RD Tuna – A Local Perspective

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Since I am not a citizen of Papua New Guinea, it is appropriate that I be circumspect in my comments concerning national and local politics. Circumspect, but not silent.

I don’t want to dilute the importance of this message, so I’m going to forgo all of my usual ego stroking images and stifle the hot air.

There is no person in my acquaintance that likes RD Tuna. That doesn’t mean the sentiment is universal, it just means that I don’t know everybody – nowhere near everybody. The reasons for dislike vary widely, as you might expect. Most centre not on the idea of development, but rather the type of development that we should seek. Others question why local people have little or no say in these decisions that affect huge segments of our economy, culture and habitat. I covered this issue in The Pacific Marine Industrial Zone – Who Decided?

Jennifer Baing of The Coral Reef Alliance posted this on her Facebook page this morning. I commented that I would put it on Madang – Ples Bilong Mi.

If you’re not a resident of PNG, then it may seem of little interest. Take a few minutes anyway. If you think about the problems, you may find you have more at stake than you first imagined:

Thanks, Jennifer, for bringing this piece to our attention.

I’ll be back tomorrow with more of the same old claptrap.

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