From PAUL OATES
Can someone please direct Mr Benny Allan, Papua New Guinea's Minister for Environment and Conservation to how many other countries are successfully able to develop their natural resources and still protect their environment.
It doesn't take much to learn from others if you are able and willing to understand what the issues are.
Could someone please take Gov Luther Wenge aside and point out what he said in Parliament will be his political epitaph when people realise what he has actively supported this law with statements like:
"I urge the people and leaders alike to put our personal and political interests aside. " and,
"As I speak I am very mindful of the Rai Coast people where a lot of them are going to be affected." and finally,
"I hope the Government, in the coming days will make sure that the interest of the landowners will be catered for."
Will someone explain to Mr John Luke about such 'mundane' things as his people's own food chain when he says, "I know, maybe, down at the bottom of the sea a few worms will suffer but compare that with the damage that they will do on the land, if they have to dispose the tailings there. "
Finally, could some kind soul explain to the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Jeffery Nape, the correct procedures for ensuring there is full and open debate and how to conduct a proper and impartial vote on such an important issue.
All those who are prepared to speak about a Bill should be allowed to debate it before it is read a third time and becomes law.
On the heads of these men and their government backers now lies the future of their people's health and well being.
Clearly they have given this an immense amount of consideration before they supported this change in their country's legislation.
I wonder will PNG voters give a lot more thought to this travesty of parliamentary principles and political integrity when next they vote?