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27 November 2018


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Lindsay F Bond

At first glance, the idea of tracking respect for fundamental freedoms in countries has appeal, especially where considering civic space as "closed, repressed" and so on. For citizens who take to the streets to seek change, the prospect is daunting, even damaging by inhibition of self.

As logic holds for researchers (trackers) to present findings for wider credence, categorising nations (countries) such that Papua New Guinea might be listed as among the 'obstructed' maybe but hues fluorescently glossed.

More complex than tongue may speak or taste, are retardants within societies, and restraints not so obvious by measure at market places and civic convocation spaces.

By the very news media of the profession spoken of and celebrated today in PNG Attitude, but as viewed of news in Australia, it is seen: "Lawyers appealing former [senior religious cleric's] conviction for covering up child abuse have argued that convincing a child to perform a sex act did not constitute indecent assault in the 1970s."

Though not from the cleric but from 'lawyers', oddity of purpose in appeal crosses advocacy of children being such of the aspired Kingdom. In the space provided at public expense, among professional actors publicly endowed, as gazed upon by public and persons pressed to report, is oddity too complex to court with question?

Both in the writing of this question and in the publishing in this webpage, question implies no more than surprise and is not to inhibit opportunity for use of surprising contention. Civility at court is to be cherished.

If suffering surprise is an expectation at court, safeguarded by principle and constraints, it offers aspect of modelling process for 'out of doors' locations, where society at large is on trust to itself, and governance ought well to be respective.

Journalists and media principals are to be encouraged, so to be accurate, interpretive, distinguish-ably ethical and empathetic, and enabled with trust at serving the societal and national wellbeing.

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