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An intolerable situation where people are the victims of corporate greed

February 9, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Gary Juffa

In the last few months, Papua New Guinea has experienced a spate of disasters in rapid succession. It is as if the elements of nature have spewed out their anger and Papua New Guinea experienced disasters from the air, land and now water. Yet it is not nature that cost the nation the lives of Papua New Guineas sons and daughters so much as human errors in judgment by those who had the opportunity to prevent the terrible events from occurring – humans.

In these instances, human beings employed in foreign owned companies operating in PNG. Yet even these agents are not to be blamed so much as the persons who direct and urge them to act and employ them and do so for profit. 
These are of course the owners of the company, those who reap the profits of the business activities that generate the revenues for their bank accounts.

But even they are only partially to blame. For there are those who sit above these rampant profiteers in so far as responsibility is concerned, placed there by “the people”. The government, its elected officials and the departments and agencies and their agents, developing policy and providing check and balance, regulatory and monitory oversight in strategic and tactical efforts to protect the interests of those who need the goods and services provided by the profiteers, “the people”.

The events that occurred in the last few months are instructive examples of how the people have been ignored, left unprotected to the whim and will of corporate interest. While no one doubts the use and need for corporate activities and their benefits, their taxes, which they reluctantly pay and only if asked, they are in need of controls and regulations so that their fundamental ambition, their mission, to generate profit, often driven by the greed of those who own them, must not interfere with human life in so far as reducing it to mere costs on a profit and loss statement. That responsibility is placed firmly every 5 years on a select group of individuals chosen from among the people themselves, to act as guardians of the interests of the people and essentially the nation, creating and implementing laws to ensure that the peoples interests are carefully taken account of and protected. The consequences of the representatives ignoring their responsibility are severe. The people end up paying more then they bargained for.Sometimes with property, blood and lives…

In October 2011, an Airlines PNG plane crashed into the jungles of Madang killing 28 on board with only the crew of 4 surviving including the Australian (formerly retired) pilot, recruited nonetheless for one last stint. The entire country grieved for the victims who not included those that perished but those that were left behind with the sad memories, those that have been left will now have to endure the vacuum created by the loss of their loved ones and the consequences of their absence in their lives.

In January 2012 Papua New Guinea went into collective shock and mourning yet again when news of a landslip that occurred in the Highlands reached the rest of the country and indeed the world. This awful tragedy killed an estimated 68 Papua New Guineas living in the vicinity of a quarry operated by a contractor of the giant LNG Gas Project Exxon. Entire families were buried, fathers, mothers and children along with their simple hopes of a better life.

Whilst the nation was still reeling from the loss of lives in both disasters, a ferry overladen with passengers mainly women and children, capsized and sank off the coastal waters of Northern Province and Morobe. An estimated 100 people are missing, feared dead. Tales of horror from survivors tell of an ordeal that lasted mere minutes when the old leaky tub overladen with passengers returning from holidays, many to school was submerged by giant waves on a patch of rough sea and went down. Lower decks were filled with sleeping women and children. According to reports the ferry was overloaded beyond recommended capacity. Even more alarming is that the Captain claimed bad weather but had been forced to set sail by the ships owner or face termination of his employment. Merchant ships nearby reacted to distress signals and managed to save many. According to a report, a few persons were cut to pieces by the giant propellers of one of the merchant ships in the melee. The Australian government reacted swiftly and dispatched its navy and coastguard saving many lives from a watery grave. The Australian Political landscape also reacted swiftly, not missing a beat and Gillard took no time in claiming credit and offering condolences laced with condescending statements all in the same paragraph.

Lack of proper attention to the development, implementation and monitoring of laws and regulations, policies and procedures designed to protect human life continues to allow deaths of Papua New Guineans. The perpetrators never ever punished, merely stumble in their march towards greater profits, momentarily pausing to recover losses and regain momentum…and march on…seemingly untouchable…their investment worth far more then the lives of the citizens of this island nation, constantly and consistently in a state of non development.

