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06 December 2018

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I've done a few of these consultation tours, both in PNG and in Australia, and my experiences have been similar to those described by Leonard, people stay away in droves.

The tours I did were nowhere near as contentious as the one he describes and the issues had nothing like the import of those he was seeking opinion on.

My first inclination is to suggest that people in Bougainville may have reached a level of fatigue with respect to the referendum and the issues involved but my own experiences suggest that isn't all.

I suspect a lot of people believe that no matter what they say the 'authorities' will do what they want and there is no point talking about it over and over again.

It will be interesting to see what the actual turnout is for the actual referendum. I suspect it might be low.

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