"We are paying tribute to each other, however some of us will return and MOST of us will not!" - Mr Bart Philemon speaking on the floor yesterday
Papua New Guinea’s most controversial Parliament has been dissolved for the National Elections.
Like the Greeks and French, Papua New Guineans are expected to punish most sitting Members of Parliament in the polls. However unlike the Europeans Papua New Guineans have almost consistently voted out non performing MPs only to have them replaced by another incompetent bunch of knuckle brains.
This begs the question: “if the elections are at the root of democratic government, is democracy failing Papua New Guineans?”
There are growing calls for political reform. Speaking during Media Freedom Day celebrations at Divine Word University, Bougainville President, John Momis called for greater autonomy of provinces.
Throughout Melanesia calls for political reform are gaining momentum. In Fiji, consultations are underway for a new Constitution. In Vanuatu, calls are being made for the Westminster system to be chucked out. It is glaringly obvious that the systems of government imposed by the colonizers on Melanesians have been a monumental failure.
No one will miss PNG’s Rogue Parliament of 2007-2012.
Papua New Guineans however are weary of the cunning tactics developed by this Rogue Parliament, being used again following the polls in June. Political reform is therefore imperative as a maintenance of the status quo will only perpetuate such gross abuses as witnessed in recent times.
Devolution of Powers to the Provinces will reduce the shocks of centralized government making rogue decisions as experienced recently. The new Parliament will have to change the status quo. It is not good enough to just undo the damage done by this Rogue Parliament, without undoing the mechanisms by which they were first created.
The new Parliament will have to seriously consider overhauling national order.