About 500 people attended the start of this week’s industry lobby group organised 2 day festival at the Gateway Hotel celebrating the work of the exploiters in PNG.
At least 90% of the participants on day one were white and male – which gives you a good idea of who is making money out of PNG minerals.
A few government people attended but where were the indigenous landowners, where were the women, where were the indigenous mine workers?
They, of course, cant afford the K1,400 registration fee on top of the expensive Port Moresby accommodation and airfairs.
It is the meeting of all the Devils in PNG to discussed their success in exploiting and cheating the locals.
Ila Temu, from Barrick Gold and President of Chamber of Mines and Petroleum told the seminar he and the Chamber are totally against any change in the ownership of minerals from the State to Landowners – said it would be unworkable – what is needed instead is better landowner and government managment of landowner and government benefits.
Of course he would say that! If the landowners had a say the foreign exploiters (miners) wouldn’t get given all the minerals for FREE when they get their mining licence. Much easier to fool a few government officials in Port Moresby than have to deal with savvy people who live on and from the land.
Ok Tedi boss was next up on the pondium. Telling how fabulous Ok Tedi has been for PNG – and what an amazing feat it was to build a mine there. Not one mention of being the worst mining environmental disaster in the world. Oh – and they are really working on a tailings dump for an extended mine life – working on it!
How fracking long have they had to work on it? 35 years so far.
He also talked about the confidence the “mining fraternity” has in PNG….. and, pass the sick bucket, OK Tedi and its new era of Social Responsibility……. It’s like union carbide giving grameen bank microloans!!! Wonder how all those old white men would have reacted had they been told it was Ok Tedi water they were drinking from their table pitchers….
The President of the Chamber of Mines and Petroleum also said how fabulous the mining industry has been in giving jobs to women ? Really ??? Really ??? Well they weren’t visible at the Seminar – unless he was referring to the waitresses pouring the water!!!
Oh sorry – you’ve given a few truck driving jobs and a couple of apprenticeships to females. Good for you. There he was in a men only meeting and talking of the acceptance of women in the mining industry!!!!!
All the rest of the talk was of course about $$$$$ – which is the real reason the mining industry exists in PNG, to make money for neo-colonial exploiters, the new super-powers of the 21st century, global mining and petroleum companies.
Of course there was nothing about how local people in PNG are being screwed by their own political leaders, their so call intellectuals living in urban ares and also the few money hungry locals living like wolves among the sheep in individual project area who think of no one else but themselves…..