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Monday, 05 November


Reflections on the role of women in PNG elections "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

New Ireland women
New Ireland women - vital to the well-being of the community; overlooked at election time


CARDIFF In 1987 I campaigned for a provincial seat in New ireland after 17 years living in the electorate.

A candidate for an adjoining seat informed me, You havent got a chance as you have done little campaigning!

I explained to him that I might not have done much since the legal campaigning period began, but that I had lived, worked, socialised and worshipped with the people of my area for 17 years.

They knew all about me, including the bad things and also the good. I won.

I think the now long established way of diminishing the prospects of a woman winning is for clever party hacks to persuade a woman she should stand as 'you have a good chance!

This happens across several main parties so we have woman versus woman vying to win.

The answer to this is to pool resources and for all female candidates to advise electors to vote strategically by casting their preference votes 1,2, 3 for women only.

In the first election I administered as an electoral official in 1972 three small islets made up one local government seat. The incumbent had been there since the establishment of the council. A good councillor too.

After closing the polls, I publicly counted the votes and pronounced the result. To my amazement the only female candidate had no votes. Not one.

After congratulating the winner, I was spoke to the woman candidate.

Why didnt you vote for yourself? I asked.

Her answer has lasted with me, Mi seim long votim mi iet!

I was ashamed to vote for myself!


Aid and soft power: handle with care "IndyWatch Feed"

DFAT is currently carrying out a review into soft power in Australias foreign policy.

Aid and development policy, used to general neglect in wider foreign policy circles, tends to be a soft power darling. It will no doubt be substantially discussed as part of this review, as it should.

The significant contributions of aid and development to soft power are outlined in our submission to the review. Aid signals that Australia cares about its neighbours, and has shared interests; it positions Australia as a partner of choice; it can contribute to creating a better enabling environment for other partnerships (for example, through improving the business context in the recipient country); it disseminates Australian values, and shows that Australia doesnt just talk the talk, but invests in change.

The opportunity for people-to-people links are tremendous, not just through more obvious programs like Australian Volunteers and scholarships, but also through the wide array of organisations and individuals involved in development work globally.

While there is a lot of soft power goodness generated by aid and development policy, there often seems to be a misunderstanding from other international affairs disciplines, which see the aid program as something akin to the time Oprah gave everyone in her audience a free car. After all, everyone loves Oprah and listens to her advice especially after she has given them a free car.

But Oprah is Oprah, and aid is hard and messy and political and doesnt necessarily make people like you. It isnt quite the magical soft power fairy that some might position it as. And there are potential risks to aid effectiveness from focusing too heavily on milking the soft power or diplomatic benefits of aid rather than focusing on development gains.

Accountability is one of the areas where soft power good vibes are not necessarily complementary to aid effectiveness. Sometimes there is a need for a donor to talk tough to a recipient country, to criticise their policy or spending priorities, or at the most extreme end, to implement conditionality on aid in order to ensure effectiveness or value. These tough conversations can be absolutely crucial for effective use of funding and to encourage a development focus from a recipient government that may have more self-interested priorities, and it is something that Australia needs to be doing more of with some partners, particularly PNG.

Competition between donors for friendliness and influence can also lead to ineffective or poor quality aid. We can see the potential for...


PNG men find comfort in seeking help from online counselling "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

ChildFund-pNG-Hotline-UnveilingSTAFF REPORTER | Radio New Zealand

PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea's first national telephone counselling hotline has had to broaden its service to cater for demand after receiving more than 15,000 calls over the past year.

The hotline was established by the non-government organisation ChildFund PNG as a service for survivors of gender-based violence, predominately women and children.

ChildFund's Wesh Siku said more than two-thirds of women in PNG experience domestic violence.

"When the project was actually designed, [it was] designed to assist survivors of gender-based violence and it just complemented those services that have already been established, Mr Siku said.

The primary focus was to support survivors of gender-based violence, mainly women and even children."

But he said the service had allowed men to get assistance that they otherwise would not seek.

Now more than half the callers are males who call as witnesses or perpetrators of violence.

"A lot of men do not feel comfortable talking to a woman in a face to face scenario, Mr Siku said.

So when this project was put up, it became comfortable for them to pick up a phone and call a counsellor for the issues they are going through.

"In Papua New Guinean culture, men will not front up [to] a woman and ask for their support."

Mr Siku said after the Highlands earthquake in February, the hotline was mobilised to provide trauma counselling and psychosocial support.

He said the hotline has eight staff on the phones but this may have to increase as the workload has doubled since last year.


