Folks, I am going to take a bold step and put forward Red Corner's "Steps TO A Better PNG". These are the "what" and the "who" but the "how" is left for discussion. Comments are welcome.
1. Constitution must be amended to reduce the power of independents and backbenchers to allow the Prime Minister and the party(s) in government to make decisions confidantly. If the MP's won't vote for then maybe through a peoples referendum.
2. The Judiciary and Ombudsman must be given the power and encouragement to prosecute and jail or fine corrupt politicians and public servants.
3. Political cronyism must be removed from the public service and statutory bodies through strictly enforced legislation.
4. The Public service must be streamlined and reformed so there is no "deadwood" blocking up the flow of services to the people. The old saying "Too many chiefs but not enough indians" is apt.
5. Law and order must be restored. The police must be enabled to deal with urban crime as well as tribal warfare. In particular the proliferation of guns which is a real threat to society. The use of marshall law in certain situations where innocent civilians are being killed regularly may be required. Village courts must be strengthened.
6. Infrasture such as roads, railways, ports, airports must be built. These must be regulated and maintained by self-sustaining corporations. Infrastructure is the key to the flow of people, goods, ideas and money which will lead to a more progressive society.
7. Natural resources policy must be reformed to make sure resource companies (foreign and local) are fully accountable environmentally, and financially. Landowners must be given more equity and participation in projects. Where possible more downstream processing must be demanded.
8. Foreign affairs department must be strengthened and a capable Minister appointed. PNG should seek free trade agreements, and stronger links in general, with our melanesian and polynesian neighbours as way of selling our manufactured goods. Other foreign policy includes continued support of One-China policy, better dialogue with Australia, Indonesia and New Zealand in that order.
I could go on but its late and I'm getting tired....
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