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Monday, 17 September


Ex UNRE head blasts chancellor over threats & untrue statements "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

John Warren
Professor John Warren - "The most important untruth in the letter of 13 August is Professor Sumbuks claim that he did not threaten me"

In a statement sent to students and staff at PNGs University of Resources and Environment, former vice-chancellor Professor John Warren has responded from his home in Wales to what he terms a grandiose" and untrue letter from interim chancellor Professor Kenneth Sumbuk and revealed the story behind his resignation from the university. Warren also calls into question the truth of an interview given by PNG's head of higher education, Father Jan Czuba.


LLANFARIAN - In his letter to you dated 13 August 2018, the chancellor of UNRE made several untrue statements that I feel compelled to clarify so that you have an honest and full picture of events surrounding my departure from the university.

[Professor Sumbuks] letter opens with rather grandiose statements about my breaching my oath of office. Unfortunately, history reveals that university councils within Papua New Guinea have a poor track record of understanding their role.

The 2010 Garnaut and Namaliu report on the state of PNG universities and the 2013 external audit of UNRE both emphasise that PNGs university councils do not understand governance.

At the meeting of UNRE council on 27 July, it was very apparent that none of the members of Council were familiar with the DHERST [department of higher education] Governance Manual for University Councils.

This document recommends that members of council attend a training course before taking on their positions. No members of UNRE council have ever received such training.

It is the job of a university council to ensure good management practices are being followed within the institution. This involves shining a light on all aspects of the organisation.

Far from swearing an oath of secrecy, it is best practice to speak out and expose bad practice whenever it is found. For that reason,...


Pulled punches in PNG health sector evaluation arent helpful "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Health Minister Puka Temu
Health Minister Dr Puka Temu administers oral polio vaccine - when the dreadful disease returned recently after 18 years, he tried to play down its impact


NOOSA Australias foreign affairs department (DFAT) has just released a report evaluating the contribution that international donors have made to Papua New Guineas health system.

The report by Ian Anderson and Renee Martin was presented to DFAT last December, well before the recent outbreak of polio confirmed a shocking reality that many of us suspected - that health services in PNG are going downhill fast and have now reached a danger point.

The report, which you can read in full here, assesses the efforts of six multilateral development partners - the Asian Development Bank, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria, the World Bank and three United Nations agencies, UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO over a six year period.

Anderson and Martin have done what many consultants do when reporting upon huge multinational organisations intimating great problems while pulling their punches about some of the most inimical.

The [multilateral development partners] have a generally good record in terms of their overall effectiveness in the PNG health sector, they write, but important challenges remain.

My oath they remain.

As a closer observer wryly remarked to me, .challenges like endemic corruption in drug procurement, funding cuts to pay for APEC, a collapsing health system and now polio.

The C word is often avoided in official discussion about Papua New Guinea. When I was there earlier in the year and uttered the word corruption, I was later gently chastised by a senior public servant that we dont use that language here.

When I asked how then are such matters addressed, the response was that there are significant inefficiencies.

My contact also pointed out that the report assigns no accountability to do...


Papua New Guinea Quo Vadis? (Whither Thou Goest?) "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Albert Einstein


GOLD COAST - The constant issue everyone seems to agree on these days is the demonstrable lack of real leaders who can enunciate both a clear vision and a set of achievable national objectives.

Whether it be at social get-togethers or standing in line waiting to pay for groceries, everyone seems to be agree on the same issue. While I dont immerse myself in social media, I know that is discussing much the same thing (if one excludes fake news).

So if most people agree on the problem, why is it so difficult to devise an effective solution?

Therein lies the real issue. Collective inertia. While total collapse can be put off until some time in the future, we still enjoy our days in the sun.

Yet we all know that, at some irrevocable point ahead, the proverbial chickens will come home to roost.  At least, perhaps we hope, that might happen on someone elses watch.

Aprs moi, le dluge (after me, the deluge) is a quote attributed to the King Louis XV of France (171074) and acknowledges that, while he enjoyed the good times, his successor would inevitably end up paying the price of so much extravagance.

He was correct, his successor (Louis XVI) being beheaded in the gory French revolution that followed.

