Boy I sure have a habit of inducing a lot of discussion.
Sandy Creek Mangi may or may not havebeen a pupil of mine but whether he was or not,I strongly supported a multi-racial school here in Wau and volunteered my time as an unpaid teacher.One of the things I would have taught Sandy Creek Mangi would have been equality.He obviously didn't learn much.At Independence our successful Multi-Racial school was closed down as International schools were introduced and we didn't have the money or population to support one.My children grew up never knowing that they were different because they were all different colours as in Wau we are all the same whether we are black or white,Catholic or Protestant.This prevails up until today.They learnt that they were different when we moved to Lae in 1979 and most of the children were enrolled at schools in Lae.They very quickly learnt all about racism and that we were the family of "kanaka lovers" who had all of those kids,some of them being,dare i say it? "black".This was never something that bothered me but it obviously bothered quite a lot of expats who didn't feel comfortable with us.I have never been too crazy about being a member of the Golf Club,or the Yacht Club so I have only found out over the years what other expats actually thought of us.To this day I couldn't care less as I was raised to stand up for what I believe in and fortunately my family have never been racist.
At this point I do believe in PNG women and feel that they are the strength of the nation.If there was a PNG woman in my electorate that I could support to get her in to parliament,believe me,I would gladly do so but for women,uness you have no children and no spouse,politics is pretty much out of the picture.
Thank you for those of you who have voiced their support and I try to learn something from those of you who have criticism to make.Sometimes all I learn is that you are fools and from these boards I have learnt a lot about racism.
I hope that I can win Bulolo Open this year but if I don't I will still be here,doing what I can to help in small ways.