping for food, suffering TB and dying of other diseases and with no electricity or medicine”. And walked off the stage."

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