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Friday, 17 November


Bad behaviour of officials tarnishes B/ville referendum consultation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A Bougainville referendum team meets with villagers
Bougainville referendum team meets with villagers


ARAWA Inside the Department of Bougainville Peace Agreement and Implementation there is a dedicated unit entitled the Referendum Directorate.

Since early September the Directorate has been rolling out a public consultation process throughout Bougainville on matters the Bougainville Peace Agreement was silent or unclear on.

But for a few team members, heartache is all they endured. Let me explain

So many commentators on Bougainville affairs say Bougainville has the right climate for corruption. If so, then corruption is practiced beyond sight of and with ignorance amongst the people of Bougainville and the Bougainville government itself.

The consultation began in Buin on 21 September (a Thursday). The public and a number of stakeholders came to Nigeriai Guesthouse at Turiboiru Catholic Mission to offer their views on the coming Bougainville referendum.

Their outstanding concerns included referendum voter entitlement, voter rolls, voting age, what would be the question and the post-referendum transition things like timeframe, security issues, fiscal capacity and administrative arrangements.

These matters are serious things for Bougainvilles future and for the people. But when you watched the public servants performing this task, there seemed to be a conflict of interest.

On the Friday, the team visited the public servants of the Siwai District and later went back to Buin. Then on Saturday, they went raising public awareness at Buin Market. But before the mornings proceedings began, there was already alcohol available in one of the two vehicles.

With the market awareness done, the team went on to watch the Rugby 7s tournament at the Buin Secondary School. This arrangements did not work out, so a few team members went on a drinking spree.

Alcohol now took over one of the hired vehicles. It changed hands late into the night. Even people not part of the team had a share of the...


Kumuls need to keep down error count to challenge England "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Josh Hodgson and James Segeyaro (Gregg Porteous & David Buller)
Josh Hodgson & James Segeyaro


England v Papua New Guinea, Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Sunday 4pm AEDT

MELBOURNE - England face an undefeated Papua New Guinea side who venture outside Port Moresby for the first time in this Rugby League World Cup.

Wayne Bennett's England side has shown patches of what they are capable of, without yet putting in an 80-minute performance, with victories over France (36-6) and Lebanon (29-10).

The Kumuls come to Melbourne after accounting for Wales, Ireland and the USA by a combined 128-12.

The English get Sam Burgess back who returns from a knee injury and will start in the second row, with Ryan Hall and Kallum Watkins replacing Stefan Ratchford and Mark Percival in the backline.

Gareth Widdop retains his spot at fullback, while Kevin Brown and Luke Gale remain in the halves. Elliott Whitehead comes back into the back row and Josh Hodgson starts in place of James Roby who drops to the bench.

PNG coach Michael Marum has made minimal changes. Ase Boas comes in for Lachlan Lam at five-eighth, while Stanton Albert and Rod Griffin are on the bench for Nixon Putt and Enock Maki respectively.

Why England can win

They've started well in all three games so far and, apart from their opener Australia, have overcome their opponents through an influx of first-half points.

Their defence has also held up against the best the Kangaroos could only manage three tries and Bennett will have them primed for a better performance coming into the knockout rounds.

Why PNG can win

The Kumuls are riding the wave of their success in the pool stages. Skipper David Mead has led the way with four tries this tournament and will be keen to add to his tally tomorrow.

Many of these players have been together for a long time when you factor in the PNG Hunters' success in the Queensla...


Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A remarkable situation has developed over the Manus Island stand-off Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has opened the door to a potential refugee resettlement deal between Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, acknowledging it is a decision for the two sovereign states that Australia could not block. But he warned any arrangement would be against Australias wishes and []

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Armidale, Australia : Shopping Center Intervention in Solidarity with Refugees on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

November 13th: People in So-Called Armidale, NSW, staged interventions in the towns commercial hubs during peak afternoon shopping hours, using a megaphone to project statements and extracts of articles from Iranian refugee, Behrouz Boochani, who has been detained on Manus Island since 2014.

While hundreds of men are facing starvation, thirst and threats of violence on Manus Island, the interventions disrupted the everyday monotony and insulation of our daily routines. These actions aimed to amplify the voices of refugees that are silenced, distorted and disregarded in our society.

In solidarity with refugees in their fight for total freedom.

