Mental health

Dear Editor – I heard over the national broadcaster’s National Radio Health Programme a couple of weeks past that a person’s mentality develops a healthy nation that is free from corruption, social crimes and violence of all kinds. In other words people should now develop human civilisation in reasoning matters out more especially on negative…

The draft federal constitution

Dear Editor – This is to let you in on some aspects of the draft federal constitution that may need greater consultation. The government is fast tracking the passage of this. Once it is passed we had it. Some areas that need revision impinge on our industry – the media and the role of the…

SI top notch reform – ADB report

Dear Editor – Front page publications on Wednesday this week by two leading papers (Islands Sun Issue: 2351 and Star No: 6343) on above are interesting. Interesting? I have seen same type of bold but almost meaningless statement before for over a decade. Note Dr Transform Aqorau’s argument “Aqurau: ADB missed the point” in the…

SIG imprest and abuse

Dear Editor – Your reporting on the above is interesting and I believe it sheds light on a wider problem – the systematic abuse of public office travel entitlements. If one does a simple calculation for the $459,000 per diem for 15 people for 14 days, even if spread over all of them they would…

Indonesia in West Papua

Dear Editor – I note that in the two opinion pieces in your paper by Indonesian diplomats at the Indonesian Embassies in Canberra and Brussel, they seem to try the blame the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) for all their problems on the issue of West Papua instead of looking at Jakarta’s policies…