The blood of these innocent victims drips not only from the hands of those employees, the pilot, the ships master and the quarry manager, but also from the executives right up through to the boards of these organizations that avid seek profit in Papua New Guinea with little concern about standards or regulations as demonstrated in those events…but drenched and soaking, congealing even in clots, are the bloodbaths that our leadership over the years have languished in, the blood of our people, constantly filled up by the inaction of those who we have elected into positions of power to guard our interests…our future…ourselves victims, our children lining up to become…. The worst disaster that continues since September 16, 1975 to this very day, is that of our lack of good governance…

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  1. Interested Observer
    February 9, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    It must be good to be Mr Juffa and sit at the right hand of God and know that all of these disasters were the result of corporate greed. Further he obviously knows that the airline disaster was connected to pilot error, and that the landslip was the result of Exxon’s activities. Despite the fact that he is not an aircraft engineer or safety investigator, and that the fact that the airline involved has been “safety audited” by many major companies, and that he is not a geotechnical engineer, he knows these things and states that the pilot, quarry manager et al have the blood of the victims on their hands.

    It must be marvellous to be so all knowing. It is quite a pity he did not use these incredible powers to raise enough money in his past role in the government for the country and the government that paid his wages to function without the assistance of Australia, a country he was so quick to denigrate. We are all aware of the term for those who “bite the hand that has fed them”. But then, silly me, you can only collect custom’s duties if you have investment and Mr Juffa does not want investors who seek profit – duh?

    This is sensationalism at its best and one would have hoped for something a bit more logical and less judgemental. Of course, everyone grieves for the loss of life. But again, it must be a true blessing to be so all-knowing to be able to state so unequivocally the real reasons for these dsasters. With his insights and powers that I have not seen given to anyone else, he is surely the person to lead the nation.

    • Las Island
      February 11, 2012 at 9:35 am

      @Interested Observer, sounds like Mr Juffa has stepped on your sore!

      • wesely
        February 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm

        Interested observer has an opinion that is well argued.
        Argue against his opinion and win some merrit.
        But don’t play the Man.
        I have also found Juffa to be a self interested individual who bellows loudly in public but does nothing in reality.
        I do not deny the need for proper governance regimes in PNG but it needs people with integrity and sadly Juffa is not one of those people. Sure he makes the right noises to attract attention but he has not really got any grasp on governance polict and practice.
        Otherwise he would have identified the real issue.
        There just is no proper policing of legislation in PNG, public servants use regulatory/policing statues for their own personal purposes.

    • Gary Juffa
      February 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      Spoken like a true profit and greed warrior Interested Observer. Perhaps you should call yourself Bitter Observer. You may defend your expatriate friends till the cows come home but at the end of the day, they erred in the fact that they ran operations purely for profit without consideration of human lives. If they did, they would have had in place safety policies designed to prevent such disasters from happening. They took advantage of the fact that PNG does not adequately or sufficiently police the safety aspect of running business in this country. That will one day end and PNG will one day join the ranks of the rest of the South East Asian nations that have realized that they do not need the west to progress and would do well to instead ignore and remove the red neck apartheid era neo colonialist condescending stupidity that emanates from the likes of you…I ask you and Wesely to post your true identities…come on…lets see some real debate in that fashion…truth and transparency..isnt that what we are always being preached?

  2. bonny
    February 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    There was a trend in the making of these disasters and was obvious to everybody. It is not rocket science to tell if an over loaded ship is going to over turn and sink, or major logging and poor quarying practise can cause a landslip. You need not be an air craft engineer to know that an air craft over 25 years old is at risk of having mantainance problems. (Have you seen the prelimenary report?)
    Are investments more important than innocent lives? Interested observer will do anything for money.

  3. Leah
    February 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    All these disasters were avoidable,
    This wasn’t a sudden earthquake, a tsunami etc. that was unavoidable.
    These were old planes, old boats and lack of proper insight where someone wasn’t doing their job.People died, in some cases almost whole families were lost. Papua New Guineans need services, just because they need it doesn’t mean you take advantage of the situation and make money from crappy service. It takes one to be responsible, a simple “No, this looks dangerous” could have saved so many lives, no amount of money can give back what Papua New Guinea has lost.

    • wesely
      February 12, 2012 at 7:25 pm

      Leah/Bonny

      Garry Juffa seems to blame the people of PNG for voting dickheads in to office year after year.

      “…………The worst disaster that continues since September 16, 1975 to this very day, is that of our lack of good governance……….”

      The solution to a poorly regulated State is for the people of PNG to start critically electing competant people into office, if there are any.

  4. Lyndon Marley Gorie
    February 10, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    At least Gary has the courage to put his real name when writing his article instead of hiding behind a pen name.

    All these disasters have left foot prints behind. We just have to look closely and carefully with open mind to realise their causes/triggers.
    We need to be proactive on all fronts instead of being reactive. In that way we will avoid such disasters/tragedies and utilize funds expended on them in other vital areas of development.

