19 Sep 2003

Melanesian Solidarity spokesman says Ausaid carries some responsibility for PNG's problems

10:55 am on 19 September 2003

Powes Parkop is a lawyer in Papua New Guinea and heads the group, Melanesian Solidarity.

He says Australia's decision to bring in officials won't make any difference to the country's economy.

"Australia have been here all this time - since independence. up to now they have had a lot of influence on government policy and programmes and funding, so if government policy is not working, Ausaid is partly to blame."