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Make a difference - Oz parliamentary inquiry into PNG wants submissions

June 5 2009 at 2:42 PM
Anonymous 

The Australian Senate is holding an inquiry into "The economic and security challenges facing Papua New Guinea and the island states of the southwest Pacific"

Senator Mark Bishop, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, announced today that the committee is to inquire into the major economic and security challenges facing Papua New Guinea and the island states of the southwest Pacific.

This inquiry comes at a time when Australia is looking for opportunities to help countries in this region build a more secure and economically viable future.

The committee is seeking views from people who have an understanding of the major challenges facing these countries. The committee is particularly interested in hearing from businesses and organisations actively engaged in the region that, based on their experiences, are well placed to offer suggestions on how Australia can, in concrete and practical ways, assist these countries overcome economic difficulties.

In considering the security and economic challenges, the committee is to include an examination of:

* employment opportunities, labour mobility, education and skilling;
* barriers to trade, foreign investment, economic infrastructure, land ownership and private sector development; and
* current regional organisations such as the Pacific Islands Forum and the Secretariat of Pacific Community.

The committee has extended the closing date for submissions to Friday, 17 October 2008.


Details here -

http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/FADT_CTTE/swpacific/index.htm

Anyone with an interest is helping solve some of PNG's problems should make a submission to this inquiry. I think we have a better chance of getting action out of the Australian Government than PNGs!

 
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Anonymous

How about a web-based approach to a submission?

June 5 2009, 3:27 PM 

Here's a radical suggestion.

Why can't the intelligent people on this board pool their ideas using PNGScape? We can then get a consensus on the main points that could go into a submission. I don't mind coordinating the responses and drafting a submission. But this would only work if people take this seriously and are prepared to share emails etc.

Any sapotas?

 
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Anonymous

Re: How about a web-based approach to a submission?

June 5 2009, 3:52 PM 

Have a look at some of the submissions and transcripts of the public hearings. There's lots of good material in there and some good ideas, but almost all from expat. academics and businesspeople. Nothing really from a grassroots PNG level.

 
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let the aussies straighten us out?

Re: Make a difference - Oz parliamentary inquiry into PNG wants submissions

June 7 2009, 1:57 AM 

This is ridiculous that once again we expect foreigners to do all the investigators and get us out of the pig pits that we've fallen into and dug for ourselves in the first place.

 
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Anonymous

Here's one for Australia !!!

June 7 2009, 7:43 PM 

How can Australia overlook its issues and think about Southwest Pacific for starters - Australia will let China take control of its natural resources and the Indigineous Community of Australia needs attention ! So what about Pacific ? Is it another coverup scheme to collect valuable information for its intelligence network? PNG will soon start to compete with Australia on the international markets and Australia may use such forums to underpin our capabilities.

 
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Anonymous

Re: Here's one for Australia !!!

June 7 2009, 10:54 PM 

Tok indai pinis

" ... The committee has extended the closing date for submissions to Friday, 17 October 2008..."

 
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Da Man

Re: Here's one for Australia !!!

June 8 2009, 4:16 AM 

We're all too dumb, stupid and ignorant to respond.

 
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