Boulevard to nowhere: China dresses Port Moresby for APEC "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

New cars on a new road
Symbolising a land where the elite has created its own bubble in Port Moresby: new Maseratis parade along a new highway against a backdrop of new buildings 


You can read the full Reuters report here

SYDNEY - Workers are putting the finishing touches on a Beijing-funded boulevard designed to showcase Papua New Guineas capital to visiting world leaders at this months Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

Critics say the six-lane road - complete with wide, illuminated footpaths - is emblematic of a regional power play whereby donor countries vie for influence with show-stopper gifts, even as deeper problems plague the Pacific nation.

Australia, PNGs traditional partner and a close Washington ally, is lifting aid and has ploughed more than A$120 million into APEC, seeking to keep its sway over its neighbour.

Allan Bird, a parliamentarian and governor of PNGs second largest province, said the boulevard outside parliament house had little practical benefit.

Whatever the Chinese government spent on it, it could have been better spent somewhere else, buying medicine or building a school, Bird told Reuters.


China asks Australia to drop 'cold war attitude' "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

STAFF REPORTER | Radio New Zealand

Lu Kang (AFP)
Lu Kang - China has a "legitimate role" in the Pacific islands region

BEIJING - China has called on Australia to drop its Cold War attitude' to its growing role in the Pacific Islands and recognise that no one country has a sphere of influence in the region.

Commenting on plans by the Australian government to help Papua New Guinea build a naval base, foreign affairs spokesman Lu Kang said China was pursuing "wide-ranging friendly and cooperative ties with the Pacific Island countries".

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison said last week that the Pacific islands are like "family", saying he wants to strengthen his country's engagement in the region because this is their home.

However, The Australian newspaper reported that Mr Lu rejected any argument that China does not have a legitimate role in the region.

He said China hoped that the relevant parties can discard out-dated mindsets of Cold War mentality and zero sum games and objectively view China's relations with Pacific countries.

Mr Lu said China's increasing ties with PNG and the Pacific islands were based on its approach of promoting south-south co-operation and were not aimed at targeting any third party.

He said China's goal was to "help the Pacific Island countries realise peace, stability and prosperity".


Pacification in the Eastern Highlands in the 1940s 1960s "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tobias Schwrer

TOBIAS SCHWRER | Summary of PhD Thesis

Ending War: Colonial processes of pacification and the elimination of warfare in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea by Tobias Schwrer. Summary of PhD thesis, 2016. University of Lucerne, Lucerne. See further information on the thesis and related papers here

LUCERNE - Pacification denotes a process whereby a state attends to extend its monopoly of violence onto politically  autonomous  groups  outside  its  sphere  of  control  and  thereby  curtails  any  further collective violence between those groups and armed resistance against the imposition of state control. 

It  is  a process  that  has  been occurring  throughout  history  in  situations  of  colonial conquest and  state expansion.

Despite the importance and prominence of these processes not only  for the state but even more so for the indigenous groups affected, there is remarkably little systematic analysis  and theoretical reflection  on the causal factors  that led members  of such  groups  to agree  to  lay  down their  weapons  and  refrain from  pursuing  further  acts  of collective violence.

In this thesis, I  look at colonial processes  of  pacification in the Eastern  Highlands of Papua New Guinea, and establish the  causal mechanisms that lead to  the elimination of indigenous warfare  between  the  late  1940s  and  the  mid-1960s.

I not only document and  analyse  these processes  in  detail,  but  also ...



New Dawn FM News

The former secretary for Community Government, WESLY KENNETH says that our leaders, especially Ministers must be supported by professionals as their staff and not their family members.
He told New Dawn FM that he was concerned that many Ministers were employing their family members as staff which could be seen as conflict of interest by our leaders.
MR. KENNETH said that even recruitments for Ministers staff must be done by the Human Resources Development based on merit.
In this way Ministers can be properly advised on issues affecting their ministries.
He said recruiting family members will only affect the ministries and the departments that the ministers are responsible of.




New Dawn FM News
Police in Buka have started arresting people who decide to drink beer and homebrew on the streets and public areas within Buka town.
According to Sergeant LESLEY METEN Officer In-charge of the Bougainville Community Auxiliary Program, sixty people were arrested and had to spend the weekend in the cells to wait for their cases to be heard on Monday.
Sergeant Meten said that these sixty included women homebrew manufactures and sellers.
He warned that Police will continue with their operation into the festive season and more arrests will be made if people continue to do the same mistake on weekends.
Sergeant Meten also warned those licenced beer shops to follow strict liquor shop operating times to avoid losing their beer stock.
He said bottle shop owners caught operating at wrong times will have their stock removed.





