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A CANBERRA VIEW OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN NEW GUINEA

A CANBERRA VIEW OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN NEW GUINEA A CANBERRA VIEW OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN NEW GUINEA R. G. CROCOMBE Australian National University New Guinea Research Unit, Port Moresby Mr. Gutman’s article on economic development in New Guinea in the December 1966 issue of this Journal (Vol. 10 (2), pp. 128-41) contains many value judgements which I find difficult to agree with, but as they are matters of personal opinion they are not subject to veri- fication. There are, however, a number of statements of fact which are quite incorrect. The introductory paragraph states that the article gives a closer examination of three problems (land tenure, wage policy and planning machinery). My own interests and those of this journal are closest to the first of the three problems and I would like to illustrate the deficiencies of the article by reference to the first two paragraphs on the subject of land tenure (p. 135). The land section begins by stating that “more than 99 per cent of the total area is under native ownership”. This means that the proportion of alienated land is less than one per cent, but the latest published reports by the Department of Territories show that of a total area of 55,104,000 acres http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Australian Journal of Agricultural Resource Economics Wiley

A CANBERRA VIEW OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN NEW GUINEA

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1967 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
1364-985X
eISSN
1467-8489
DOI
10.1111/j.1467-8489.1967.tb00041.x
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Abstract

A CANBERRA VIEW OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN NEW GUINEA R. G. CROCOMBE Australian National University New Guinea Research Unit, Port Moresby Mr. Gutman’s article on economic development in New Guinea in the December 1966 issue of this Journal (Vol. 10 (2), pp. 128-41) contains many value judgements which I find difficult to agree with, but as they are matters of personal opinion they are not subject to veri- fication. There are, however, a number of statements of fact which are quite incorrect. The introductory paragraph states that the article gives a closer examination of three problems (land tenure, wage policy and planning machinery). My own interests and those of this journal are closest to the first of the three problems and I would like to illustrate the deficiencies of the article by reference to the first two paragraphs on the subject of land tenure (p. 135). The land section begins by stating that “more than 99 per cent of the total area is under native ownership”. This means that the proportion of alienated land is less than one per cent, but the latest published reports by the Department of Territories show that of a total area of 55,104,000 acres

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The Australian Journal of Agricultural Resource EconomicsWiley

Published: Dec 1, 1967

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