Now, if Chris Brown had to divert his tour from Australia to PNG, would our immigration department do the same as their Australian counterpart by refusing to grant Chris Brown a visa?

Unlikely to tour Australia

Last Saturday night, PNG Prime Minister’s XIII played their Australian counterparts in a rugby league match at Port Moresby’s premier sporting facility, the Sir John Guise Stadium.  It is believed that the match is funded by the Australian Government and the sole reason of this match is to associate it with a community message which is to reduce gender based violence.  If there are any statistics available, roughly how much of that reduction (if any) is attributed or is a result of this match?

It’s hard to tell given that Papua New Guinea is very bad at holding onto or creating any meaningful statistics when it comes issues that affect the community.  There’s not much reliability in the information that is available despite the availability of modern technology to gather and process data.
The question of the effectiveness of this match in so far as sending the message out was highlighted by social media blogger

Awayang Namorong:

My view is that rugby league is a game associated with violence on and off field such that one wonders the rationale of…

Posted by Awayang Namorong on Saturday, 26 September 2015


How many of those that actually attend actually understand the meaning of the match even before kick-off?  If there was a survey held at the entrance to the Stadium for all ticket holders to answer a simple question about the purpose of the match how many would pass it and how many would fail?

While the match has high entertainment value given Papua New Guineans love for rugby league and Australia’s National Rugby League, does the match actually serve its purpose?  Again, there isn’t much statistics available to confirm whether it does or not but it’s fair to say that battling gender based violence is certainly a very difficult task in a sport that’s male dominated and has a far higher rate of violent incidents when compared to other sporting codes in the country.

Australia has recently banned US singer Chris Brown from entering Australia.  The Immigration Department has made it known that it will not grant the RnB star a visa for his Australian tour because of his previous indiscretions.  That’s a very strong stance in getting the message across that Australia does not tolerate such behaviour despite how big or popular the celebrity is.

Now, if Chris Brown had to divert his tour from Australia to PNG, would our immigration department do the same as their Australian counterpart by refusing to grant Chris Brown a visa?  Or would it simply separate itself from Australia and issue a visa?  Without justifying its decision (if it were to make one) you can see that there are two sides to consider: the entertainment value and the community responsibility message.  The former would make decision makers popular at the expense of the latter.  But if they were to opt for latter, how much of that message would actually be instilled in those that are prone to increasing or reducing the very statistics that is of concern?

We would like to know whether the rugby league match has contributed to a decrease is gender based violence.  If so, by how much?  How much since the match was first played.




  1. I for one do not know think about the message was understood by the vast majority of the spectaors and non spectators alike. It was just another football match, nothing else.

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