Privatising Land in the Pacific: A defence of customary tenures

by Jim Fingleton

A response to a series of papers authored mainly by Helen Hughes whose argument that customary land tenures are the principal cause of poverty in PNG, and that Australia should make its aid contingent upon changes, is influential in Government circles. This report argues that the proposed privatisation is based on wholesale confusion about the nature of land ownership in Pacific nations and reflects an ideological free-market approach to development.

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