In German


Action for Manus Island refugees Sunday 19 November, 1pm @ Aotea Square "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Jacinda Ardern announced today that it could take up to 5 months to come to a deal with Australia to take 150 of the 600 men stranded on Manus whilst the Australian government has effectively abandoned them, demolishing parts of the detention center and cutting off water, power and food supplies in a situation the UNHCR describes as "desperate".

We demand that our new government negotiates directly with the Papua New Guinea government to BRING THEM HERE.

Please join us on Sunday @ 1pm at Aotea Square & lets lift our voices for peace & justice. Please share the Facebook event with your friends & family.

Cant make it on Sunday?

There is plenty you can do. Here are four ways you can take action on this urgent issue:

1: Sign & share the petition demanding the NZ Government #BringThemHere on Facebook or Twitter, and forward this email to a friend.

2: Tweet at our PM @jacindaardern and/or Immigration Minister @IainLG and/or @TurnbullMalcolm here are a couple of suggested tweets:

Hundreds of refugees on Manus in desperate situation. @TurnbullMalcolm needs to evacuate now. We need to bring them here @jacindaardern @iainLG

Refugees on Manus Island in danger as detention centre shuts. We need to urgently #BringThemHere! #RefugeesWelcome @jacindaardern @IainLG @TurnbullMalcolm

3: Call or email your MP, Jacinda Ardern and Iain Lees-Galloway directly: jacinda.ardern / 04 817 9370 & iain.lees-galloway / 04 817 6967

4: Send a message of solidarity directly to refugees on Manus & let them know we stand with them and want them here. Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani is being held on Manus & is reporting the situation there tweet at him @BehrouzBoochani or use #BringThemHere

Thanks for taking action today!

Auckland Peace Action


Protest for Manus: Dutton blusters as Manus defies the siege "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Refugee Action Coalition Media Release Media Release Emergency rally: still no safe settlement as Manus defies the siege Despite constant claims from the Prime Minister and Immigration Minister that new relocation areas are safe and ready, photos from West Lorengau on Manus Island show that the area is still a construction site. Duttons claim that

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Overcoming neoliberalism: Sally McManus tries to 'Change the Rules' "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Overcoming neoliberalism: Sally McManus tries to 'Change the Rules'With the ACTU's new 'Change the Rules' campaign, Sally McManus is playing the long game, says Jay Goodall. read now...


Solidaritas Untuk Papua (Barat) Merdeka (Salatiga) / Salatiga, Indonesia: Demo in Solidarity with West Papua Struggle "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


*Scroll down for English translation*

15 November 2017, Salatiga (Jawa Tengah)

Solidaritas antar berbagai aliansi termasuk diantaranya Federasi Mahasiswa Libertarian (FML), Aliansi Mahasiswa Papua (AMP) terjadi di kota kecil Salatiga, tepatnya di Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana. Solidaritas ini merupakan seruan dari KNPB (Komite Nasional Papua Barat) dalam skala nasional untuk menekan pemerintah Indonesia agar memberikan hak untuk menentukan pilihan bangsa Papua Barat. Dalam hal ini, kaum anarkis dan libertarian, membatasi solidaritasnya dalam bentuk otonomi bangsa Papua Barat dan bukannya disintergrasi yang akan menciptakan negara baru lagi.


Solidarity between various alliances including Libertarian Student Federation (FML), Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) in the small town of Salatiga, at the Satya Wacana Christian University. This solidarity is a nationwide call from the KNPB (National Committee of West Papua) in order to give pressure to the Indonesian government to give rights to West Papuan independence and autonomy. In this case, anarchists and libertarians limited their solidarity for the full autonomy and freedom of West Papua from Indonesian state and not supporting the creation of West Papua as a nation-state.


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Australian government commits to building an undersea telco cable to Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull and the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter ONeill have announced they will be working together to lay a new undersea high speed telecommunications cable from Australia to Port Moresby. The move is expected to contribute to closer economic integration between the two neighbouring countries.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) and Prime Minister Peter ONeill (R) Source: ABC

Australia is offering to deliver and majority fund the undersea cable, with a financial co-contribution from Papua New Guinea. The Australian government is in discussions with an experienced Australian telecommunications infrastructure specialist.

An underseas cable to replace the existing ageing APNG-2 cable at Port Moresbys Ela Beach has been badly needed for some time, both to deal with PNGs growing internet traffic and to provide redundancy for PNGs only other international gateway, PPC-1, sited in Madang.

