Sir Julius Chan, the Governor of New Ireland Province of Papua New Guinea.

New Ireland Province of Papua New Guinea is Preparing to Become An Autonomous New Ireland



New Ireland Province of Papua New Guinea is Preparing to Become An Autonomous New Ireland.

We in New Ireland have watched as Papua New Guinea has sunk in the Index ratings from 75th in the world in 1977 to 155th in 2019. We have been passed by 80 countries in 42 years!! We have dropped further than any other nation in the history of the HDI ratings. Further than Zimbabwe. Further than Rwanda. Further than Cambodia. That is heart breaking. That is criminal. That is Disgusting. Why has this happened? It happens because we have national departments, national bureaucrats, who care more about attending workshops than they do about providing services for the people. More about lining their pockets than about improving the lives of the people. They hardly work at all. Enough! We in New Ireland are finished with the incompetence and arrogance and the total failure to deliver of the national bureaucracy. We do not need the national bureaucracy. We are able to make our own decisions, we are able to make our own plans, and we are able to implement those plans. And that is exactly what we have and what we will do. We have already shown that New Ireland is far more competent than the national level when it comes to actually implementing programmes that improve our peoples' lives. - Sir Julius Chan.

An Autonomous New Ireland of Papua New Guinea - Inventing the Future

New Ireland Provincial Government News | Grievance Debate Speech by Rt. Hon. Chief Sir Julius Chan GCL GCMG KBE PC MP - Governor for New Ireland in Parliament today | 25 February 2022.

"An Autonomous New Ireland - Inventing the Future"

George Santayana, a Spanish American philosopher, once said, "Those who do not learn

from History are condemned to repeat it....

In New Ireland, we have learned from history.

We have learned that if you want to provide free education for your children, if you want to give all children an equal opportunity to make something of themselves, you cannot wait on the National Government. You must do it yourself.

That is what we have done in New Ireland. That is why, way back in 2008, we introduced free and subsidized education five years before National Government. We have spent over K65 million - 65million on free and subsidised education from 2008 to 2019.

Indeed, it was the New Ireland example that finally forced National Government into doing what it should have done thirty years ago.

And we have provided our boarding students with rations three meals a day for all boarders. This has never been done before. We have spent over K15 million on rations for our students since 2012.

We provide subsidies of K2, 500 per year for all New Ireland students attending tertiary institutions. We provide K10, 000 per year to all undergraduates attending any overseas tertiary institution.

We have spent over K2m sending boys to Marist Ashgrove and girls to Stuart Holme in Brisbane. In New Ireland, we have learned from history.

We have learned if you want to provide dignity and respect to the elderly and the disabled, if you want to help those who have spent their lives working hard taking care of their families and villages, you cannot wait on the State. You must do it yourself.

In New Ireland, we introduced a pension for our elderly and our disabled in 2009.

We have provided pensions to over 120,000 people and spent nearly K50 million on our elderly and disabled in that time. No other province has done this. No other COUNTRY in the entire Pacific, and very few countries in the world, provide a payment to ALL their elderly.

In most countries you must be employed and covered by superannuation for at least ten years. In New Ireland even if you have worked in the garden all your life, every elder gets a payment.

Put together New Ireland has spent over K1.5 billion in government subsidy to our people from revenue generated from Lihir and Simberi. I must admit we are very fortunate to have these resources in our Province.

We have learned from history.

We have learned that if you want to provide a decent roof over the heads of all families, if you want to provide them with access to clean water for drinking and cooking, then you cannot wait on the National Government. You must, do it yourself. New Ireland has done that.

That is why, by the end of 2022 we will have spent over k5 million distributing over 35,000 sheets of kappa since 2011. And this is not only about shelter. It is about health, because when a family has a kappa roof they can collect clean rainwater for drinking.

That has reduced gastrointestinal disorders among children by nearly 75%. That has saved lives.

We have learned from history. And the primary thing we have learned from history is that we must take care of ourselves. New Ireland must take care of itself, Morobe must take care of itself, East Sepik must take care of itself, every Province must take care of itself because we cannot trust anyone from outside to take care of us.

We said it very clearly in the Malagan Declaration:

"We will strive to continually invent the future out of our imagination, rather than being victims of our past My friends, there comes a time in the history of a country when those with vision, those not afraid of hard work, those willing to sweat and toil, those who genuinely love their country and want it to realise its full potential must step forward.

There comes a time in the history of our country when we must honestly look at what has been done and admit it has not worked, it has been a failure.

We must admit that things have gone wrong, that the ship of state has failed to carry its people to the shore of the Promised Land.

There comes a time in the history of a country when those who love their country have the courage to say Enough of bad leadership, Enough of bad bureaucracy.

Enough of the naysayers who spend all their time finding ways to frustrate those who really want to make a difference."

"Enough! Enough corruption! Enough of incompetent leadership.

There comes a time when those who are committed to making life better for all the people, finally take control. For if we do not take control, no one else will.

My friends, this is the time! In New Ireland, we know we are at that point. And in New Ireland we are going to take control.

That is why we insist on Autonomy. We have shown for ten years and more that we know how to take care of ourselves. We have shown for over ten years that when we have the resources we use those resources for the good of our people.

We refuse to depend on a National Government that spends all its money on travel costs for officials who come out to our province, hire cars, stay in hotels, rent conference rooms and talk for two, three or five days, then fly back to Moresby having spent ten thousand or fifty thousand kina for expenses.

We have only one thing to say, Stop spending thousands on hotels. Give us the money and watch it go where it should go - into caring for our people, into payments to people, into benefits for THE PEOPLE!!

THAT is what we mean by Autonomy.

I want to say this very clearly: From this day forward we in New Ireland refuse to be the victims of a National Bureaucracy that has shown over and over again that it cannot deliver development and services to the people.

The national bureaucracy is supposed to work with the provinces, with the people. They are supposed to make the vision of Government real.

The truth is that they have totally failed. You think I am kidding?

Just look at the United Nations Human Development Index, an international measure of how well countries are doing in providing basic health, education and infrastructure services to their people.

We in New Ireland have watched as Papua New Guinea has sunk in the Index ratings from 75th in the world in 1977 to 155th in 2019. We have been passed by 80 countries in 42 years!! We have dropped further than any other nation in the history of the HDI ratings. Further than Zimbabwe.

Further than Rwanda. Further than Cambodia. That is heart breaking. That is criminal. That is Disgusting.

Why has this happened? It happens because we have national departments, national bureaucrats, who care more about attending workshops than they do about providing services for the people.

More about lining their pockets than about improving the lives of the people.

They hardly work at all.

Enough! We in New Ireland are finished with the incompetence and arrogance and the total failure to deliver of the national bureaucracy. We do not need the national bureaucracy.

We are able to make our own decisions, we are able to make our own plans, and we are able to implement those plans. And that is exactly what we have and what we will do.

We have already shown that New Ireland is far more competent than the national level when it comes to actually implementing programmes that improve our peoples' lives.

Sir Julius Chan.

Sir Julius Chan, the Governor of New Ireland Province of Papua New Guinea.
Sir Julius Chan, the Governor of New Ireland Province of Papua New Guinea.





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