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06 May 2019

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Australia seems intent on ignoring this important moment for PNG. I will be glad to hear information from the horse's mouth, so to speak.

I wish for PNG a set of politicians with vision for the wonderful and unique country that you could be and that I could see coming as Independence approached back in the 70's.

RadioNZ reports Peter O'Neill as having said "illegal attempt to bring down a properly mandated government".
See: https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/388592/png-pm-stands-firm-against-efforts-to-remove-him

An appall of Peter, a fib at best, proper tis not.

I don't think I've ever seen a policy document from any of the parties in PNG over the last 40 years or so. The last one I saw was from Pangu around 1976.

Lots of thought bubbles but nothing concrete that anyone could nail their allegiance to. Without public allegiance what is a political party? A boys club maybe.

Then again, check out Clive Palmer's UAP website, the last time I looked the policy page is blank.

I suppose that's because we all know what his main policy is - get a conservative government elected, use the balance of power in the senate, dig up the rest of the Galilee Basin and make lots of money.

That's called making Australia great.

Bit like PNG politics.

The essence of all this posturing may be hard to work out for those who look for healthy signs of an effectively operating Westminster government system (i.e. a pluralistic regime that has essentially two or more sides competing to form a majority that then becomes a government).

For those who know how PNG really works, the current fluidity is merely an escalation of traditional village politics, but on a much grander scale.

Perhaps this may be indicative of the genuine and evolving 'Melanesian Way' of governing PNG?

It does however seem to confirm the view that in order to achieve political power in PNG, the stated aims of those who seek to lead the nation, aren't prepared to clearly spell out in a manifesto, exactly how they will be held responsible and accountable to the people they seek to lead, if they are successful in obtaining power.

Political hyperbole is a poor but previously proven, nebulous substitute for subsequent accountability.

Some look 'across the pond' and wonder if the USA only really has two ends of one political continuum, who just take turns at the helm.

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