The Australian government has also been having close discussions with the Solomon Islands Government about laying a similar undersea cable from Australia to Honiara.

Welcome development

Jonathan Pryke, Director of the Lowy Institutes Pacific Islands Program estimates that the cost is likely to be about US$100 million (K321 million) for a 3000-kilometre cable between Port Moresby and Sydney.

He says the move is a very welcome development that will be a big positive for business in PNG.

It was getting to the point where the private sector was talking about chipping in themselves.

The private sector must be very happy to finally see this actually get done. There has been discussion about this cable for so long.

There have been various funding options on the table. The World Bank at one stage put up a loan opportunity and China was sniffing around as well.



14 ministers in new Solomon Islands Government sworn in "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela has named his cabinet Ministers after he was sworn into office.

14 cabinet ministers in his Government took their oath of office Thursday.

Prime Minister Houenipwela and other senior Government officials witnessed the swearing-in ceremony at Government House in Honiara.

They are:

1. Manasseh Sogavare, MP, as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance and Treasury;

2. John Maneniaru, MP, as the Minister for Fisheries & Marine Resources;

3. Peter Shanel Agovaka, MP, as the Minister for Communications and Aviation;

4. John Dean Kuku, MP, as the Minister for Education and Human Resources Development;

5. Jimson Fiau Tanagada, MP, as the Minister for Home Affairs;

6. Bradley Tovosia, MP, as the Minister for Mines and Energy;

7. Freda Tuki, MP, as the Minister for Women, Youth & Children Affairs;

8. Moses Garu, MP, as the Minister for Police & National Security;

9. Andrew Manepora, MP, as the Minister for Lands and Housing;

10. Bartholomew Parapolo, MP, as the Minister for Culture & Tourism;

11. Samuel Manetoali, MP, as the Minister for Forestry and Research;

12. Nestor Ghiro, MP, as the Minister for Provincial Government and Institutional Strengthening;

13. Dr Culwick Togamana, MP, as the Minister for Environment & Conservation;

14. Connelly Sandakabatu, MP, as the Minister for Public Service.

The remaining ministers are expected to take their oath of office and oath of allegiance today.



As climate disasters surge, world puzzles over who will pay "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

After a year when powerful hurricanes, floods, droughts and fires have racked up hundreds of billions of dollars in damage in countries from the United States to Bangladesh, you might think their leaders would be looking desperately to the U.N. climate talks for new ways to cover those costs.

Youd be wrong - at least when it comes to the richer countries and the formal process that aims to do that.

A mechanism aimed at putting in place ways to help poor countries hit by growing loss and damage from climate change to foot the rising bill was first agreed by rich and poor nations at the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw in 2013.

Its backers have suggested a range of innovative ideas to raise cash from a tiny tax on each stock trade and other financial transactions, to a levy on airplane flights. But richer countries, so far, have blocked action in moving ahead on any of them at the conference this week in Bonn, hosted by Fiji.

There was hope the Fiji (meeting) would be more willing to move forward given the scale of the potential losses low-lying Pacific islands face from storms and sea level rise, said Sven Harmeling, CARE Internationals climate change advocacy coordinator.

But theres no real move to discuss the financial instruments we need, he said. Theyre not even willing to start the discussion.

Instead, so far, countries are looking to a single solution to fill the gap: insurance policies.

Insurance can and is helping poor countries and communities lower their risks from climate disasters. But it cannot work in every situation, experts say.

Slow-moving crises, such as sea level rise, are nearly impossible to insure. Insurance payouts can provide effective help for big, sudden disasters a powerful hurricane or flood but arent so effective at helping out with the increasing drumbeat of smaller but accumulating everyday losses.

And what happens when disasters come so frequently, and at such cost, that they are no longer insurable? Thats a worry, experts working on loss and damage issues say.

These disasters are eroding whatever development gains weve made, said Harjeet Singh, who leads climate policy work for aid agency ActionAid. People cant stay safe. Before they cope with one disaster, another one hits them harder.

And thats not just in poor countries, he said. Even the United States this year has been slammed by hurricane damage, flooding and runaway forest fires. The costs of Hurricane Harvey alone could reach as much as $190 billion, U.S. agencies estimate.

Loss and damage will not be limited to developing countries, Singh said. New ways of dealing with losses, including taxes, are needed equally for developed countries. Its in everyones interest.


