Sir John Kaputin, ACP Head and Secretary General when addressing the Australian National University recently stated that, “There is an urgent need to look at the positive aspects of migration, and to address the negative consequences, such as the phenomenon of brain drain and the migration to developed countries of highly skilled and much needed professionals educated and trained at great expense in ACP states. In recent times some ACP states including my country of origin – Papua New Guinea have lost so many doctors, nurses and teachers to developed countries that ethically, it is no longer brain drain but brain theft”
Okay so is he a bit soft in the head or what? Oh now you and every other politician wants to call it ‘brain theft’. So what, are you saying that the developed countries are stealing our brain power?
That’s a bit rich! I’ll tell you why our educated professionals are leaving PNG to work in the outbacks of Australia. THEY DONT GET PAID WHAT THEY ARE WORTH HERE IN PNG!!!!!!! Its as simple as that.
What’s ‘ethically wrong’ is how our government loves to spend money on everything else from NRL teams to jet planes, but when it comes to looking after our teachers and doctors, well that can wait for AUSAID to cover….
[NB: You can read his full speech here]