Are more PNG autonomous regions the answer?

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!


3 thoughts on “Are more PNG autonomous regions the answer?

  1. Point taken on corruption.
    Ever heard of “Unity in Diversity”? Thats been working for PNG, maybe even before we were born. There’s no reason why autonomous regions shouldn’t work. It might well be the answer to all our woes….

    1. Autonomous regions to me just mean more red tape and layers of government. For example how many Ministers of tourism do we need?

      What we need is less government and more private business in a larger uniform economy.

      Laws should govern society not people in government who continuously create bottle necks and who demand 10% for everything that is commercially progressive.

      The legislation to make this great nation a power house in the Pacific is just sitting there waiting to be tapped. Forget going backwards, our leaders need to break out of their shells, network with other politicians and together demand and build the economy of tomorrow that will deliver services.

      Start working together!!!! What use am I locked up in my bedroom?? How independent are you really when you are autonomous? we still have to go to Port Moresby to fly overseas.

      1. I tend to agree with you Emmanuel but I can see why people are pushing for greater autonomy.

        The crux of the matter, in my opinion, is that we have a service delivery issue. And the 10% culture that is so rampant at Waigani is largely to blame.

        I think what the proponents of autonomy are really pushing for is to have better control over how to correct one of the greatest paradoxes in our time: our national GDP has been steadily heading north while real living standards in our provinces are fast heading south.

        There is a house full of paper wealth in Moresby while outside of it exists an empty country. The left side of our national balance sheet does not currently match with the right side and someone is trying to reconcile the differences. But is there a better way to do it so as to minimise red tape? Can we try and make the laws that govern how we administer our service delivery mechanisms actually work? Are we trying to cut corners by advocating for autonomy?

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