New Dawn FM News
The Acting Managing Director for PNG Power, CAROLINE BLACKLOCK said that her trip to Bougainville was at the invitation of the Chief Secretary, JOSEPH NOBETAU to look at Power in Bougainville, how we can improve it, how we can make it more renewable and also look at establishing Power in Buin, South Bougainville.
She told New Dawn FM just before she boarded her plane to Port Moresby last Saturday that this was her second visit to Bougainville and was happy to have seen the Power stations in all the three main towns of Buka, Arawa and Buin.
She said that Arawa was the best setup and the town itself was one of the cleanest town and neat towns she has been to.
On the Buin Power she said that she was part of the PNG Power Board which has to make its decision to set up in Buin and makes changes from the current innovative model to a regulated power supply under PNG Power.
The Managing Director also mention several issues that must be changed in both Arawa and Buin and that is for Buin power to be moved closer to the wharf at Kangu and Arawa power to be moved to the BCL power was at Loloho.
She said that it was not good to have the Power stations in the middle of the town but closer to the beach so that storage tanks can be installed to have a continuous power supply.
For the Buka power she said that the diesel station can be supported by solar energy to provide uninterrupted power supplies to its clients.
The MD for PNG Power said that once the 3megawatt power from RAMAZON comes on Buka will definitely have uninterrupted power supply in the future.
She said that the 3rd contract for the RAMAZON Project failed but hopefully everything will be finalized once the final contract is awarded early next year.


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New Dawn FM News
Chief Secretary to the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Joseph Nobetau today released the latest quarterly update report on the public service.
The report notes a number of areas where the public service has made progress. These include:
* Referendum preparations, including the question, the voting criteria, awareness and establishment of the BRC;
* Continued efforts to address peace and stability, including work on weapons disposal, reconciliation and dialogue with national and international partners;
* Public sector reform, including work to align priorities to the Strategic Development Plan, establishment of the Policy and Planning Unit, and proposals to restructure current departmental arrangements;
* Work to promote good governance, including progressing the finalisation of experts reports for the Second Joint Review of Autonomy Arrangements, reform of the SMC and the promotion of best practice;
* Initiatives to enhance economic development, investment, taxation reform and management of government owned businesses;
* Work to address corruption, including audits, investigations, referrals to the Ombudsman Commission, the BSAC and the police;
* Strengthened engagement with our key partners; and
* Enhanced support to District offices.
Nevertheless, the Chief Secretary noted that a number of challenges remain. These include the need to strengthen institutional linkages, ongoing funding constraints and the need for more effective evidenced based policy development and planning.
The ABG Public Service has made some good progress, and I am pleased to see this. However, the fact is that the public service needs to be more responsive to government, more strategically focused on service delivery and more accountable to the people of Bougainville, the Chief Secretary said.
A key focus over the coming six months will be supporting the referendum on Bougainvilles long-term political future which is scheduled to take place in June of next year.
We must ensure that both the National Government and the ABG are engaged in the referendum process and supporting the Bougainville Referendum Commission to do its job, Mr Nobetau said.
Mr Nobetau also noted the need for continued engagement with the National Government on constitutionally guaranteed grants and other aspects associated with the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
Without funding it is not possible to deliver on the key priorities of the Government. It is essential that the issue of arrears owed under the Restoration and Development Grant be resolved as soon as possible, the Chief Secretary said.
These issues, and others, will be considered when the Joint Supervisory Body next meets in January of next year.



Two Liberation Army members killed in latest Papua fighting "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Two Liberation Army members killed in latest Papua fighting
6:04 pm today

Two more West Papua Liberation Army members have been killed in hostilities with Indonesias military in the Highlands of Papua province.

The latest fighting on Saturday was in Lanny Jaya regency, where troops from Indonesias military, or TNI, exchanged gunfire with the Liberation Army in rugged terrain.
A TNI spokesman in West Papua, Colonel Inf Muhammad Aidi, said the deaths stemmed from an earlier alleged killing of a local civilian by the Liberation Army.
He said that as Indonesian security forces tried to evacuate the mans body, dozens of Liberation Army fighters opened fire on them from nearby hills.
Colonel Aidi said the TNI responded by sending a team to attack the Papuan fighters, two of whom were shot dead, while most of them retreated to the bush.
A Liberation Army spokesman, Akouboo Amatas Douw, has accused the TNI and police of numerous indiscriminate attacks on Papuan communities in the Highlands region this year.
The Australia-based spokesman said the international community should pay attention to the conflict in Papua, especially since Indonesia took up a seat at the UN Security Council.
He has accused the TNI of "cruelty", "barbaric" actions and killing innocent civilians from villages in remote Highlands regions around Puncak Jaya, Nduga, Timika and Lanny Jaya.
"Even uncounted thousands civilians were displaced until today no one care about their lives," Mr Douw said.
"The 56 years of Indonesian occupation in West Papua resulted systematic genocide, massive human rights and humanitarian crisis by their military operation at large."
But Colonel Aidi, who along with other Indonesian authorities refers to the Liberation Army as "separatists", said that they had lured the TNI into a trap.
"This separatist group which has bases in remote jungle around Papuas centre mountain area, has long record doing crimes in Papua," he added.
"In last few months theyve killed three civilians, injured a young boy with chopping knife, killed a taxibike in Ilaga, shot a civilian flight in and killed two army soldiers in Mulia", Colonel Aidi explained.
He said the TNI would continue to assist police in their pursuit of the West Papua Liberation Army whose Highlands commander declared war on the Indonesian state in January.