Tonga boilover has Samoa believing they can eliminate Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Prop Sam Tagataese says Tonga's landmark victory over New Zealand on Saturday has given Samoa the belief they can cause the upset of the century by eliminating holders Australia from the World Cup this Friday.

The first quarter final, at Darwin's TIO Stadium, is regarded as little more than a formality with the Australians having only conceded 10 points for the entire tournament while Toa Samoa are yet to win a game.

But Cronulla's Tagataese said tier two nations no longer saw the big three of Australia, England and New Zealand as unbeatable.

"It grows confidence and encourages a lot of the other players around Australia and New Zealand Pacific boys to strive and play for their countries or their parents' country of birth," the 30-year-old said.

"I thought it was great that Tonga won. Hopefully they do well and hopefully we can do something special too against the Aussies on Friday."

Another Samoan, Josh Papalii, said while his team did not watch the Hamilton epic live on TV, there was jubilation when the result came through.

"Hearing that result, the boys were pretty buzzed up about that," said Papalii.

"Finding out we had Australia on Friday, we were definitely keen to have a good game on Friday and hopefully win."

According to Samoa's assistant coach Sean Long, the secret to an upset is not trick shots or surprising the champions with left-field tactics.

"I think quite a few teams have probably tried that in the past," Long said after a crocodile 'chose' Samoa as winners by snaffling a pork chop hanging from their logo over one dangling from the Australia coat of arms.

"We've just got to go out there and start enjoying it a little bit more. I think there's been a lot of lads getting a bit frustrated it's not been going the right way for us.

"We need to go out there and start enjoying the footy again.

"That gets you in a good place. As long as they're working hard for each other, that's the battle really."

Tagataese added: "If you look at all our games, it's just completions. We're probably last in completions, can't really hold onto the ball.

"Whatever team you're playing for, how good you are, if you're completing at 30 per cent, you can't win a game."



Fiji Bati boosted with funding "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

THE Vodafone Fiji Bati campaign at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Australia has been further boosted with a $129,000 funding from the Government through the Fiji National Sports Commission.

This was revealed by the Fiji National Rugby League after the first payment under the grant was received yesterday from the Commission's executive chairman, Peter Mazey.

FNRL chairman Filimoni Vosarogo said the grant would go towards the payment of players' weekly allowances as agreed to by the FNRL and the Fiji Bati players and management.

"Contrary to international media report, it is not the National Rugby League (NRL) that tops up the Fiji Bati players' allowances by an extra $AUD70 ($FJ 109.65), but it is the FNRL through commercial sponsors and the Fijian Government grant through the Fiji National Sports Commission that does the extra payment to make it a $AUD100 ($FJ156.60) per day payment to each of our players and staff."

He said after the team qualified for the quarter-finals, the players' allowances had increased to $AUD150 ($FJ235).

"RLWC Ltd still pays the players $AUD30 and FNRL pays the remaining $AUD120 ($FJ187.83). It is something that is intended to take care of players' welfare in camp and helps with families to an extent.

"They are performing well for the country and we are all pleased to have the Fiji National Sports Commission extend funds to ensure that our Bati are getting some form of allowance at this critical time of the tournament.

"FNRL acknowledges the support of Vodafone Fiji Ltd, Fiji National Sports Commission, Pacific Energy, Asco Motors Ltd, FIJI Water, The Fiji Times and apparel sponsor, BLK, for their continued support to our Fiji Bati team in this RLWC tournament."

The Kevin Naiqama-led side is in Wellington, New Zealand, preparing to play the Kiwis at the Wellington Regional Stadium.

"We look forward to seeing the Cake Tin painted blue this Saturday. We are urging all Fijians, here and abroad, those who are able to travel to Wellington to do so and support the Bati play World Cup co-hosts NZ in their Capital City.

"The boys need your prayers, they need your support and they definitely need you to cheer them on this Saturday, whether it will be in front of a TV screen or at the stadium, let's come together and support our warriors defend," he said.

Meanwhile, Vosarogo revealed that FNRL chief executive officer Timoci Naleba has been asked to go on leave citing operational matters at the FNRL headquarters.

"He has been asked to take his leave accrue...


Australia's allies push for faster end to coal "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Some of Australia's closest allies are pushing for an end to coal power, in an increase of pressure for richer countries to do more to curb climate change.