So with all our knowledge of what works and what doesnt, why is it that we keep making the same mistakes? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, Albert Einstein (probably incorrectly) is reputed to have said.

While clearly Einstein was a genius, this trait of human frailty has been noted down the millennia of human history.

So why is it humans havent learnt to recognise that which doesnt work?

Perhaps because its easier to get high on the sugar fix of comfort and leave the inevitable low which follows for someone else to suffer. The timing of the perpetrators escape is crucial. How long can the good times be drawn out before the bad times arrive?

Phil Fitzpatrick has...


Another classroom falls from the sky "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

On December 23, 2010 the following obituary appeared in the New York Times.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Fred Hargesheimer, a World War II Army pilot whose rescue by Pacific islanders led to a life of giving back as a builder of schools and a teacher, died here Thursday. He was 94.

His death was confirmed by his son Richard.

On June 5, 1943, Mr Hargesheimer, a P-38 pilot with the Eighth Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron, was shot down by a Japanese fighter while on a mission over the Japanese-held island of New Britain in the southwest Pacific. He parachuted into the jungle, where he barely survived for 31 days until local hunters found him.

They took him to their coastal village, and for seven months hid him from Japanese patrols, fed him and nursed him back to health. In February 1944, with the help of Australian commandos working behind Japanese lines, he was picked up by an American submarine off a New Britain beach.

After returning to the United States following the war, Mr Hargesheimer married and began a sales career with a Minnesota forerunner of the computer maker Sperry Rand, his lifelong employer. But he said he could not forget the Nakanai people, whom he considered his saviors. 

In 2004, Fred Hargesheimer visited students at a school he helped build in Papua New Guinea.

The more he thought about it, he later said, the more I realized what a debt I had to try to repay.

Wednesday September 12, 2018

75 years after he was shot down and rescued, and eight years after his death, the  Airmens Memorial Foundation established by Fred Hargesheimer is still honouring his legacy.

The latest act of benevolence came on Wednesday, Sept 12, 2018,   with a ground-breaking ceremony at Nantabu Village, the village where Fred Hargesheimer was sheltered and nursed back to health.

The ground-breaking is for new teachers housing at the village school, a project that will cost K 100,000.

The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by Freds son Richard Hargesheimer who travelled from Lincoln, Nebraska to administer his late fathers legacy.




New Dawn FM News
The people of HALIA, TAONITA TEOP and KONGARA commemorated Papua New Guineas 43rd Independence celebrations bearing in mind that they now would have their constituency members elected in the upcoming ABG Bye-election announced by the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner last Friday.
The By election would be for the HALIA seat, the TAONITA TEOP seat and the KONGARA seat which remain vacant since 2017.
Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU announced that writs would be issued on Friday 21st, September, 2018.
And nominations will be opened for two days starting Monday 24th September and closing on Wednesday 26th September.
Polling will open on Monday 15th October and close on Friday 19th October.
MR. MANU said that Counting will open on Monday 22nd October and close on Friday October 26th, 2018.
And writs will be returned on Monday 29th October, 2018.




New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville By-election announced by the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU will be conducted in only five weeks.
With nominations, candidates will have only three days to nominate their candidacy that is between 24th September and 26th September.
Assistant Returning Officers will be accepting nominations in their districts on the first two days that is on the 24th and 25th September.
Nominations for the HALIA seat will take place at the OBEC office in Buka.
Nominations for Taonita Teop at the Tinputz District Office whilst the Assistant Returning Officer for KONGARA will be accepting nominations at the OBEC Central Regional Coordination office in Arawa.
Nominations on the final day 26th September will take place at the OBEC head office.
Candidates will have to pay their FIVE HUNDRED KINA nomination fees before they complete their nomination forms.




New Dawn FM News

A vehicle owned by the member for South Bougainville and deputy opposition leader, TIMOTHY MASIU was taken by a person claiming that the member owes him moneys from the 2017 National Elections.
The man identified only as MOSES from Kaitu village in the Konnou constituency in South Bougainville took the car from the member at LOUBAI bridge which is the same area another car was taken by the Konnou Mekaamui last year from former combatants.
The earlier vehicle was donated by the member for South Bougainville to the former combatants to carry out awareness in the Konnou area.
The vehicle was later given to the Konnou Mekaamui to use as their own.
The Konnou constituency remains to be the last place on Bougainville for normalcy to really take place.
The car was later taken over by Konnou Meekamui and brought back to the member this afternoon.