Note. Lots of photos etc in article.



Dare ya "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

On 21 August, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said I think in the immigration portfolio, you are defined by Nauru and Manus I would love to get everybody off there tomorrow. If I could have brought them to Australia in a charter flight overnight I would have. Admittedly this was the kind, warm and fuzzy Dutton

The post Dare ya appeared first on The AIM Network.


SPECIAL INVESTIGATION: BP In West Papua Slow Motion Genocide, High Speed Profit "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Earlier this year, New Matilda sent British journalist Michael Gillard into West Papua, one of the most dangerous regions on earth for reporters. Michaels goal was to hold to account a well known multinational operating beyond proper scrutiny in one of the worlds poorest regions. This is what he found.

BP is profiting from a giant gas field in West Papua while the indigenous population face slow motion genocide under Indonesian military occupation, an undercover investigation by New Matilda can reveal.

The oil giant is collaborating with the army and police who are implicated in the killing and torturing of pro-independence activists as part of an escalating militarisation to secure West Papuas gas reserves.

Indonesia jails foreign journalists who enter the occupied country without permission. Even the United Nations human rights rapporteur has been refused entry.

However, New Matilda snuck into the remote and forbidden land where BP is operating a US$10bn gas field called Tangguh to bring this exclusive report on the human rights quagmire.

Posing as a doctor, the undercover reporter travelled around the highly militarized Bintuni Bay and found evidence that behind a carefully crafted veil of corporate social responsibility, after fifteen years in West Papua, BP is endangering human rights and failing to deliver a material improvement in fundamental living conditions of some of the worlds poorest people.

Wooden shacks in Bintuni on the north shore of the bay. (IMAGE: Michael Gillard)

New Matilda can reveal that while still claiming to operate a community-based security approach:

  • BP security guards are spying on the local community and passing intelligence on disruptive individuals to the military.
  • Well-armed Indonesian security forces are now secretly stationed inside the oil companys base; And
  • Retired senior Indonesian police and military officers are running an elite cadre of BP guards armed with stun guns and rubber bullets who are given behaviour profiling training in how to spot agitators.

The self-styled ethical oil company is using counter-terrorism to justify these measures. BP is expanding the Tangguh operation at a cost of US$4bn and says it needs to vet thousands of construction workers coming from the Indonesian mainland for possible in...


BP Responds To Accusations Of Human Rights Abuses In West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Earlier this year, New Matilda sent British journalist Michael Gillard into West Papua, one of the most dangerous regions on earth for journalists. Michaels goal was to hold to account a well-known multinational operating beyond proper scrutiny in one of the worlds poorest regions. You can read the main feature here. As part of his investigation, Michael Gillard sent a list of questions to BP. Theyre printed below, along with BPs response.


New Matilda asked:

  1. BP and the TIAP have abandoned a community-based security policy and the company is endangering human rights by intelligence sharing with the military and police, who are implicated in serious human rights abuses, while encouraging spying on villagers. Comment please?
  2. According to one of your security advisers, at least 10 Indonesian soldiers are stationed at the base in Babo since May this year. Comment please?
  3. What are the additional security measures and capabilities that BP is giving to security staff. Does that include firearms? See TIAP 2017.
  4. What are the behaviours looked for in profiling by your security guards and please provide the manual given to staff.
  5. How many alleged human rights violations by public security forces has BP reported to the Indonesian Human Rights Commission?
  6. How many alleged violations by BPs internal security or contractors have been investigated and what had been the outcomes of those investigations?
  7. How does BP explain that while making bumper profits it has failed to deliver on its promises to close the development gap between the north and south shores of Bintuni Bay during 15 years of operation? See TIAP reports 2015 and 2017.
  8. Lord Harries, the former bishop of Oxford, says BP is profiting from the slow motion genocide of the occupied and oppressed Melanesian people. Comment please.
  9. Alex Sobel MP says BP is operating amid clear human rights violations and has called for the company to pull out of West Papua until it gets self-determination. Comment please?
  10. Does BP support independence for West Papua from Indonesia? If not why not?


BP responded:

Tangguh LNG has been operating successfully since 2009 were proud of our operations, track record, and relationships with the local communities. As in all our activities across the world, the safety of our operations and employees at Tangguh LNG is our top priority. BPs policies are clear in supporting the rights of individuals as set ou...


