By Paul Oates
“Yes, we must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”
Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790 (at the signing of the US Declaration of
Before any further split up of PNG happens, those promoting the break up as a remedy to produce better times should ponder on just what has caused the current impasse.
Clearly, the effects of ineffectual leadership and massive amount of
unprosecuted corruption at all levels of government has resulted in diverting national resources away from providing desparately needed services for the vast majority of PNG people. A few have obviously benefitted at the expense of the many. This situation has been allowed to continue for many, many years by the very leaders who now suggest regional autonomy will be better for their people.
While everyone in PNG knows what the visible effects of the problems are, very few have come out and said what they would do about effectively fixing those problems?
If the obvious solution has been too hard for current leaders to manage
or is far too electorally painful to contemplate, exactly how are smaller fractions of the same, basic, mathematical formula going to be any more effective than the current, unbalanced equation? More of the same will not produce any different results, no matter how much it is further dissected.
Where are the politicians with enough guts to stand up and publically denounce what is clearly wrong with today’s PNG? Plenty are prepared to talk about what is morally right but who has actually
achieved any real results?
The people responsible for PNG’s current woes must be clearly identified, publically denounced and officially charged by public authorities. Anything else cannot and will not work.
That much is patently obvious.
So what will change with potentially smaller, fragmented, PNG autonomous regions?
Three fifths of five eighths of nothing!