    • Gary Juffa
      February 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks Lyndon, I have posted a reply to the person who posted lies. Such idiots will continue to imagine that they have a right to do whatever they want in PNG even at the cost of lives. Neocolonialists and apartheid subscribing fools.

      Gary Juffa

    • wesely
      February 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      Yes, Lyndon, Garry Juffa put his name ther because he wants to curry favour with the electorate.
      Not that he is totally insincer………

      • Gary Juffa
        February 12, 2012 at 11:55 pm

        “Wesely”, you entertain me with your stupidity and ignorance..hahaha..my electorate does not contain web surfers galore for whom I need for their votes…I curry favor with no one. I am a son of Papua New Guinea. Just go home and live your dull boring culture less, family less meaningless life until your child places you in an old folks home to live out your lonely days as a senile old red neck..

  5. February 10, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    It would be interesting to know the real identity of interested observer and find out what he has done for this country in comparison to Juffa… He must be probably better then Juffa to be sarcastic especially when people’s lives were lost… Or do we sense of jealousy there??

    • wesely
      February 12, 2012 at 7:31 pm

      Nothing wrong with critica thinking.
      It’s not a tennis match, takes all kinds of people to make a world/.
      And by the way, Garry Juffa has made a lot of noise in public but what is it exactly that you mean when you suggest that Garry Juffa has done for PNG.
      What he has done is left the role of head of customs and some one else will now have to take his place and finish the institutional building work that the Australian Government initiated and has funded and supported and put enormous effort into over the period when Garry Juffa was a public servant.
      Is that what you mean?

      • Gary Juffa
        February 12, 2012 at 11:46 pm

        Relax Wesely, you are so quick to continue with your tirade of lies. The changes brought about in Customs had nothing to do with Australia. And I have left Customs in the best possible position for the next group of Papua New Guinean managers to continue with the good work we started. You are bitter as usual because you cannot take credit. I will not waste my time detailing what has happened to bring about this change for the best interests of PNG. Stop attacking our citizens and reflect on the inadequacy of your own self. Being bitter doesn’t help your stomach ulcers or lack of sufficient grey matter.

  6. wesely
    February 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Warrior.
    Just to be clear, I agree very much with Garry Juffa’s general opinion about the need for real and tangible regulatory regimes in PNG.
    To the best of my knowledge there are non that come up to scratch.
    In the absence of good governance these events happen.
    But there is a direct link between bad governance and the subject of corruption?
    What does the word “corruption”, in practical terms, actually mean in this context?
    Well, its all very well to snipe about the failures after the fact.
    Its very easy to impose an ex post factor opinion on why some thing happened.
    But the simple fact of the matter is that with governance regimes these things might not happen.
    So its a bit of a chicken and egg debate.
    We can sit here and argue about which one comes first but the body of learnt experience around the world over the last 1,500 years suggests that, in the context of regulatory regimes, the first party to blame is government itself for not enforcing (or even having) regulatory regimes.
    Its the governments duty to protect consumers and citizens.
    Now, why does this not happen in PNG?
    The answer is simple, there is a poor understanding of te basic functions of government let alone concepts of governance and enforcement.
    In may respects, even in high public office, there is an entrenched mentality of self interest and this leads to a form of public dishonesty and self interest in public office which itself, in any objective view, is a form of corruption.
    This definition of corruption, for the purposes of government administration, is blurred in PNG because in addition to radical self-interest and onetokism there is the cloak of blithering incompetence that some of the worst offenders hide behind.
    One thing can be said for the entrenched corruption in the PNG administration.
    They (the offenders) always seem to point to someone or something to justify their bent and improper behaviors.
    They often disguise their own position by joining the loudest and most vocal public “Law and Order” supporters.
    Let me cite an example of what would fall within the definition of corruption in public office.
    A public servant is vested with the responsibility of preserving a relationship under an MOA or a statute.
    The public servant is incompetent, does little of no effective work and really fails to discharge his function under the MOA.
    He or she also believes that by seeking public recognition he/she will advance their own personal interests.
    So, acting for improper purposes, he/she ignores his/her duty under the express mandate of a legislative provision, but, using that as an excuse, opportunistically seeks to impose in his/her own ideas, interests and agenda into the discharge of public duties.
    To justify this he/she might invent a series of highly subjective facts to achieve the desired outcome.
    He/she might also just ignore the statute.
    He/she then proclaims the requisite “facts” in public and the proceeds to use his/her office for improper purposes knowing those “facts” are just a convenient but fraudulent invention.
    Sadly, a prime example of this is the recently reported conduct of Garry Juffa and another in the case of Royal v Kalut.
    In that case there was clear evidence of common law conspiracy between Juffa and Kalut to pervert the course of justice and make perjured allegations against Royal Thompson, a lawyer, and now a judge.
    In effect they attempted to intimidate her to avoid public embarrassment for their own misbehavior and incompetance.
    The motive for such conduct clearly stemmed from Garry Juffa’s self-interest and embarrassment he felt at being publicly rebuked in his role as Head of Customs by Royal Thompson’s client.
    Likewise, the findings of the Court were that Juffa was not telling the truth, and had, on the facts, in all likelihood committed the offense of common law conspiracy to injure and the very offenses he and Kalut claimed Royal Thompson had committed.
    Stemming for the judicial findings of the Court:-
    1 Juffa was incompetent in his office as the PNG Commissioner of Customs;
    2 Juffa corruptly abused the powers vested in his office;
    3 Juffa attempted to hide from the public of PNG the truth of the above two (2) enumerated matter;
    The common law and statutory offenses committed by Juffa and Kalut (which obviously included abuse of public office and probably perjury) will go unpunished because of the ignorance of the general public and its despairing view of the social contract in PNG, and, that fact that there is no one to prosecute such matters (i.e. the police themselves are to some extent both incompetent and/or corrupt in the enforcement of the Law).
    In any responsible common law jurisdiction (the UK, Canada, Australia etcetera) Juffa would have been immediately suspended and subject to inquiry, particularly in this case where he has done very serious injury to PNG’s standing in the international community.
    It is because of that kind of conduct that the international community has defined the PNG administration as a “dysfunctional blob”.
    That kind of self interested conduct has the effect of maintaining a corrupt and/or incompetent administration in PNG.
    This robs the common people of PNG of their birthright.
    After all, they are not the regulators and it’s the regulators duty to prevent disasters as much as anyone else.
    It’s time for truly transparent and competent regulatory regimes in PNG without jingoistic and lame excuses.
    I say that there would be no manifest problem if people saw the reality of what is needed, a coplete reform of attitudes within te PNG administration, rather than always looking at the problem without doing anything aboute the cause of the problem

