Lyndon Megarrity reviews 'Playing the Game: Life and politics in Papua New Guinea' by Julius Chan

Lyndon Megarrity reviews 'Playing the Game: Life and politics in Papua New Guinea' by Julius Chan

Playing the Game: Life and politics in Papua New Guinea

by Julius Chan

University of Queensland Press $32.95 pb, 256 pp, 9780702253973

Papua New Guinea is so close to Australia, and yet so far away. We rarely hear about our near neighbour, unless there is a crisis reported in the media. Julius Chan's highly readable memoir should encourage more Australians to develop more curiosity about PNG, its complex history and multiple cultures.

Twice prime minister of Papua New Guinea (1980–82, 1994–97) and now governor of the province of New Ireland, Chan has been involved in politics since 1968. He has also pursued an energetic business career. As an author, he proves himself to be thoughtful and committed to both family and nation, with very definite views on leadership: 'If you work with me and I happen to be the captain, then you just have to do it the way I think is right and if you do not, the greatest thing about democracy is that you are free to go.'

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Published in May 2016, no. 381
Lyndon Megarrity

Lyndon Megarrity

Lyndon Megarrity is a Queensland historian and tertiary teacher. He is the author of Northern Dreams: The Politics of Northern Development in Australia (2018).

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