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When did PNG last play a full test match?

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As a previous poster has mentioned what does the Australian Rugby League have to do with investing their stakeholders money in other Nations beyond goodwill.

That is the RLIF's obligation.

I agree with this to a certain extent but rather than the ARLC funding the development of the South Pacific nations directly maybe it could be done via the 16 NRL clubs.

What if each club were allocated a specific Island/area to develop talent via development officers/coaches/player clinics etc funded by monies from the TV deal. Clubs would benefit from players brought through from these channels, The Pacific Island nations would benefit from professional structures and defined pathways for youngsters to aspire to, whilst increasing the quality and number of players for their national sides - as long as the Aussies weren't allowed to claim them!

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This is complete nonsense. PNG child mortality rate has halved since the 1990s. Public expenditure on healthcare during that oeriod has increased significantly. Check unesco figures for improvements in literacy during that period. If you visited Port Moresby 20 years ago you would have noticed a significant difference. Currently PNG has once of the worlds fastest growing economies. Back then the economy was dominated by agriculture currently that sector has become the 3rd largest sector so all of that indicates major development has taken place.

All of the growth is from overseas mining companies, most of the royalties that PNG gets from this investment is lost in the system of corruption and cronyism.

From the Australian dept of foreign affairs.

The spectrum of Papua New Guinea society now ranges from traditional village-based life, dependent on subsistence and small cash-crop agriculture, to modern urban life in the main cities of Port Moresby (capital), Lae, Madang, Wewak, Goroka, Mt Hagen, and Rabaul. Some 85 per cent of the population directly derive their livelihood from farming, and 15 per cent of the population live in urban areas.

Papua New Guinea has a dual economy comprising a formal, corporate-based sector and a large informal sector where subsistence farming accounts for the bulk of economic activity. The formal sector provides a narrow employment base, consisting of workers engaged in mineral production, a relatively small manufacturing sector, public sector employees and service industries including finance, construction, transportation and utilities. The majority of the population is engaged in the informal sector.

We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Papua New Guinea because of the high levels of serious crime.

Crime is random and particularly prevalent in urban areas such as Port Moresby, Lae and Mt Hagen. Settlement areas of towns and cities are particularly dangerous. 'Bush knives' (machetes) and firearms are often used in assaults and thefts. Carjackings, assaults (including sexual assaults), bag snatching and robberies are common.

Local authorities have advised of a heightened risk of armed robbery and attack at well-attended shopping centres in urban areas, including Port Moresby.

Car-jacking and robbery can occur throughout Papua New Guinea at any time. Known high risk areas include the area around Parliament House in the Port Moresby suburb of Waigani, particularly outside of working hours, and along the highway between Lae and the Nadzab Airport, especially between Goroka and Kainantu. Criminals use roadblocks on roads outside of towns to stop and loot vehicles and then attack the occupants. If you intend to travel in these areas, exercise a high degree of caution and consider using a security escort.

Walking after dark is particularly dangerous in Port Moresby and other urban centres.Travel at night, if essential, should be made by car, with doors locked and windows up. You should also consider travelling in a convoy or with a security escort.Due to the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, victims of violent crime, especially rape, are strongly encouraged to seek immediate medical assistance.

It sounds like you may have some experience of PNG, DHW, have you been there?

A Test series there would be great, Moresby, Lae and Madang, maybe the travelling fans can be billeted in the shanties.

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