While one of our neighbours says it seems only a change of governments will make Australia end its coal obsession.

New Zealand, the UK and Canada are among 20 countries which have signed up to the Global Alliance for Powering Past Coal, a surprise addition to the COP23 UN climate conference in Bonn, Germany on Thursday.

The group hopes to double in size over the next year.

UK's conservative Climate Change Minister Claire Perry said reducing global coal consumption should be an urgent priority for all countries.

Unabated coal is the dirtiest, most polluting way of generating electricity, she told the launch.

The Powering Past Coal Alliance will signal to the world that the time of coal has passed.

The alliance covers developed and developing countries, including some of Australia's Pacific island neighbours who are especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change: COP23 president Fiji, the Marshall Islands, and Niue.

The Marshall Islands labelled coal the biggest barrier to curbing rising temperatures.

At an earlier event, President Hilda Heine said the country was very disappointed in Australia's continued pursuit of coal mining and energy.

We're neighbours with them; they should be aware of the issues that are facing small island countries, she said.

We hope that maybe a new government can come in and change the position of the current government, which is to continue to promote coal.

Greens MP Adam Bandt said the Turnbull government seemed to be getting Australia caught in a pincer movement and it was "posing an existential threat to many of our neighbours".

He hoped the new alliance would prove coal shouldn't be subject to a culture war.

You've now got conservative ministers, social democratic ministers and green ministers sitting side by side committing their countries to phasing out coal, he told AAP in Bonn.

Each will do it in their own different way but that commitment suggests it's now crossing party lines.

A door has been opened for the Australian government here."

Asked what Australia thought of the new alliance and whether it had...


Tongan election seals Pohiva dominance "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

All nine cabinet ministers of Tonga's caretaker Government were re-elected in Tonga's snap General Election Thursday.

Akilisi Pohiva's Democratic Party won 14 out of the 17 seats.

The successful candidates were announced by the Electoral Commissioner, Pita Vuki last night.

The re-elected cabinet ministers are caretaker Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva, Semisi Sika, Mateni Tapueluelu, Poasi Tei, Vuna Fa'otusia, Semisi Fakahau, Penisimani fifita, Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa and Saia Piukala.

Two former cabinet ministers, Siaosi Sovaleni and Tevita Lavemaau who were fired by the Prime Minister from his Cabinet following the dissolution of parliament on 24 August were re-elected by their constituencies. Vava'u female People's Rep, Akosita Lavulavu was also re-elected.

There will now be two female People's Representatives in parliament: newly-elected People's Rep Losaline Ma'asi and re-elected People's Rep Akosita Lavulavu.

The only three new People's Representatives who were elected in today's election were Losaline Ma'asi, Mo'ale Finau from the Ha'apai Constituency No. 12 and Vatau Hui from Constituency No. 17.

Former CEO for the Ministry of Agriculture, Losaline Maasi, snatched away the seat of former Minister of Finance, 'Aisake Eke from Tongatapu Constituent No. 5.

The 17 Peoples Representatives are:
Tongatapu 1, Samuela Akilisi Pohiva, 1376 votes
Tongatapu 2, Semisi Sika, 1111 votes
Tongatapu 3, Siaosi Sovaleni, 1421
Tongatapu 4, Mateni Tapueluelu, 1436
Tongatapu 5, Losaline Maasi, 1034
Tongatapu 6, Poasi Tei, 1426
Tongatapu 7, Sione Vuna Faotusia,1274
Tongatapu 8, Semisi Fakahau, 1183
Tongatapu 9, Penisimani Fifita, 1302
Tongatapu 10, Pohiva Tuionetoa, 1631
Eua 11, Tevita Lavemaau, 790
Haapai 12, Moale Finau, 635
Haapai 13, Veivosa Taka, 905
Vavau 14, Saia Piukala, 1366
Vavau 15, Samiu Vaipulu, 684
Vavau 16, 'Akosita Lavulavu, 921
Ongo Niua 17, Vatau Hui, 438 votes

Nobles Representatives elected include:

1. Lord Tuivakano
2. Lord Maafu
3. Lord Vahai

1. Lord Tuilakepa
2. Lord Tuiafitu

1. Lord Tuihaangana
2. Lord Fakafanua



Lupari says Religious Education must be a compulsory subject in PNG's Education System "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Religious Education should be a compulsory subject in the school system, says the Chief Secretary to Government, Ambassador Isaac Lupari.
Chief Secretary Amb Lupari said that Government must seriously consider introducing Religious Education as a compulsory subject in our education system.
Amb Lupari made this statement when addressing the Heads of Govt Agencies at a recent Departmental Heads meeting in Port Moresby.

