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

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Date Posted: Mon, Sep 17 2007, 04:48:17pm
In reply to: - 's message, "Graum En Laip - Land is Life - photo exhibition" on Sat, Sep 15 2007, 04:28:59pm

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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