New Dawn FM News
The people of Bougainville celebrated PNG Independence today all over Bougainville although celebrations started last Friday.
Small celebrations were held in villages all over Buka island and in Districts in Central and South Bougainville.
The ABG President, CHIEF DR. JOHN MOMIS and the Bougainville Regional member, JOE LERA attended the big celebrations held at HOKO in the Hagogohe constituency.
Other ABG Members were the Public Services Minister and local member for Hagogohe, ROBERT HAMAL SAWA, the ABG Vice President, RAYMOND MASONO and the member for RAMU and Minister for Education, THOMAS PATAAKU and his secretary for Education, DR.JUSTIN KEHATSIN.
The Secretary for Health CLEMENT TOTAVUN, secretary for Mining, secretary for BPA implementation department and the Secretary for Technical Services, BENARD TZILU.
Other groups from other Provinces also performed activities at the HOKO celebrations.
There were the ASARO MUD MEN which stole the show and the famous MANUS Garamut Dance.
Activities that included Disco, Traditional dances and Gospel items continued till late this afternoon.
In Buin the celebrations were held at the Buin Primary School, and was attended by the Member for South Bougainville and deputy Opposition leader, TIMOTHY MASIU and the ABG member for BAUBAKE and Minister for Community Government, JACOB TOKE and the member representing the women of South Bougainville ISABEL PETA.

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Infrastructure Development and Chinese Debt Traps in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Commentary  by  Eric Mumson Piuk

It is very interesting to see and read about infrastructure developments in our country especially in Port Moresby with Chinese loans, with more than K1 billion in debt to China, Papua New Guinea handed contracts to companies owned by the Chinese government. 

Beijing encourages dependency using opaque contracts, predatory loan practices, and corrupt deals that mire nations in debt and undercut their sovereignty, denying them their long-term, self-sustaining growth. Chinese investment does have the potential to address developing nation like PNGs infrastructure gap, but its approach has led to mounting debt and few, if any, jobs in most developing countries.

A debt trap is a situation in which a borrower is led into a cycle of re-borrowing, or rolling over, their loan payments because they are unable to afford the scheduled payments on the principal of a loan. These traps are usually caused by high-interest rates and short terms.

A situation in which a debt is difficult or impossible to repay, typically because high interest payments prevent repayment of the principal. An incentive structure that lures individuals into accepting long-term debt obligations under conditions that strongly favor the lender

Some call this debt-trap diplomacy: Offer the honey of cheap infrastructure loans, with the sting of default coming if smaller economies cant generate enough free cash to pay their interest down. In Papua New Guinea, acrimony remains around projects like APEC developments.

China has characterized its Belt and Road "a initiative as a win-win for its aspirations to become a global trade leader and developing economies desire to fund transportation infrastructure. It has certainly filled the vacuum created by a shrinking Australian Aid presence in PNG institutions.


Futuna rejects seabed exploration and mining "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Photo: AFP

Radio New Zealand | 14 September 2018 

The kingdoms on the French Pacific island of Futuna have ruled out allowing any work related to seabed mining in their waters, saying their stance is final.

The rejection of any further exploration of the seabed was expressed at a meeting in Futuna with French delegates sent to explain the potential of mining rare earths.

The king of Sigave as well as a leader of the kingdom of Alo told local television that any discussion about land matters had to held with the customary leadership and not with the assembly of Wallis and Futuna.

They said they had seen the negative impact of activities in French Polynesia and didnt want a repeat of them in Wallis and Futuna.

At the beginning of this decade French teams carried out three exploratory missions in the territorys waters without consulting the local kings who are officially recognised by the French republic and on its payroll.



Implementation of torture prevention treaty must not be undermined by Government cynicism "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Australian Government should not be allowed to pick and choose what detention facilities can be scrutinised under the UN anti-torture treaty, the Human Rights Law Centre said in a submission to the Human Rights Commission.