If we are going to address law & order, social ills, decline in ethical standard, decline in morality, increase in domestic drug abuse and so forth, in a serious manner, we must introduce Religious Education as a compulsory subject in our school system.
What we are doing today, will not address the root cause of these social problems in the country.
The root causes are lack of discipline and respect for our culture and respect for our laws.
How do we address these causes? 

Religious Education is one of the only viable solutions, said Amb Lupari.
We are a Christian country and Christianity is defined in our Constitution.
Yet this is not translated or embraced in our education and work place systems.
If we introduce or make Religious Education as a compulsory subject such as science and maths, we will produce educated population based on discipline, respect, integrity and value for each other, he said.
The impact on our society will be positive. We will have lesser social ills, law & order problems and more importantly increase in economic prosperity.
I am really happy that the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has seen the merits of Religious Education and directed us to work together with all stakeholders to develop the Religious Education program.


Moment of truth for refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Australia can end this human rights tragedy. Wherever they end up eventually, the Australian government needs to immediately bring these men to safety.

Human Rights Watch Australia Director Elaine Pearson interviewing Iranian refugee Behrouz Boochani on Manus Island in September 2017. 2017 Human Rights Watch SYDNEY Since October 31, hundreds of men have barricaded themselves in an abandoned complex on a naval base where security forces have previously shot at and attacked them. Exhausted, with no power and no running water in the tropical heat, they stockpiled food, dug water wells, and collected rainwater in trash cans to drink. Now, they are dehydrated, starving, and scared.

These men are not in a war zone, though many of them have fled war in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan. They are refugees and asylum seekers trapped on remote Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. They are there because of Australias harsh refugee policies.  

The UN has described the situation as an "unfolding humanitarian emergency." On October 31, the Australian and PNG governments closed the regional processing center where these men have lived for the last four years. Other less-secure facilities are available in a town a 30-minute drive from their current location. But these men, refugees and asylum seekers, refused to leave, terrified by escalating violence against them by some local residents in the town and frustrated by the lack of a long-term solution to their predicament.

Since July 2013, male asylum seekers traveling by boat to Australia have been sent to Manus Island, while men, women and children have been sent to the isolated Pacific island nation of Nauru. As Paul Tyson wrote for openDemocracy, in real terms, it is the boat people themselves the Australian government has criminalized, dehumanized and demonized, and it is agains...


Heni Meke: from nurse to CEO "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

An interest in supporting people with HIV/AIDS took Heni Mekes career from the frontlines as an army nurse to working in government. Now she heads Anglicare PNG, one of Papua New Guineas biggest NGOs, which has grown over the years with support from the Australian aid program. Anglicare runs a large HIV clinic in Port Moresby, which keeps 1,300 HIV-positive patients alive through anti-retroviral treatment. It also manages a nationwide adult literacy program and other development programs. 

In the latest in our 2017 Aid Profiles seriesHeni speaks to Stephen Howes about the challenges of running a complex national NGO, the impact of recent Australian aid funding cuts, and what drives her to keep going in a role that is sometimes just sleeping and work.  

Catch up on all the Aid Profiles here.

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K92 first production ready for shipment "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 16, 2017

THE K92 Mining Inc says the first concentrate from the Kora production in Eastern Highlands has been transported to Lae to be shipped overseas.
This is pursuant to a new off-take agreement, with the provisional payment (90 per cent of total value of shipment) received by K92.
According to the company, the new off-take agreement included a provision for a funding of US$15 million (K47.04 million) in non-dilutive financing from one of the worlds largest commodity trading groups, to secure the long-term off-take for production from the Kora Deposit.
The financing is subject to a number of closing conditions, which the two parties have started pursuing.
Prior to the removing of these conditions, K92 will ship the Kora concentrate under an agreement with interim provisions facilitating the same.
K92 expects to use the US$15m to target an expansion of the mining and processing rate to a level envisioned in the preliminary economic assessment.
K92 chief executive John Lewins said the off-take agreement allows for immediate shipping of concentrate that K92 is producing from Kora.
At the same time, it provides a potential p...