    • Gary Juffa
      February 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Dear Wesely, thank you for your criticism. I do not doubt that you are of course some upset foreigner because a Papua New Guinean has dared speak up against the constant and continuous disregard for our laws by foreign owned firms who operate in PNG and turn over substantial profits.

      I note your false information and lies that you have posted about the case regarding Royal Thompson. You have obviously no idea about the facts and have merely made the effort to spew forth lies in an effort to tarnish my name. I really do not care what you and your kind think – neo-colonialists or Uncle Toms.

      In regards to the Royal Thompson case, she went to the trouble of paying an advert in a national daily in PNG that printed for public digestion false information about the matter of UBT Fjord, an oil tanker that had come into PNG and had stolen dutiable fuel oil and attempted to smuggle it out. Whilst this matter was in court, Thompson took out an ad that was run by the paper as if it were fact which is technically unethical for a newspaper which is supposed to be governed by laws that stipulate that facts and only facts should be reported. In this instance, lies were reported. She was consequently charged for her actions in that she was interfering in an ongoing matter before the courts. NO court has ever found me incompetent in my efforts to police the laws of this country and protect the interests of its people.

      You assertion that in any nation with common law jurisdiction would have found me guilty of protecting the interests of my country and demanding duty due to the nation as Customs Duties is laughable. That is the very type of capitalist mentality that is destroying the western world today – that the rich and its agents must be protected by the governments from the poor and God forbid the poor should ever deign to question the rich and their rampant march towards greater profits.

      As of this post, the duty still remains unpaid by the company that stole the fuel. No damage has been done to PNG’s image at all as you assert, there is no proof of that blatant lie.

      I ask you to come out an reveal your identity otherwise, you should very seriously consider leaving this nation that is making you wealthy beyond your wildest neocolonialist dreams. Either that, or you are one of the growing number of Papua New Guineans with colonized mindsets, the Uncle Toms if you may, who yearn to be citizens of another nation other then that of their birthright.

      As I stated earlier, I do not care what you or your champagne guzzling apartheid subscribing cronies think of me. I do what is right and I stand by my people and I have no fear in saying that of hiding behind pen names. Of course this is the net and anyone can post anything they want even lies, just like you have done.