Tiga Hal Yang Menentukan Referendum Kanaky 4 November 2018 Bisa Terlaksana "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sebagai pelengkap dari tulisan Ibrahim Peyon tentang 6 hal yang membuat referendum Kanaky dimenangkan oleh pihak penentang kemerdekaan Kanaky tanggal 4 November 2018, sebagaimana telah kami publikasikan dalam situs ini, dari Markas Pusat Pertahanan (MPP) Tentara Revolusi West Papua (TRWP) mencatat beberapa hal tentang Rererendum di Kanaky tahun 2018 dan referendum di Bougainville Juni 2019

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Ibrahim Peyon: Enam Hal Penyebab Kekalahan Kaum Pro Kemerdekaan Referendum Kanaky "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Post by: Ibrahim Peyon | 5/11/2018 Referendum Kanaky dimenangkan oleh kelompok pro Prancis karena enam hal: 1. Kriteria peserta Referendum dalam perjanjian tidak diatur secara tegas. 2. Kriteria Migran Eropa dan Asia sebagai peserta referendum dengan alasan lama tinggal. 3. Perjanjian referendum dibuat tahun 1988 dan Referendum dilaksanakan 2018 maka generasi yang menginginkan kemerdekaan sebagian

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Victor Yeimo: Referendum Kanaky, 4 November 2018. Opsi Merdeka: 43,60 % Opsi tidak: 56,40 % "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Hasil Referendum Kanaky, 4 November 2018. Opsi Merdeka: 43,60 % - Opsi tidak: 56,40 %. Selisih 17.788 suara. 33.896 orang tidak memilih. Bagi FLNKS ini adalah kemajuan dari perjuangan. Mereka telah berjuang meyakinkan rakyat Kanaky yang telah lama terhegemoni dalam kekuasaan kolonial Perancis. Hampir semua orang asli Kanaky memilih merdeka di berbagai wilayah kota dan

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Bukti Joko Widodo adalah Soeharto untuk OAP Hari ini "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Setelah Joko Widodo dengan senyum dan bermuka pura-pura orang baik dan polos bergerilya selama hampir lima tahun, dalam waktu singkat itu pula telah dirasakan pertama-berapa tama eksistensi dan hak asasi Orang Asli Papua (OAP) menjadi teracam dan ancaman ini sengaja ditabur dengan kujungan ratusan kali ke Tanah Papua, padahal di belakang layar dia memerintahkan pembasmian

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Elizabeth Reid: transforming adversity into impact "IndyWatch Feed"

When Elizabeth Reid had finished her first term studying statistics at The Australian National University, she was involved in a serious train collision in which her head was pinned between an internal train door and its frame. Her treating neurologist at the time said that the strain of returning to study after the injury might send her insane, and that she should learn to knit instead.

Luckily, Elizabeth never took to knitting, instead becoming a leading advocate on issues such as gender equality and HIV/AIDS.

The first ever Advisor on Womens Affairs to any head of state during the tumultuous Whitlam era, Elizabeth later turned her attention to the issues facing women globally. A personal tragedy shifted her to focus to HIV/AIDS, working on the issue first in Australia, and then internationally through the UN system, with a particular focus on PNG.

In our latest Devpolicy Aid Profile, Cleo Fleming documents Elizabeths extraordinary contributions both in Australia and overseas.

Read the profile here.

The post Elizabeth Reid: transforming adversity into impact appeared first on Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre.


PNG Kumuls beat England Knights 32 - 22 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea  LNG Kumuls maintained their home ground record at the Oil Search National Football Stadium following a competitive 32-22 win over the England Knights on Saturday.
The win was also an early birthday present for Kumul captain David Mead who turned 30 years old yesterday as his birthday falls on November 4.
Despite having only 5,686 spectators in attendance, the home team led by Mead and the aggressive tackles by Nene Macdonald, who was later named man of the match, was a collective team effort to give the spectators something to cheer for.
THE England Knights took an early lead on the scoreboard by scoring two tries to Tom Lineham and Tom Davies in the opening 20 minutes of play. Dec Patton successful converted two from two that gave them a 12-0 lead over the home team.
The Kumuls regrouped and reshuffled their attacking sets with substitutes coming off the bench to add the extra boost. Ase Boas was also at the back-end of setting up plays for Nixon Putt to slice through for a try.
The visitors did not let the tempo down as they muscled up in defense resulting in a one-on-one strip to send Jack Walker for their third try of the opening half.
Again Patton found the uprights to add the two points to make it 18-0.
Macdonald put on his trademark aggressiveness in defence which kept the home fans cheering at the top of their voices. And with the seconds counting down to half-time, Justin Olam crossed over for the second try. Watson Boas was superb in his kicking, converting two from two for a 18-12 halftime score.
At the restart, the Kumuls refreshed and polished up on their opening half approach. This time the halves combination of Kyle Laybutt, Ase Boas and Watson Boas shifting to dummy half, gave the visitors some headache in their defensive sets.
It was strong and physical style of play, especially in defence from both teams resulting in brawl among players but match referee John Stone was in control to settle the situation and allow play to continue.
Kumuls had the upper hand on the scoreboard scoring three tries to Ase Boas, Mead, Macdonald while Watson had a field day with his boots kicking three from three, including a penalty to give the Kumuls a 32-22 victory.
Lineham bagged a double for the visitors in their only try scored in the seco...