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Indigenous people in California petition to stop mining on their land "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Juristac (Huris-tak) lies at the heart of the ancestral lands of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band near Gilroy, California. For thousands of years, our Mutsun ancestors lived and held sacred ceremonies at this location in the southern foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, above the confluence of the Pajaro and San Benito rivers.

The cultural landscape encompassing Juristac is known today as the Sargent Ranch. An investor group based in San Diego purchased the land at a bankruptcy auction and is currently seeking to develop a 320-acre open pit sand and gravel mining operation on the property.

The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band vehemently opposes the proposed mining project. We are asking the public to join us in standing for the protection of our sacred grounds.

No Sargent Quarry

Over a 30-year operational period, the proposed Sargent Quarry would impact 320 acres of land. The plan includes a 14-acre processing plant, three 200-foot deep open pit quarry sites, a 1.6-mile long conveyor belt, and a 30-foot wide access road...


Newcrest looking at marine waste dumping for Wafi-Golpu "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Newcrest focusing on Wafi-Golpu

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 16, 2017

NEWCREST hopes to complete an update of Wafi-Golpu feasibility study by end of the March quarter next year, chairman Pater Hay says.
Hay said during the companys annual general meeting on Tuesday that the companys most advanced exploration project was the Wafi-Golpu project which he described as a world-class copper-gold deposit in Papua New Guinea.
Wafi-Golpu is an advanced exploration project located in Morobe and is owned by the Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture, one of three unincorporated joint ventures between Newcrest (50 per cent) and Harmony Gold (50 per cent), formed in 2008.
Hay said Newcrest continued to progress work at Wafi-Golpu, with focus on:

  • Assessing external and internal generated power options, in the companys search for greater reliability and lower operating costs;
  • Comparing deep-sea tailing placements options to terrestrial tailings storage options; and,
  • Re-assessing block cave panels, size and processing capacity due to increased knowledge as a result of ongoing drilling....


The elephant in the room: addressing corruption in PNG "IndyWatch Feed"

There is a general consensus that Papua New Guinea (PNG) is in a deep financial crisis. The country is in desperate need of help from both within and outside PNG. The political and bureaucratic leadership is working hard to sustain the country under this financial climate.

The Government has reached out to the international community for financial assistance. There are some positive responses, which is encouraging for the country. However, this is a temporary measure and not sustainable. The real challenge is dealing with the elephant in the room corruption which permeates all aspects of PNG society. Unless PNG tackles this problem head on, any external or internal interventions to financially rescue the country will be futile.

The new Government has acknowledged that improving governance is crucial to the future of PNG. The Government is now embarking on several initiatives to improve governance systems to restore confidence in the government and its systems and processes. The Constitutional and Law Reform Commission (CLRC) has been party to many of these initiatives and it is in this context that I would like to share with you these proposals.

If PNG is to improve governance and encourage investment in the private sector, and strengthen its bureaucracy to deliver basic and other services to the people, the new Government must first of all combat corruption as its number one priority.

Corruption is a major problem for PNG. In 2016, it ranked 136 on the Transparency Internationals Corruption Perception Index, the same ranking as Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Myanmar and Nigeria. As one of the most corrupt countries in the world, PNG has a huge task ahead to improve this image. PNG signed on to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on 22 December 2004 and ratified it on 16 July 2007.

In 2011, the Government launched the National Anti-Corruption Strategy. After the 2102 National Elections, the ONeill Government supported the establishment of an inter-government anti-corruption unit called Task Force Sweep to investigate and prosecute crimes of corruption. This team was disbanded about two years later when the Prime Minister was implicated in a corruption scandal.

The Government, however, in 2014 proceeded to request that Parliament approve the establishment of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) by amending the Constitution. A new Division VIII.3 under Section 220 of the Constitution was inserted through Constitutional Amendment No. 40, enabling the establishment of ICAC. This constitutional amendment paves the way for the enactment of an Organic Law on the Independent Commission Against Corruption and its full establishment.

In 2015, the Parliament took carriage of the proposed ICAC Organic Law Bill. The Bill was referred to the Parl...


Kumuls can knock England out of world cup says Paul Aiton "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Paul Aiton

JULIE STOTT | The Star (London)

PAUL AITON is convinced Papua New Guinea can pull off a major shock by knocking England out of the World Cup.

