CORRUPTION BECOMING MORE NOTICEABLE IN THE PACIFIC

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CANBERRA, Australia (September 16, 1997 - PACNEWS)---An Australian study says corruption in the Pacific Islands is embedded in a framework of inept government, mismanagement, and arbitrary decision making.

The discussion paper on Pacific corruption was produced by the Melanesia Project at the Australian National University in Canberra.

It says corruption is now more noticeable in the Pacific Islands region because of the growing effectiveness of ombudsmen, courts, auditors, and the media.

The paper noted that the timber industry in Melanesia is a spectacular example of comprehensive Pacific corruption, with a wholesale abuse of trusteeship by government officials, politicians, and lawyers.

The study also examined traditional gift-giving and bribery, concluding that it is possible to draw an effective distinction between the two.

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