      As a friend of Royal Thompson who works in PNG raking in substantial monies from this young economy while sneering at it, you should be ashamed, but of course that would mean you would be aware of the stupidity of your argument. I say this, return to Australia and attend to your mistreatment of the indigenous Australians, those who truly own that country.

      It is easy to snipe and hide behind pseudonyms, mine is here for your information. Gary JUFFA

  7. February 12, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Good on you Garry, I stand with you as a proud Papua new Guinean.!

    • Gary Juffa
      February 12, 2012 at 11:42 pm

      Thanks Warrior. Idiots like this are allowed into our country make themselves filthy rich and denigrate our people. I do agree with one thing, that is the need to elect some intelligent and empathetic people.

      Wesely, if you had any sense you would make an effort to understand how far Customs came without Australians help or your neo-colonialist cronies. Yes, I will put my name down. Not to curry favor, I don’t need that at all. My voters are not those who read the lies that such apartheid era dinosaurs like you post on the internet. You are far too quick to credit Australia.

      You are bitter my friend because you are too much of a coward to come forward and instead insist on hiding behind a pen name and the lies you post. I have nothing to defend nor prove. Its there. I say it again: return to the continent that your forefathers illegally took from the indigenous people from that land and do something about their plight – although I doubt you would care sufficiently given your red neck views..gladly, your kind are fading away…your nation will be populated by the rest of the world and will be another South East Pacific Nation and they will elect leaders whose parents or grandparents hail from these region and they will bring about meaningful change and do away with your neocolonialist kind…..

  8. Richard
    February 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Readers may remember that BHPbilliton, the world’s largest mining corporation, departed the nation some 12 years ago, tail between legs, slamming the door on fingers of PNG citizens by, in effect, extorting from the cash strapped government of Papua New Guinea a total indemnity for their hideous social tort and profound and overt breach of social license.
    BHP achieved this by announcing the closure of the mine.
    The effect of the closure of the OK Tedi Mine would have completely destroyed Papua New Guinea’s economy, and, of course, BHP was at all material times well aware of the consequences of such a declared intent.
    At the same time BHP offered an arrangement whereby the Papua New Guinea government would give a complete indemnity and total immunity from prosecution over the OK Tedi disaster in exchange for BHP handing the disaster (and the OK Tedi Mine) to the PNG government.
    The reasons for this disaster are complex.
    The original plans included an Environmental Impact Statement (done by an Australian Consultancy) called for a tailings dam to be built near the mine.
    This would allow heavy metals and solid particles to settle, before releasing the clean ‘high-water’ into the river system where remaining contaminants would be diluted.
    The plan was seriously flawed.
    In 1984 an earthquake (common in the area) caused the half built dam to collapse.
    The company continued in developing operations at OK Tedi without any dam.
    This was initially because BHP argued with the PNG government that it would be too expensive to rebuild it.
    Subsequently, the cash-strapped PNG government, under huge economic pressure from the closure of the Angina Copper Project on Bougainville, was compelled to agree with BHP or face economic collapse.
    In 2010 BHP decided to re-enter PNG and applied for a massive area of exploration license in the Central Highlands of PNG with riverine systems running off in a northward direction into the Sepik River system.
    The story, about these applications is rather interesting but to cut a long story short the applications for grant of the tenements were forwarded to the then Minister for Mining, the Honorable John Pundari in mid 2010 for approval or rejection.
    The Minister is on the Public Record as having stated, under parliamentary privilege, and in response to matters raised in parliament, “I personally find it very difficult to allow the return of BHP Billiton into this country, given its legacy with the Ok Tedi mine project” and, the “environmental problems of the Ok Tedi river systems were real and huge, and the company should have looked for remedial solutions instead of making a decision to walk away from them”.
    The Honorable Minister went on to say that the failure (by BHP) to provide “real large tangible projects and programs” in the Western province, where Ok Tedi was located, was “an act of cruelty, and we must not continue to condone this type of conduct in this country”.
    Clearly, like the rest of the nation, and right thinking people throughout the international community, the Minister was of the view that BHP was, and is not, a good corporate citizen.
    There after the Minister rejected BHP’s applications, as he was lawfully entitled to do under Section 20(1) of the Mining Act.
    Thereafter as a matter of Law, the matter was closed, finished, end of story, etcetera.
    What then happened in the latter part of 2010?
    Firstly, there was a change of government and an attendant change of Mining Minister.
    BHP then threatened to litigate with the PNG government over the rejection of the tenement applications.
    BHP made this threat conditional on the applications not being granted.
    The threat was made notwithstanding that BHP had no legal basis for such litigation.
    In the context of Section 20(1) of the Mining Act the rejection of the applications was entirely valid under the broad discretions given to the Minister for Mining.
    Then, apparently, under the threat of litigation BHP brought improper influence on the Chairman of the Mining Advisory Council, the administrative body responsible for making recommendations to the Minister on matters of grant.
    An agreement was reached under color of the threat of litigation and other matters, that the Chairman of the Mining Advisory Council would simply ignore the Ministers decision to reject the applications, and that thereafter they would wait for another person to be appointed as Minister for Mining, and try again.
    This conduct is, OBVIOUSLY, both illegal under the Mining Act, a clear abuse of process, and, a corruption of the independence of the Mineral Resources Authority.
    It is also action displaying a completely disrespect and disregard for the lawful authority of the office of the Minister for Mining and due process thereunder.
    Needless to say, the Minister for Mining is the only office legally entrusted by parliament with the decision to grant or not grant.
    In this case, once the Honorable John Pundari made his decision, and directed that to the Chairman of the Mining Advisory Council, as a matter of Law, that was the end of the matter.
    The Chairman was then obliged to simply communicate the Ministers determination to the applicant, BHP.
    It needs to also be stated that there is NO review process available to either BHP, nor to the Mining Advisory Council who themselves now have NO JURISDICTION under the Mining Act to re-consider the matter of BHP’s applications under the doctrine of Functus officio.
    Nor can the Chairman of the Mining Advisory Council ignore the Ministers decision, which he clearly has, apparently, under pressure from BHP.
    In so far as the purported applications have been purportedly re-submitted under pressure by BHP to the office of the Minister for Mining the applications are void, they do not exist, and they are a legal fiction under the doctrine of Functus officio.
    However what does BHP care about the law in PNG?
    Clearly, BHP cares naught for the Laws of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea and whether or not the consequences of these applications, in all the circumstances, amounts to a corruption of the Laws of Papua New Guinea
    Again, in the words of UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon,
    “ Corruption undermines democracy and the rule of law. It leads to violations of human rights. It erodes public trust in government. It can even kill”.

