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Australian advisor revealed to be behind Bougainville President’s attacks on Panguna landowners

December 15, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Bougainville President John Momis has been very persistent and vocal in attacking a Jubilee Australia over a report that gives a voice to the marginalized people of the Panguna area. Momis attacks have characterized Jubilee as an interfering outsider. How ironic that we can now reveal Momis’s virulent attacks were written for him by an Australian ‘advisor’ who is paid by and regularly briefs the Australian government…

In September this year the Bougainville Voices report was released giving Panguna landowners an opportunity tell their story to the rest of Bougainville and the world.

They spoke with pride about their culture but this then changed to bitterness when landowners from Panguna recounted how their heritage and land was stolen from them by Rio Tinto and their Australian colonial partners. Then when the custodians of Panguna resisted this resource theft their homes were burnt, women raped, and loved ones murdered by PNG troops armed by the Australian government and fed by Rio Tinto.

This story of dispossession and revolution exploded in the media during September and October – up until the report’s publication we had been told that the people of Panguna welcomed the return of Rio Tinto, because it was their only chance to escape ‘poverty’ and develop. Doesn’t this sound like the talk of foreign exploiters, not landowners who shed blood to evict a foreign invader?

cartoon showing ASI and AusAID pulling momis's stringsDespite once being an outspoken critic of Rio Tinto, strangely the President launched a bitter attack both on the landowners, and the NGO/researcher organisations who helped publish the Bougainville Voices report. Over many long letters he claimed the testimony of those in the report was simply the lies of anti-mining activists in the landowning communities, who had been hand-picked by foreign troublemakers.

All of this venom sounded less like the President and more like the divisive talk of his controversial Australian adviser, Anthony Regan, who has launched attacks on the MP for central Bougainville Jimmy Miringtoro, in addition to former BRA General Sam Kaouna, because both had called him an ‘activist’ working for the Australian government and its corporate friends.

It can now be revealed that these bitter attacks on the Bougainville Voices report were authored by none other than Anthony Regan, President Momis’ so called legal advisor.

You see Rio Tinto’s faithful Public Relations spin doctor Keith Jackson, who has used his popular blog to broadcast these attacks, published one of the letters online. And analysis of that letter tells us who originally authored the document. And who should come up as the author? Not our President, but none other than Anthony Regan.

Regan Jubilee Letter

This is a legal expert on the payroll of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade who has helped write mining legislation that has allowed Rio Tinto to hold on to its colonial possessions. This is a man who returns to Australia and has closed door meetings with the Australian government, where he tells Ministers and government officials all about whats happening on Bougainville.

Regan Julie Bishop SSGM ANU

Regan regularly briefs the Australian government

Australia is responsible for the deaths of many thousands of Melanesians. It is not sorry, instead it is sending its advisers to win back an island it lost through armed struggle. These efforts must be resisted with the same skill and endurance in the political realm that our boys showed in the military realm.

And don’t be surprised if the President now comes out and labels this blog racist. And don’t be surprised if he also claims that he simply dictated these letters to Anthony Regan, who must be one of the best paid secretaries in the world with a consultancy contract of approximately K300,000 which comes out of the Australian ‘aid’ budget.

  1. Donato
    December 15, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    It’s not a Bougainville Voices report. It’s still a Jubilee Australia bullshit research. It’s not even a research or report. The so called report was written in Ulster, supervised from Ulster, authored from abroad from Ulster and defended from Ulster when it was shredded to pieces by President Momis and the Panguna Mine-affected Landowners Association and others. Jubilee Australia was just a proxy sent in disguised as a social justice NGO with no clue or sense and appreciation what they were supposed to do or find out and bring back. In reality Jubilee did not bring back anything – Ulster had done all the work ready to be released in Canberra.

    How silly can these buggers get or what lengths are they prepared to go to, prove something that they can never prove from abroad. A Member of the Jubilee Academic board has resigned in disgust over this.

    These buggers have no interest in the future of Bougainville other than their own opaque academic interests. They do not have any respect for the popularly elected President and the Bougainville Parliament and the ABG and the people of Bougainville that elected this leadership and Government.

    These buggers do not believe in the rule of law, in open and transparent democratic processes, in open elections and in social justice. They are all about themselves and what they believe in. If they had their way, they would install someone in the mold of Fidel Castro or his brother Raul or a clone of Mussolini.

    President Momis is not going to go away any time soon so you’ll have to put up with him and the people of Bougainville that still believe in him.

    • Dansi
      December 15, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      Donato is actually Simon Pentanu, the disgraced former Ombudsman who is one of a few select individuals to make tens of thousands of Kina from the U-Vistract pyramid scheme, and has acted as a consultant for BCL and Australian land-grabbers. Not surprisingly he gets offended from Port Moresby when the little people stand up and tell him and his big corporate pals to get lost.

    • Jesus
      December 24, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Donato, your criticism of jubilee as a proxy would carry some weight if the same article didn’t show up Momis as being some other foreigner’s proxy. What’s worse is at least we know Jubilee are foreigners.

  2. December 16, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Very troubling stuff. Question, how did you determine that Regan was the author of the Momis letter? I see the image you posted with the “Document Properties” window, just wondering how you were able to find that / pull that up.

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