Now is the time for rebuilding - but only after the last bit of housekeeping is done.
The Moti disaster MUST be put to rest. Julian Moti, innocent or guilty has to end his hypocrisy and follow the true practices of law. To do this he must face the allegations against him. His effect on Pacific international relations has been devastating and certainly of no benefit to anyone but himself.
The Solomons will have a new government. Australia has a new government and despite what the ratbag Patrick O'Conner has to say, Australia could become the Solomon's best and most supportive alliance.
There is a wealth of experience and talented people in Australia willing to lend a hand, or "helpem fren". Being a resource-rich nation, Australia does not need the few remaining resources that remain in the Solomons and would much rather help in the recovery and development of these to get the Islands economy back on their feet.
And that is going to need the support of both governments. The people on both sides already want this.
All I ask is for the new Ministries is to think about their nation, not themselves. Resist the temptation to fly off on shopping sprees or whatever else is offered. The greed and corruption has to stop.
One more thing: The Matter of Police Commissioner Castles has to be tidied up. The Solomons lost a very good and dedicated man - replaced by a man who uses government patrol boats for his own pleasure, cancels all leave for his members then flits off to Figi for his annual leave when he hasn't even been there for a year to earn it!
Kahn's leadership by example is appalling. He should go.
The new Solomon government should seek - through RAMSI - not just support for policing but an expanded program for development of the nation. Best practices in transparent administration, project funding and control, protection of the nation's assets, in other words, a much broader base for support of the whole governing process.
Ratbags will claim this as colonialism but remember this: The Solomon people want RAMSI to stay and RAMSI has shown it will not tolerate any form of corruption, either within itself or within what it is asked to support. The Solomons government needs this now more than ever and right now is the time to do this.