Ruth Barson, a director of legal advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the independent oversight body not the Government should decide what places of detention should be the subject of inspections.

It would be very cynical of the government to commit to the anti-torture treaty, yet at the same time undermine it by keeping its deepest darkest places of misery hidden from scrutiny. Half-baked implementation of the treaty risks undermining the whole purpose of it, said Ms Barson.

The Australian Government ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) a mechanism to prevent cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment in places of detention in December last year. At the time, the Australian Government denied its obligations extended to Australias offshore facilities on Manus Island and Nauru.

The Australian Human Rights Commission is tasked with holding consultations and advising the Government on implementation. The HRLCs submission addresses how OPCAT should be fully and properly implemented and recommends the following basic principles be applied:

  • Australias offshore facilities on Manus Island and Nauru should be included and subject to independent inspections;

  • The decision of whether or not a facility constitutes a place of detention should be left to the independent inspector to determine;

  • There should be stand-alone legislation safeguarding the inspectors independence and containing whistle-blower protections; and

  • There should be a commitment to establish stakeholder working groups to consult with the government on proper implementation of OPCAT.

Ruth Barson said that the Australian Government should keep its promise and fully implement the anti-torture treaty and the principles that underpin it.

"The whole purpose of this treaty is to prevent abuse through transparency. It defeats that purpose if the Government can just deliberately shield politically inconvenient places of detention from public scrutiny, said Ms Barson.

The Human Rights Law Centre's submission can be found here.

For interviews call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519

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Sunday, 16 September


SPICES: The Forgotten Commodity "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Video of 1KHStHKkwAY


Originally aired on EMTV's Olsem Wanem program, SPICES: The Forgotten Commodity is a short film on the potential of the spice industry in Papua New Guinea.

Although small now, the industry has the potential to earn the country more than K100 million a year. What it lacks though is any proper government support.

Despite this neglect, spices are a perfect example of how ordinary people can use their customary land for small and medium sized businesses that sustain their families and develop their communities.

Such enterprises also support the national economy, reduce our dependence on foreign imports and help make Papua New Guinea a strong, vibrant and independent nation.

This is the future envisioned for us in our Constitution!


Reflections on our 43rd year of independence "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Students in Huli attire mark the 43rd anniversary of Papua New Guinea Independence
Students in Huli dress mark the 43rd anniversary of Papua New Guinea independence

| Shadow Minister for Treasury & Finance

PORT MORESBY - On the occasion of our 43rd anniversary of independence from Australia on 16 September 1975, it is timely to reflect on how our great country has been going over the last twelve months.

On balance there is a pretty mixed report card, with some good achievements and some clear problems.

Our 43rd year started in a thrilling way with our wonderful PNG Hunters team winning the Queensland rugby union grand final by defeating Sunshine Coast 12-10.

This was important for lifting national pride and also making clear to our friends in Australia that PNG is a force to be reckoned with as the win was achieved in only the fourth year of competition.

Another positive is the recent assessment that doing business in PNG is getting easier. This reflects some legislation coming into force that makes it easier for a small business to borrow by allowing loan security against private assets, as well as being easier to register a small business.

Of course, there remain major challenges such as the shortage of foreign exchange and the lack of sales reflecting poor economic performance.

On the negative side, there are three specific facts that cause me great concern for our 43rd year.

First, polio has returned to PNG a reflection on our deteriorating health system. In 2018, the countries with polio are only Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Syria. This is not good company, and we must do better.

Second, PNG has been confirmed as being a fragile situation state by the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. The only other middle-income countries with this rating are Zimbabwe and Timor-Leste. This is a national embarrassment.

The cause for PNGs downgrading is because of deteriorating economic management not a f...


In the shadow of the volcano "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

SES logoBEN JACKSON | Sun Earth Sea Blog

Our world is filled with a diversity of cultures, geographies and ideas. Sun Earth Sea is a new blog that celebrates exploration; the elements that make places and people unique; and values and characteristics that are ubiquitous. It is about creative expression, balanced living and respect for the earth. Sun Earth Sea shares the stories of locales that amaze, individuals that inspire and food that nourishes. Here is its introductory offering. Archive this link to stay in touch - BRFJ

RABAUL - The town where my sister was born is long gone.

