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Date Posted: Wed, May 16 2007, 12:04:00pm
I agree with all the points you guys have made regarding the ruling party. Very impressive list... NA happened to have stepped in at the right time to ride high on Sir Mekere's hardwork.
When Sir Mekere passed all the reforms, he had all the criticism from political rivals and even ordinary people. His un-popular decisions voted his party out in 2002 General Elections. Even though those decision like, the Banks and Financial Institutions act, the Central Banking Act, Political Parties Integrity Act and the privatisation of PNGBC, were un-popular, he stuck by his guns because he was and is still the visionary leader Papua New Guinea needs.
NA stepped in to get the glory from those reforms. As a result of the reforms, Banks have operated more profitably and are extending to other remote ares, for instance, ANZ was based in major centres but now it has taken its operation to some provinces. Foreign Reserve levels were record high for PNG because of good commodity process and the Central Bank independence. For the first time in the history of PNG, there was no vote-of-no-confidence.
Fiscal discipline filters to the society as a whole, ir affects Foreign Exchange Reserves and consequently exchange rate, it also affect the small people. This government was running high on huge mineral tax collected from mining and petroleum companies as a result of huge revenue to to high international prices. As a result, government spendings have been contained. They continuosly were running budget surpluses, not primarily due to fiscal discipline, it was due the the huge windfall from Mineral taxes.
I salute Bart Philemon, who was also a visionary Treasury minister. Because of his vision, he start the Disctrict Roll-out program, which has seen postal and telecommunication, banking and treasury services being brought right down to the districts where the people are. Now someone can call from Laiagam and not waste bus fare and take the risk travelling to Wabag. I salute Bart for his initiative.
If you talk about NA.. SOmare has been fighting a lone battle to discredit Australia. Many people said, Sir Mekere's reform agenda's favor Australia, IMF and the World Bank. They were wrong as results have proven. We are living in a global village and we need to think globally and act locally. If we think and act locally, we will never make it anywhere. Each country needs each other to push them forward in their development agenda's. I am raising this point because, when senior Somare was asked to remove his shoe in Brisbane, he felt his pride being defeated. He was looking for ways to get even with Australia. He did get his chance when Moti was escaping from prosecution for molesting a child in Vanuatu. Somare assisted a child molester and a phedaphile to escape prosecution just to get even with Australi.
Somare is childish and cant manage this country. If he had stepped aside to let a young Papua New Guinean lead the party to the 2007 elections, then they would stand a chance. By the way it looks the old man has grabbed hold of power and cant let go, only death can do him apart with power.
My vote does not go to NA, i feel sorry for Don Polye, a first time parliamentarian, becoming the Deputy Prime minister. I hold high regard for him and i sure hope all Kandepens see this and show it in the ballot papers.
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