China's boulevard to nowhere: The battle for influence in APEC's Pacific host "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Workers are putting the finishing touches on a Beijing-funded boulevard designed to showcase Papua New Guineas (PNG) capital to visiting world leaders at this months Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

Critics say the six-lane road - complete with wide, illuminated footpaths - is emblematic of a regional power play whereby donor countries vie for influence with show-stopper gifts, even as deeper problems plague the Pacific nation.

Australia, PNGs traditional partner and a close Washington ally, is lifting aid and has plowed more than AUD$120 million (US$86.5 million) into APEC, seeking to keep its sway over its neighbor.

Allan Bird, a parliamentarian and governor of PNGs second largest province, said the boulevard outside parliament house had little practical benefit.

Whatever the Chinese government spent on it, it could have been better spent somewhere else, buying medicine or building a school, Bird told Reuters.

Bird said such gifts put pressure on traditional partners such as Australia to place less restrictions around donated funds and refrain from criticising PNGs own spending, which controversially includes buying 40 Maseratis and three Bentleys for APEC.

There is no transparency around the use of public finances, Bird said.

The government can turn to other donors and tell them to toe the line or else well be quite happy to take Chinese money. They use it as leverage.

The PNG government did not respond to questions on funding for the boulevard project or other aspects of APEC. PNG has previously thanked China for its infrastructure funding and aid, and denied Beijing had asserted any diplomatic pressure.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said people should be supportive of the PNG governments efforts to promote regional economic integration by hosting the summit.

At the request of the Papua New Guinea side, China has proactively provided support and help for the hosting, which I can tell you has been warmly welcomed by the Papua New Guinea government and people, Lu told reporters in response to Reuters questions, without providing a figure.

Speaking in Port Moresby last Wednesday, the Chinese governments top diplomat, State Councillor Wang Yi, said in recent years his country had helped build more than 100 projects in PNG and other Pacific island nations, including schools and hospitals, which these countries had greatly appreciated.

Whether Chinas aid is g...


Pacific is our island home too, says China "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

China has called on Australia to drop the Cold War attitude to its growing role in the Pacific Islands and recognise that no one country has a sphere of influence in the region.

Commenting on plans by the Australian government to help Papua New Guinea build a navy base, which were confirmed in a speech by Prime Minister Scott Morrison to the Asia Society this week, Chinas Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Lu Kang said China was pursuing wide-ranging friendly and co-operative ties with the Pacific Island countries.

Morrison told the Asia Society the Pacific Islands were like family to Australia, saying he wanted to strengthen its engagement in the region because this is our home.

Speaking at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs press conference, Lu said China rejected the argument that it did not have a legitimate role in the region. The Pacific Islands are no sphere of influence for any country, he said.

We hope that the relevant parties could discard the outdated mindsets of Cold War mentality and zero sum game (and) objectively view Chinas relations with Pacific Island countries.

Lu said Chinas increasing ties with PNG and the Pacific Islands were based on its approach of promoting South-South co-operation and were not aimed at targeting any third party. He said Chinas goal was to help the Pacific Island countries realise peace, stability and prosperity.

He said China regarded its co-operation with the region as being mutually beneficial.

Lus comments came as Chinas Foreign Minister Wang Yi hit out at criticism of his countrys aid spending in the Pacific, insisting it came with no strings attached.

In providing assistance, China fully respects the will of governments and people of the countries in question, Wang said.


Sunday, 04 November


Nautilus Minerals Sets New 1-Year Low "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

In August we reported on a record twelve month low at 11c. Now Nautilus has sunk another 30% to 7.5c

Nautilus Minerals Inc. shares have hit a new 52-week low. The company closed at C$0.075. 

This follows a previous 12-month low of 11 cents set in August this year.

The new low is just the latest in a long series of bad-news stories for Nautilus Minerals and it crisis hit plans to mine the seafloor in Papua New Guinea.



PNG APEC- A- FAILURE Even before hosting it "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

1. The USA Vice President Mike Pence will be living, loving and enjoying Tropical Cairns and commute to PNG daily.

2. All the private planes and jets will be parked in Australia and Indonesia.

3. Australian citizens and Members of Parliament are very furious about the wastage of (tax payers) money on Maserati and Bentleys

4. The International Communities are not confident of the APEC Security arrangements that they have demanded PNG government to lower the curtains for them to provide their own security completely undermining the severeignity of this nation

5. The International Governments/media are keenly questioning and observing why there is absolute secrecy and no transparency in the finances of hosting APEC meeting which defeats the purpose of what APEC stands for.