It disappeared in a shroud of burning ash more than 20 years ago.

At that time, the inhabitants of Rabaul picked up what remained of their lives in many cases, not much and moved some 30 kilometres down the coast to start again.

Today, the new hub Kokopo seems like it has always been at the centre of activity.

The streets are lined with department stores, hardware houses, banks and supermarkets. Youngsters spill out on the streets each weekday after school to buy drinks and food. They walk along laughing and talking together.

This is the only life theyve ever experienced, and its a good one, but many of the older generation long for the days in the shadow of the volcano.

To get to Rabaul we set out from Kokopo with Tabata - who is our driver, tour guide and local facilitator.

Ash still blackens the road that enters the old town, but on the outskirts the vegetation has returned and so have the people.

I can sense Tabatas pride as he points out the flurry of new stores; a fresh produce market; and a police station.

A new Rabaul is rising from the ashes. It is a tribute to the local culture of resilience and a longstanding connection to nature, which have both been honed over many thousands of years.

The road turns entirely black and the new buildings stop as we approach Tavuvur, the volcano responsible for old Rabauls destruction.

Tabatas eyes glaze a little as he points out landmarks from his youth.

Theres the outdoor cinema, he says.

Heres the Commonwealth Bank.

This is the c...


Dai lukluk i stap "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Arapesh children
Arapesh children


Dai lukluk i stap is translated as Death is looking. It is a village figure of speech which refers to a deceased person lying in the mortuary or funeral home awaiting burial. This is a cultural poem based on mourning and ceremony. The ceremony is called Gabah/Gabahash in Arapesh society or Stretim ol Kandre in Tok Pisin. Other societies have their own vernacular names. The poem speaks of the emotion when a person dies (stanzas 1 and 2), the preparation and mourning stage (stanzas 3 and 4), the transactions and funeral ceremony where payment is made to the kandre or maternal relatives of the deceased (stanzas 5 and 6), finally the (human folly that is associated with this practice and a personal comment from the writer poet (stanzas 7 and 8) - RS

Yumi pilim bel i pen
Na aiwara i kam olsem ren
Taim dai lukluk i stap

Yumi lukim lewa i buruk
Na painim kaikai long kuk
Taim dai lukluk i stap

Yumi sindaun wantaim sori
Na tingim bek olgeta stori
Taim dai lukluk i stap

Yumi pasim haus krai
Na putim pik wantaim kaikai
Taim dai lukluk i stap

Yumi bekim ol dinau
Na givim ol kandre nau
Taim dai lukluk i stap

Yumi save paitim bros
Na kamapim ol koros
Taim dai lukluk i stap

Yumi givim i go ol samting
Na haitim i stap ol tingting
Taim dai lukluk i stap

Yumi mas stap wantaim wari
Na bikpla tu bai gat marimari
Taim dai lukluk i stap


More bridges for Momase : Nali "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Works Minister Michael Nali has announced that nine new bridges will be built at a cost of more than K10m for Madang and Sepik coastal highway linking East and West Sepik provinces.

Mr Nali announced the good news in Parliament on Wednesday when answering questions from Sumkar MP Chris Nangoi in relation to the collapse Banab bridge, the deteriorating Karkar Island ring-road and what plans he had for the aging bridges in Madang. He said the government wanted to promote local businesses on taking such task but had faced challenges. Banab bridge, we engage a local contractor and gave some money but the contractor found it hard to start and because of that we terminated the contract and gave it to East-west Constructions, based in Lae and they are starting work now. Like all roads in the country, for Karkar ring-road we have little money coming in but there are many roads to fix. Karkar has big population so when funds are available I will help. Under a program with some development partners have committed money to build bridges in Momase which Madang will get six new bridges and East and West Sepik coastal highway headed by Haiwain, will get three new bridges, Mr Nali said.

The department has received no- objection letter already and thanks to European Investment Bank which gave Works clearance this week to work on submission to tenders board who should seat next week and because the project is worth more than K10m, I will take the submission to National Executive Council (NEC) and as soon as its approved we will award contract for the bridges.


