It never stops...
Now there is an Australian mining company which wants to re-route a two kilometre section of the track so that it can conduct gold and copper mining in the area. It has obtained the support of the local people by offering to pay royalties which are said to be worth tens of millions of dollars over the life of the mine.
The locals have closed the track in protest over interference by the PNG and Australian governments, and the Orstrayan Kultcha Police are suddenly up in arms at what they say is tantamount to the desecration of sacred ground.
Excuse me ?!?
Didn't we always run roughshod over anyone else's rights whenever it came to the extraction of mineral resources? Didn't we even fight wars over mineral resources? Isn't that what the Iraq war was all about? Killing hundreds of thousands to gain a bit of an oil advantage. Didn't we turn a blind eye towards the Yanks when they installed Pinochet to safeguard American copper pillage in Chile? Pinochet killed three thousand of his own people so that AT&T's copper supply remained in "safe" hands.
Ah... but when it's about remembrance rituals regarding the deaths of 600 Diggers sixty-five years ago, then all of a sudden, all mining has to stop.
The message, once again, is very clear. Iraqis don't count. Chileans don't count. New Guineans don't count. Only Australians, Yanks and British count.
Makes ya proud to be Anglo-whatsit, don't it ???