The Sepik Solution

October 23, 2009 at 5:22 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Keram River

Keram River

It has come to my notice that a prominent East Sepik Province businessman, Mr Peter Johnson, C.B.E., has approached the Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, for authorization to offer his estate, Yip, on the Keram River, to the Australian Prime Minister, Mr Kevin Rudd as a haven for asylum seekers on their way to Australia.

He is just awaiting Sir Michael’s approval and the OK from Mr Rudd to embark on a massive building program to accommodate the refugees.

It has been further speculated that Mr John Pasquarelli is considering a return to the Sepik to manage the Yip establishment. Senator Barnaby Joyce is said to be enthusiastic about the Yip idea and of Mr Pasquarelli running it.

Mr Pasquarelli sees himself as an Australian with courage “to become  [a flag-bearer] in these challenging times.”

In this brilliant concept there would be winners everywhere: Christmas Island will not become overcrowded. The Australian navy would benefit by improving their navigational skills by collecting refugees wherever and shipping them up the Sepik and Keram Rivers. The asylum seekers would be well-housed in the palatial accommodation planned by Mr Johnson and managed by Mr Pasquarelli. PNG would get wanted revenue. Mr Rudd would stop the boats coming to Australia and would not be embarrassed by adopting a Pacific Solution, for this would be the Sepik Solution. In accordance with United Nations regulations, Mr Pasquarelli promises a quick turnover of the bona fides of the asylum seekers – good looking females, of course – will be given preferential treatment, which is only fair, given we are thinking of future generations in Australia.

So, my advice to you, Mr Rudd, would be, take it, for: On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures.”



  1. Mtx said,

    That’s lateral thinking for you. And thanks for the quote. Is that from The Tempest?

    • David Wall said,

      “There is a tide in the affairs of men.
      Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
      Omitted, all the voyage of their life
      Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
      On such a full sea are we now afloat,
      And we must take the current when it serves,
      Or lose our ventures.”
      Julius Caesar Act 4, scene 3, 218–224

  2. Antony Ruhan said,

    Linguists say that about 800 different languages are spoken in PNG, a sign of cultural differences. Introducing Tamil speaking Sri Lankans to PNG will only add more differences to a country with enough already.

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