Join the New Australians at the POM Aussie High Comm

As I was driving past the Aussie High Comm this morning for a meeting, I noticed the Papuan Australian rally in full swing at Waigani.

I had to stop and get some goss on this. So from a report in the National newspaper it appears that Kevin Rudd has acknowleded a previous letter to the Australian Government seeking clarification on their legal status.

They also said that they did not want to leave PNG, all they wanted was to be recognised as Australians in PNG.

Now the legal and political implications have been discussed before and if you have an opinion feel free to share.

I just think that all that time and money would be better spent educating your children so that perhaps they could actually go to Australia as a skilled migrant. If, of course that’s in their plans.

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12 thoughts on “Join the New Australians at the POM Aussie High Comm

  1. I actually think these people have a point and I applaud them for persisting. The least Australia can do is get down to check the legality of the point they are trying to get across to everyone, instead of just brushing them aside.

    This is about Human Rights and Australia should give them a fair go….if they (the Aussies) still know what that means…

  2. How is this about Human Rights? What human rights of theirs are being contravened by the Australians? These people don’t even live under Australian Laws or in Australian society.

    Using ‘Human Rights’ as an excuse for any social movement just cheapens the real meaning of them. We cant go around yelling Human Rights every time a decision goes against us. One day human rights really will be under threat and nobody will care because everyone will just think its more people looking for handouts.

    Heres a reminder of what your human rights actually are: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

    I agree with Emmanuel. Australia is crying out for skilled migrants. They dont want lazy handout seekers who are trying to game the system. Educate yourself and your children. Thats the fastest way to migrate.

  3. What an interesting legal arguement – ‘We were not given the opportunity to decide whether we were Australian’s or Papuan’s at the hand over of independance’

    Interesting logic, but a sad reality is Australia is tightening its borders due to a massive influx of ‘boat people’ and at the same time are tightening the free trade zone between PNG, Torres & Far North QLD for preventative measures to stop the flow of HIV / AIDS into Australia’s indigenous communities through this trade portal.

    One would assume that at the hand over of independance – essentialy the withdrawl of an outside ruling body, that the orginal inhabitants of the land would like to remain just that, on their land.

    I also feel it worth noting, were as we enjoy a more westernised and developed lifestyle here in Australia we are also the most taxed nation on the planet and the entrenched levels of corruption in our systems ‘part of the landscape’ (one need only look at the QLD & NSW police force track record). In the state which i live – QLD we have bolstered the federal economy along with Western Australia for the last 15 years through the resource boom and now QLD is broke and had its credit rating dropped down from AAA. The view on the ground here is we are on a downhill slope.

    PNG is in a unique position with little exisitng infastructure it can almost entirley skip the ‘mechanical’ and ‘analogue’ age entering straight into the freedom and low operating costs associated with ‘Digital’. It is has alot of its original culture and natural beauty intact – perfect for tourism and eco-tourism. As far as indigenous peoples in the commonwealth, PNG citizens are one of the lucky few who still own and control their original land. PNG’s next finacial year the economy is touted to be at a growth rate of 8%.

    PNG should embrace itself, see the real assets it has (not just LNG or Gold) and the bright future that will light the path for the passioante and dedicated.

    1. very good Aussie Bob , I enjoyed reading your comments.
      you need to write more, as your vision is on the right track.
      and 100% correct, one of the most informative accurate blogs of PNG, Australia I have read.

  4. I am of the same view with AussieBob.

    We have it all here in PNG. Of course the question of if you are also Australian born before Independence; fair go.

    But friends life is a one way; we learn from our past, we live today and we embrace the future. Every time we go into the demonstrations, strike, etc, we should also ask this question, is there an alternative before such? What alternatives I do have that can make my life meaningful. Or furthermore, what can I create out of what I have so that I do not ‘waste’ my time.

    I still think that it is an Attitude problem, as many have stressed, that we do not see tangible benefits from the Abundance that GOD has blessed us with.

    It starts with each person. If we want better Health Services, learn to look after what we have. I bet many of the Health Centres around our country lack Community support let alone Government support. We can do more with what we have. I was not around during the 60s and 70s but from my my parents account, there were considerable care and ownership or health facilities, roads, etc.

    I am also pleased to say that all is not lost and there are many examples around the country that continue to uphold the Community-spirit; that of care, respect, dignity and intelligence.

    However having said that, it is up to wanwan man yet.

    ‘Kamapim long Graun blo Yumi yet’

  5. Perhaps the organisers of this movement can tell us what is it that they really are after.

    Do they want to enjoy all the rights, privileges and opportunities that an Australian citizen is entitled to by being recognised as an Australian citizen living in Diaspora in PNG?

    What if the social and economic fortunes of PNG were to be the exact opposite of what it is today? Would these guys jump up and down to ‘go back home’ to Australia?

    Drop the crap and let’s start creating our own opportunities in our own country for our own people. Our colonial history is well and trully behind us now and there is nothing to be gained by living in the past.

  6. Papua was a Territory of Australia before independence – so it had the same legal status as the Northern Territory or ACT. I think what some Papuans are stating is that they had no say in the abrogation of their Territorial status when PNG achieved independence, so this is about their loss of rights of self-determination.

    By by way NZ, was a party to the first Australian federation conventions and was further down the track of joining Australia than WA was at the time! So “Australia” could have been the eastern states and NZ, with WA being a separate country! Some might say more’s the pity!

    Maybe a South Pacific Community is worth considering – like the EU?

  7. I merely meant to point out that colonial decisions about boundaries between countries were often illogical and unfair – like most of the middle east. Ethnically and geographically Bougainville should be part of the Solomon’s and West Papua part of a greater New Guinea – but it ain’t gonna happen in our lifetimes!

    Sadly in politics humans are seldom logical or fair.

  8. Interesting point made by the leaders of this group.

    THere is a lot of issues that might arise if Australia recognises them as Aussies living in PNG. What would be the PNG government’s stance about their movement outside of the Papuan Region? What would be the land tenure system applicable in the Papuan Region? Would the PNG capital be moved to Lae or another town?

    However, whilst living in AUstralia, I see that PNG people enjoy a lot more privileges than the indegenious Australians do here in their own land. AussieBob’s comments are on point.

    I believe Papuans are better off being part of PNG than being are part of Australia. Autonomy is an option available to them if they are adamant on having more political power over their political status.

  9. I like this story, so if i have to come and visit home, does that mean, if I haven’t got time to renew my Australian Visa to get back into the country, can I come to little Australia and do it over there?

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