Australia’s boomerang aid will not assist governance in PNG
Australia its pouring millions of dollars into its own Universities to teach PNG public servants not to steal while ignoring the real corruption that deprives ordinary people in PNG of access to basic services.
PNG politicians and bureaucrats already know the difference between right and wrong and don’t need patronizing Australian university courses to explain it to them.
What Australia should be doing is stopping the syphoning of billions of dollars in stolen PNG taxpayers money through Australian banks and into real estate schemes in Brisbane and Cairns, posh Australian public schools, its glitzy casinos and expensive private hospitals.
But Australia has no interest in stopping the huge economic boost it receives from corruption in PNG so instead it will just keep pretending to support ‘good governance’ through its pathetic boomerang aid schemes…
Australian scheme to boost governance in Papua New Guinea
Rowan Callick | The Australian
THE first stage has been completed of an Australian program to improve governance in Papua New Guinea.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop signed a memorandum two months ago to establish a Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct in Port Moresby’s public service and university hub of Waigani valley. The program also aims to help build partnerships between Australian and PNG institutions.
As an initial step, 27 senior PNG public servants participated in an executive course run by the universities of Queensland and PNG. The Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australia and New Zealand School of Government, the Australian Public Service Commission, Canberra Institute of Technology Solutions and the Australian National University are also involved, planning leadership courses and developing university, certificate and diploma-level qualifications.
The new precinct in Waigani will include a School of Business and Public Policy at the University of PNG and the adjacent Institute of Public Administration.
Ms Bishop said yesterday: “As a friend and partner of PNG, Australia recognises that an effective and ethical public sector is vital for PNG’s stability and prosperity.”
The launch of the program coincides with an intensification of government control of key institutions in PNG, as the country enters the second half of its five-year parliament, when the ruling coalition becomes theoretically vulnerable to votes of no-confidence.
But the government of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has kept consolidating its power rather than seeing it erode, as has tended to happen with previous PNG administrations.