Building a Nation in Papua New Guinea: Views of the by David Kavanamur, Charles Yala, Quinton Clements

By David Kavanamur, Charles Yala, Quinton Clements

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A number of questions arise from the foregoing contentions: why should an outsider provide the diagnosis when we have equally qualified people on the ground to provide such assessment and help liberate us from the prevailing, generated definitions of our past, present and future? If it were true, why are Papua New Guineans silent about such a frightful malignancy which intrudes and invades the fabric of our society? If, as many people like to argue, conscience and morals are higher than politics, why haven’t we begun a process of recovery and rehabilitation to steer out of this social and political nightmare?

DEMOCRATIC AUDIT The idea of a democratic audit originated with Trevor Smith and the Democracy Committee of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. It was seen to be a viable method for providing a systematic outline on the state of democracy in the United Kingdom. How democratic were we actually? Providing an authoritative answer to this question, through a systematic audit of democracy, could serve to demonstrate if, and how far, these concerns were justified and help identify where reform might most be needed.

If artists and writers sharpen their vision and write about the many issues that confront ourselves, our country, our women, we can bring some sense to those who are in positions of power and those who are not able to tell and see the trouble the country is heading towards. Artists are never alone; they have a collective responsibility in their communities. They are seers and visionaries. There are of course a few that go astray like the character of Doboro Thomas in Russell Soaba’s novel Maiba (1985).

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