6. The APEC Meeting is overshadowed by the powerplay between Western Allies and China (PNG succumbing to the traps).

7. Human suffering in PNG at the cost of hosting APEC is immeasurable.

8. The one day sit in protest sends a very strong message to 21 APEC member countries of the disrespect and discontentment the common people of PNG have about Oneils corrupt regime.

9. The Government of Peter Oneil is overshadowed with so many allegations of corruption, collusion, squandering, non transparency, secrecy and massive debt creation that their is no trust by foreign countries anymore. The front they will show during the meeting will be just plain diplomacy and show.

10. The 21 APEC member country dignitaries will come to PNG with mixed feelings whilst the people of PNG will live in fear for security risk during APEC meeting period. Hence, the experience won't be so welcoming and free for all stake holders involved.

11. Etc...

From the outset, the image potrayed and the message echoed is a resounding absolute wastage and failure!!

PNG is not economically, socially and politically placed strategically to reap any conceivable reward. There is nothing good that PNG should be proud of in hosting APEC - our leaders out of greed and selfish deeds have used APEC to squeez millions and worse so from borrowed money. Hence, passing the responsibility and burden down to our common people to bear and suffer in the many more years to come.

The only gain is our PRIDE, BIG MEN MENTALITY and EGO!!
(-> that translates to nothing from c...


Greedy, shiftless fakefugees are playing us for mugs "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

If anyone is still gullible enough to believe that the country-shopping asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus are anything more than opportunistic economic migrants, they should be rudely disabused of their romantic delusions now. But, as we all know, the delusions of the compassionate left are remarkably resilient to facts. Quote: More than 70 asylum-seekers [] The post Greedy, shiftless fakefugees are playing us for mugs appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The PLMAM slam "IndyWatch Feed"

The second Pacific Labour Mobility Annual Meeting (PLMAM), hosted by the Government of Solomon Islands, was held in Honiara on 9-11 October. (The first was in Brisbane in November 2017.)

The PLMAM might have an ugly acronym, but it is a great opportunity for researchers such as ourselves to meet policy makers of sending and receiving countries, employers, interested activists and journalists, and of course other researchers. The meeting was full of interesting people and presentations, and a terrific learning experience.

That said, it is clearly an event that is still finding its feet. The foundation for the PLMAM is the Arrangement on Labour Mobility, which itself is a side agreement to the Pacer Plus regional trade pact. The PLMAM is basically a commitment by Australia and New Zealand to fund an annual meeting for reviewing progress against the Arrangements objectives, the most important of which is to enhance labour mobility schemes in Australia and New Zealand for the Pacific. Beyond that, the Arrangement gives little guidance as to how the PLMAM should operate, apart from the requirement that it should produce a consensus report on the discussions and any recommendations.

The PLMAM currently straddles two approaches: a formal and an informal one. Most of the two-day conference was taken up with a variety of interesting presentations by sending countries, receiving countries, and a few employers and employees. There were numerous interesting insights provided, of which we single out the following five.

One was the number of countries in the process of developing labour mobility strategies, including the two biggest senders, Vanuatu and Tonga. This makes sense. Labour mobility is becoming a serious business in the Pacific.

A second was the presentation from the Government of Tonga. Tonga is already the best represented of the Pacific island countries in the two seasonal work schemes. Every year this tiny nation of 110,000 people sends about 13% of its population aged 20-45 to Australia and New Zealand to work on farms. There has been some speculation that such a high level of participation might be socially detrimental. But the Tongan representative told us that the government wants to double the number of seasonal workers it is sending, and is keen to address the problems that have slowed Tongas growth in recent years most notably, that some of their workers have absconded, damaging the brand.

A third highlight was the presentations by smaller participants such as Solomon Islands and Fiji who are trying to make up for lost time, and boost their seasona...


Manus, great power rivalry & PNGs non-aligned status "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Patrick Kaiku - "The agreement to build a joint naval base on PNG territory is seriously flawed"


PORT MORESBY - Australian prime minister Scott Morrison and his Papua New Guinean counterpart, Peter ONeill recently signed off on a bilateral arrangement committing both countries to building a joint naval base on PNG's northerly island province of Manus.

Australia's upgrade of its security cooperation with PNG advances Australia's interest in counteracting China's growing influence in the Pacific Islands.

Australia, a traditional ally of the United States, is frantically trying to deter the expanding influence of China in the South Pacific.

As a former colonial administrator of PNG, the focus of Australias bilateral relations has always been rationalised on the notion that a stable PNG is vital to Australian strategic interest. A delicate approach respecting PNGs sovereignty has underpinned previous dealings.

In the current context, this latest move to build a naval facility on PNG territory is unprecedented.