  9. Flite Sefti
    March 26, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    When will the Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission release the long awaited final report into the Airlines PNG Flight CG1600 ‘Forced Landing’ which resulted in 28 Papua New Guineans losing their lives?

    At 1720 hrs on 13 October 2011 the P2-MCJ ‘crashed’ following actions by the crew or mechanical fault on the banks of the Buang River and still the travelling public and affected families are awaiting for the release of the final report.

    On the 2nd February 2012, the MV Rabaul Queen sank in wild weather in the Vitiaz Strait – whilst the loss of live was greater a report and inquest has been completed and the responsible persons dealt with or pending process with the law.

    However, the responsible persons for the CG1600 accident ALL remain free of these processes – Are they above the law? Is their ‘expatriate’ status shielding them from being held responsible? Why, still to this day are several key personnel responsible for flight CG1600 still at the executive level of Airlines PNG?

    Surely, the AIC has nothing to hide from the public – are the findings so inconclusive or the greater picture of ‘The affordable safety culture’ Airlines PNG provides to Papua New Guinea going to result in a capacity problem that Air Niugini just cannot cope with.

    Perhaps the NASFUND/APNG deal of century is sufficient to keep this covered up without having to write of the entire deal as a loss……

    Modern aviation thinking, a major accident is usually the result of a systemic or underlying problem within a company – not just ‘pilot error’. Surely the second largest airline in PNG has defences to prevent this from happening – or is the culture so entrenched that we all just wait for another blunder to take more lives.

    • 15 December 1992. BN2 struck a mountain near Alotau 6 people killed (MBA)
    • 12 July 1995. DHC6 Shortly after takeoff from Alotau crashed into shallow water. 13 people killed (MBA)
    • 11 May 1996. BN2 flew into a valley surrounded by high terrain near Oumba. 1 passenger killed (MBA)
    • 9 July 1996. DHC6 aircraft struck a mountain on approach to Mendi. 20 killed (MBA)
    • 29 July 2004. DHC6 crashed near Ononge, in cloudy conditions. 2 killed (APNG)
    • 11 August 2009.CG4684 DHC6 near Kokoda, all 13 people on board were killed (APNG)

    Come on PNG – let’s demand the truth and ensure the responsible managers are held accountable for their actions.

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