France congratulates PNG on 43rd Independence Anniversary "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Governor General, Grand Chief Sir Bob Bofeng Dadae, today received a congratulatory message from the President of the French Republic, His Excellency Emmanuel Macron, on the occasion of our nations 43rd Independence Anniversary.

The French President wrote, On the occasion of the National Day of Papua New Guinea, I am pleased to extend my warmest congratulations to you, both on my own behalf and on behalf of the French people.

As a Pacific country through the presence of its local authorities in New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna, France shares a common vision of the challenges in Oceania with Papua New Guinea, particularly on the issue of combating the effects of climate change.

As I recalled during the High-Level Dialogue on Climate Change and Biodiversity organised by the Pacific Community in Noumea on 4 May, France will continue to actively engage with island States to help them address the challenges of climate change.

In this regard, I would like to tell you how pleased I was to exchange views on these subjects with Hon. Rimbink PATO, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Papua New Guinea, on the occasion of the Noumea meeting.

Beyond climate issues, bilateral relations between our two countries have intensified in recent years. I particularly welcome the development of the liquefied gas plant project exploiting the natural gas fields of Elk and Antelope by the Total Group, whose potential is particularly promising.

France, as you know, attaches great importance to the promotion of multilateralism. In this regard, I wish you every success in organising the APEC Summit to be held this year in Papua New Guinea in November.

Sir Bob said the relations between PNG and France, through people to people contact, cultural and educational exchanges are being greatly enhanced through the recent interest by French companies to be involved in the resources development sector in Papua New Guinea.

He said France is a Pacific nation and PNG looks forward to consolidating the existing constructive relations that both countries enjoy as partners in the region.

I express our gratitude to France for its continued association and support to the Pacific Islands Forum as a dialogue partner and the contribution of France in achieving some of the development aspiration in the re...


Failing upwards "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Ive been busy finishing the manuscript of my book, and dealing with policy issues as they came up, so I havent paid a lot of attention to the Liberal leadership saga. One thing that strikes me is that Josh Frydenberg has had exceptionally favorable coverage, apparently on the basis that hes likable and popular. Thats fine, but if youre going to appoint someone as Treasurer, shouldnt a successful track record be a necessary (though not sufficient) condition? Morrison, for example, had a political success in stopping the boats (whatever the morality of the policy) and was generally seen as a successful Social Services minister (unlike his successor, who messed up the robodebt program). He didnt impress as Treasurer, but at least his previous career justified giving him a go. And while he looks underqualified as PM, the alternatives were even worse[1].

Frydenberg has essentially had one ministerial job, covering environment and energy (though with various titles and temporary add-ons like Northern Australia). In this capacity, his big contribution was the National Energy Guarantee. It was a terrible policy, made necessary by the failure of Turnbull and Frydenberg to face down the denialists in the government. Designed to be all things to all people, it ended up being nothing to nobody. Frydenbergs failure to secure agreement on the NEG was the proximate cause of Turnbulls downfall as PM, and the policy was promptly abandoned the moment Morrison took over. In what possible world is this a basis for promotion?


fn1. Bishop was ruled out on tribal grounds. Her weakness as Treasury spokesman years ago was also held against her, even though she wasnt obviously worse (in retrospect) than Morrison, and much better than Hockey. About Dutton, the less said the better. After that, its daylight.


German police clear protesters from ancient forest marked for mining "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Police officers are seen in the forest as they prepare to clear the area at the Hambacher Forst in Kerpen-Buir near Cologne, Germany, September 13, 2018, where protesters have built a camp with tents and tree houses to stop the clearing of the Hambach forest for a nearby open cast coal mining. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Reuters |15 September, 2018

German riot police cleared environmental activists from tree houses in an ancient forest on Thursda...

Saturday, 15 September


Happy 43rd birthday PNG - & 98th to the great Fred Kaad "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bill Brown and Fred Kaad
Bill Brown MBE & Fred Kaad OBE


NOOSA Fred Kaad OBE, pictured here with his close buddy Bill Brown MBE, has just celebrated his 98th birthday and it seemed a good opportunity today to link this with Papua New Guineas 43rd anniversary of independence.

