Thanks Susan for sharing this crucial information. I just want to shed some light on one of the most significant aspect of this nation that has a major role in this curse of resources' exploitation. The answer lies in Multiculturalism. PNG is terrifyingly diverse in culture. It's like 800 nations clustered into one big nation. Diversified cultural societies and ethnicity is unnecessarily causing division and threatened unity in a nation. MCult societies have failed and that the human cost of the failure have been high. (Note: for a detailed outline on Multiculturalism, see my new thread on this forum under "Two gods that failed").
Multiculturalism (MCult) - a god that failed.
Multiculturalism in Resource Exploitation (A Curse?)
Developing nations are taking advantage of our multicultural society to exploit our resource. Look at these scenarios.
Australia knew better than to let MCult cripple their nation. Now when they look at the resource rich country PNG, they wonder how on earth will they take these riches. And there it was- MCult. Now look carefully. If Aussie wants to take minerals from Southern Highlands, specifically from local land owners in a certain district (hence cultural society) all they have to do is fulfill the short term interests of these people and poof off goes the minerals without the rest of PNG benefiting, government wonít say anything, itís not state land, ol Morobe nonap toktok, ol Tolai nonap toktok, infact husait bai toktok, em graun blo ol Southern Highlands, they are a very different ethnicity and culture altogether, laik blo ol. So you see, developing nations are so clever they used MCult to exploit resource. Then we all are wondering why is our resource being ripped off without anything to show, is their a curse? Now say what if PNG is a homogeneous society and the government owns the land: trust me itís going to be f****** hard for them to exploit because they have to answer to the nation without sliding cold hard cash under the table. That was what happened to Panguna, Lihir, Ok Tedi, Pogera, Bulolo forest, etc. Welcome to hell.
Now look at LNG, the American Exxon Mobil is using the same old technique. How? What did Exxon Mobil say about LNG job opportunities/priorities? ďPriority number one, project impacted areas, then Southern Highlands, then the rest of PNG. Thatís f****** racist. In doing so, most workers will not be skilled and qualified enough to know whatís going on and alas the Americans will be all over our a**es. Itís common sense, you should pick qualified skilled employees first then give minor roles to the locals but the Americans knew better, theyíll use MCult to rip us up. Oops here we go again, Panguna-Lihir remix.
Unless we compromise all these damnned cultures, LNG ainít getting our a** nowhere.