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Subject: Graum En Laip - Land is Life - photo exhibition

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Date Posted: Sat, Sep 15 2007, 04:28:59pm

Following the success of the previous exhibition, a follow up exhibition will be held in Melbourne in early October.

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Australian aid threatening traditional landowners in PNG? Come and see for yourself. Following on from the success of the 2005 and 2006 ‘Graum En Laip - Land is Life’ speaking tour, AID/WATCH is pleased to present a powerful photography and multi media exhibition including works by PNG community campaigners. Witness the important role land plays in the life of the PNG people and the sometimes devastating impact of the development dollar on their lives. times

For anyone residing in Melbourne and interested in attending a "Land is Life" photo exhibition please visit the following site for details


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Date Posted: Mon, Sep 17 2007, 04:48:17pm

I know 'ground em life' to may in PNG and Enga but how can we have development if landowners demand compensation for every living thing on their land. How can we have bridges, classrooms, health centers, roads, power poles, telephone transmitters, etc. People must forgo some or at least a piece of their land in exchange for development.

Don't blame AusAid for any misendavours because I totally reject that. Ausaid and JICA are the only 2 donor agencies that put money into real development without demanding any return. Compare that with China, Malaysia and other Asian nations. They are here to plunder our resources in the forestry, fisheries and now nikel.

See beyond what meets the eye. We are previledged to have Australia as a friend. Australia is the greatest and the best friend PNG has, don't take it for granted.

Daddy Bless

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Date Posted: Mon, Sep 17 2007, 09:28:41pm

This issue is about customary land owners doing best to look at supplementing (rather than abolishing) their subsistence practices and maintaining (rather than alienating) their customary lands. (* Dr Tim Anderson).

Nor is this about losing a small amount of land in exchange for development, this is about land owners relinquishing large amounts of land for development, in the way of purchase or long term lease by groups of people from countries such as China, Malaysia, as you have mention, so that these private company can have access to the land for commercial interests for very little money in return to the land owners.


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Date Posted: Wed, Sep 19 2007, 02:19:10am

There are subtle and cleverly designed strategies to gradually alienate traditional land owners.

It may not become obvious at first. However, as time passes, the governments and foreigners once given a foothold, it's a pretty tough and losing battle to contain the flood of trickery and injustice that can be dished out to the land owners. It doesn't matter whether the land is in the coast or high up in the highlands.

PNGeans must NOT sell their lands to foreigners !!
Furthermore, Governments (of all levels) have proven to be poor custodians of common properties like land. They do weird things with land titles and records.

With "predatory lending" and other smart tactics, foreigners and other so-called financial institutions will corner the people into some disadvantageous and helpless positions and they will do their damage.

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