Both Fred and Bill were significant contributors to nation-building in PNG after World War II and both rose to the distinguished rank of district commissioner, the senior field officers who directed the men known as kiaps who explored, pacified and administered what is now an independent country of eight million people.

After serving in the Australian Army in Papua New Guinea during World War II, Fred Kaad OBE joined the colonial Administration as a patrol officer in 1946, being promoted to district commissioner in 1960.

In 1964 Fred was district commissioner in Madang when the light aircraft in which he was flying crashed, fatally injuring the pilot and leaving Fred a paraplegic with third degree burns to both legs, continuing neuropathic pain.

Following a long period in hospital and convalescence, Fred found himself confined to a wheelchair. But it didnt stop him embarking on a second and equally distinguished career. He completed a masters degree through the University of New England and became a lecturer and course director at the Australian School of Pacific Administration (ASOPA) in Sydney.

Walk Into ParadiseHe remained in the same role when ASOPA was transformed into the International Training Ins...


In response to Peter ONeills Independence Day message "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Peter O'Neill - a message empty of meaningful content and nothing that might serve to engage people's hearts.


ADELAIDE - Periodically, all political leaders feel the need to play the role of statesman. This is when they seek to rise above the noise, dysfunction and mundane squalor of ordinary politics and articulate a noble and worthy vision for the future of the nation.

These speeches usually are carefully crafted pieces of work, where the language chosen and the sentiments expressed are calculated to inspire the hearer to believe that the nation can and will, by harnessing the collective talents, energy and commitment of the people, become wealthier, greater and nobler.

This is often accompanied by reference to elements of national mythology, drawing upon shared ideas of nationhood, as well as notions that qualities like resilience, creativity and industry, supposedly at least, are possessed in abnormal abundance by the nation.

Such speeches are often carefully rehearsed, so that the tone, cadence and rhythm can be choreographed to achieve maximum impact upon the hearer and, especially, to appeal to their emotions.

They are full of rhetorical flourishes intended to arouse feelings, not encourage the hearer to think critically about what is being said.

History has produced many political orators capable of giving this sort of speech. Some examples from the 20th century include Winston Churchill, Adolph Hitler, Martin Luther King, John F Kennedy and Barrack Obama.

Some politicians, knowing that they are not well suited to highly emotive declarative speech making, use other tactics to achieve the same effect.

President Franklin D Roosevelt used the device of a so-called fireside chat over the radio to establish a sense of connection and even intimacy with the American people, especially during the darkest days of World War II. In this way Roosevelt contrived to convey and explain to people the intentions and decisions of the government in a very personal way.

All modern politicians know that they have to learn to be at least b...


Only independence will appease Bougainvilleans, ONeill told "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bougainvilleans, bearing their flag, marching for an independence day that has yet to come

PATRICK MAKIS | PNG Post-Courier/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch

BUKA - The people of Bougainville will only accept independence from Papua New Guinea and nothing else, says concerned Bougainvillean and independence hardliner Gabriel Moses.

And no amount of greater powers or autonomy will appease the people especially after the loss of more than 15,000 lives during the 10-year Bougainville war.

Moses was speaking in reaction to comments made by Papua New Guineas prime minister, Peter ONeill, this week, who reportedly said that the PNG Constitution did not permit the granting of independence to any province or region in the country.

It is hard to compensate the 15,000 to 20,000 lives that were lost during the conflict even with K20 million or 100 pigs or even greater autonomy, free and just association or whatever, said Moses.

The only answer is to grant independence or sovereignty to the people of Bougainville after the referendum is conducted.

The fact is that Bougainville already won independence through the blood that was shed during the crisis and referendum is just a process that will formalise the wishes of the people who I believe will overwhelmingly vote for independence from PNG.

The three or four questions that are being suggested to be answered during the referendum are just to confuse the people especially those who are not educated enough to understand and interpret the questions, Moses said, referring to the questions yet to be decided by the Joint Supervisory Body for the referendum due next 15 June.

He said Bougainville was ready for independence because of its vast natural resources and minerals and only independence would allow the people to unlock these resources for development under their own government and country.

There is no economic value for Bougainville to remain under Papua New Guinea as PNG is a sinking ship and has nothing to offer Bougainville even though the Panguna mine, at one time, contributed largely to the...

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