It is the first time an Australian naval base has been constructed on territory of a sovereign state in the Pacific Islands. This Australian strategy challenges the neutrality and political legitimacy of small states caught up in the geopolitical tussle for influence.

The agreement to build a joint naval base on PNG territory is seriously flawed.

The announcement comes as PNG prepares to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders meet later this month. The decision by PNG to be party to a joint naval base agreement has not been debated in PNG's parliament and nor has civil society been engaged in discussions.

In previous arrangements of Australia-PNG cooperation, beginning with the 2004 enhanced cooperation program and the 2013 Manus offshore processing of asylum seekers, the PNG courts belatedly ruled these bilateral agreements unconstitutional.

Australian engagements with PNG have an unsavoury history of not conforming to a legitimate process of debate...


On patrol in colonial PNG: The attack at Numbaira "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bob Cleland
Bob Cleland in more recent times. "As the heavy rifle jolted into my shoulder I was instantly appalled Id deliberately attempted to take a human life"


BRISBANE - I was on a routine census, health survey and general administration patrol in the Tiaora Division South of Kainantu in 1956.

Though the people were reputed to be surly and uncooperative, I found them tractable enough and the patrol proceeded smoothly.

Close to the southern extremity of the area I heard reports of tribal fighting even further south at a village called Numbaira. Two policemen Id sent to have a look were warned off with alarming threats and derisive insults, so I decided Id better take the whole patrol in to investigate.

The Numbaira lived on the headwaters of the mighty Purari River in the same valley system as the fearsome Kukukuku. They had a reputation as warriors who loved a fight and resented intruders. They had attacked a Government patrol some years earlier.

We were on the track well before dawn and climbed to the rim of the ridge surrounding a collection of hamlets in a small valley. It was steep, rugged limestone country. With binoculars I could see apparently normal early morning village life, with women and children bustling about their houses.

Suddenly, cries of alarm drifted up to us through the still morning air and the villagers began rushing about and disappearing into the long grass and craggy limestone outcrops. One of my policemen said to me, Look, they have lookouts whove seen us.

Some distance away, across a gorge, was a distinct smoke column rising as a warning signal. Within five minutes, there was no sign of life in the hamlets or elsewhere in the valley.

We needed to reach the Government Rest House on a spur some few kilometres away, well positioned for a strategic defence, but to get there we had to follow the track down through the Numbaira hamlets and then up a ridge to the Rest House.

We came into the open and descended to the village. Apart from the noise of our own progress, there was dead silence. We che...


Same story, different soil: the Deathscapes Project gets under way "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Hawk Newsome: Its the same story, different soil... from Long Bay to the USA. In Sydney, his name is David Dungay. In New York City, his name is Eric Garner.


lead Hawk Newsome, Black Lives Matter. All rights reserved.

From Australias offshore prison on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, the author and filmmaker Behrouz Boochani, who has been incarcerated there for five years, sent an impassioned appeal to Australian academics to mark a National Day of Action on October 17:

Definitely Manus and Nauru prison camps are philosophical and political phenomena and we should not view them superficially. The best way to examine them is through deep research into how a human, in this case a refugee, is forced to live between the law and a situation without laws. There are laws that can exile them to an existence where they have recourse to no law.


In this situation, the human is living as something in between a human and another kind of animal. How is the Australian government able to keep two thousand innocent people, especially children, under these conditions in remote prisons for years in an age of revolutions in information technology? How can the government convince Australian society to maintain this policy, when so much damning evidence is available?


Its not the first time in modern Australian history that the government is perpetuating this kind of fascist policy. Just remember the Stolen Generations, and what governments have done and still do to First Nations people. The government has now reinvented those barbaric policies at the beginning of the 21st Century, but this time to also inflict them on...


One language is not enough "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

APEC Port Moresby is an opportunity to discuss the fragmentation of language worldwide, and how Papua New Guinea has remarkably developed a functioning democracy despite internal conflict and ethnic misunderstandings. We can learn from those in Papua New Guinea, especially from their internal cross-cultural and political-communication methods.


Whos sorry now? Appointment of new Chief Justice "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

It makes no sense as to why the decision of who would be the new Chief Justice (CJ) hadnt been well and truly decided before 31 October (2018) when Sir Salamos tenure ran out, does it? I mean theyve been aware of that date for the past 10 years; it hardly came as a surprise, did it? So why are they appointing the former Deputy Chief Justice to the position in an Acting capacity? Is the answer leverage? Learning by example  Cast your minds back to the situation of the Papua New Guinean parliament on 30 May, 2012. It was the time between the political coup of August 2011 and unquestioned legitimate government swearing in in August 2012 (after the elections) Governor General, Sir Michael Ogio, was in London for the Queens birthday celebrations and so Speaker of the House, then Jeffrey Nape, was called to perform the swearing in Continue reading Whos sorry now? Appointment of new Chief Justice

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