Aiton and his Kumuls team will have eight million fans screaming them on back in PNG.

The Catalans and former Leeds star admits even hes in awe of the passion in a country where rugby league is the national sport.

He said: Weve had a lot of trouble with politics and tribal stuff but when we play for the Kumuls everyone is behind us.

It is hard for other people to understand. PNG people just love the game - they even clap if the other team does something well which is unreal.

England are big favourites to win Sundays quarter-final in Melbourne but Aiton insists his side also have their eyes on the semi-finals. He said: Our chances are very good, 50-50 as far as were concerned. We are training to win.

The Kumuls dominated their group, racking up 128 points and conceding only six in their three games.

Now the 15th ranked team in the world is targeting the greatest win in their history and Aiton cant wait.

He said: It is history again for us. It would be massive. Coming into the tournament we didnt want to settle for a couple of wins at home.

You dream of the quarters and now we can focus fully on this game and hopefully further than that.

Wales, Ireland and USA players all admitted they were intimidated by playing in front of the intense local crowds in Port Moresby.

The Kumuls lose that home advantage this week, with the England game in Australia, but Aiton says he is still confident.

He said: It is good to play at home but that also comes with a lot of pressure because there are eight million people behind you.

England v Papua New Guinea at AAMI Park, Melbourne, Sunday 4pm AEDT


Fortnightly links: Scott Guggenheim, the One Campaign, Missing Maps, and more "IndyWatch Feed"

An intriguing Politico profile on Scott Guggenheim, enigmatic American anthropologist and advisor to Ashraf Ghani.

A doctor in PNG finds that involving men in family planning is the key to reducing maternal mortality, Al Jazeera reports.

The One Campaign offers their take on the recent DAC ODA rules negotiations.

A new report maps multi-sectoral nutrition investments and stakeholders in Ethiopia, and shows that most funding for nutrition was contributed by development partners.

India has taken a major step toward empowering and protecting girls, particularly child brides, in a landmark ruling.

Missing Maps is a humanitarian project that preemptively maps parts of the world that are vulnerable to natural disasters, conflicts, and disease epidemics. This project, founded by Ivan Gayton, can save over a billion lives in the worlds most remote slums.

The RDI Network has launched a new guide: How to partner for development research.

Video therapy could be a key method for aid workers to get help, writes Anna Mortimer.


The p...


Yaffa the city my family once called home "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Amirah AbuLughod is a farmer living in New York and a granddaughter of one of the 120,000 Palestinians displaced from Yaffa in 1948. She visited Yaffa on Interfaith Peace-Builders recent Olive Harvest Delegation. To read more delegate reflections from the trip got to

I walked these streets we walked these streets with a man whose family stayed after the Nakba in 1948. His family was one of only 4,000 who stayed out of an original population of 120,000.

My family was one of those who had the means and opportunity to leave.

I learned on the tour of my grandparents city that those who stayed were forced into Ajami the refugee camp ghetto created for Yaffa refugees on their own land. The ghetto was dismantled only after Holocaust survivors witnessed Ajami and saw something all too familiar.

We walked through the now artist village which was once the location of my siedos (grandfathers) home. Im told by family that the site of his home looks so very different than it once did. As we sat in the beautifully landscaped park surrounded by greenery, blooming bougainvillea, and a salty breeze from the Mediterranean, our guide informed us that any open space in Yaffa was once the most populated. The most populated areas were the first to be demolished, flattened to the ground they now lay barren of homes, filled with people enjoying the view of the Mediterranean Sea.

According to most peoples definition, Yaffa is a beautiful city sea side views, a bustling shopping scene, an artists village, restaurants everywhere you turn.

Amirah Abu Lughod in Yaffa

I found myself struggling to see the beauty. I knew what I was seeing was nothing like the Yaffa my grandparents called home and what did resemble their existence there felt like a restoration of mockery.  It looks nothing like what my ancestors called home because my ancestors were those people who lived on the land with no people for a people with no land.

I looked out over the Mediterranean...


Anarchist Solidarity "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Jock Palfreeman has been in jail in Bulgaria for about 10 years. Inside the prison he set up the Bulgarian Prisoners Association and campaigns for human rights inside the countries harsh prisons. We interview two anarchists who work to support Jock and keep his case in the public eye.

Bad Cop No Donut begins with a funny issue Victorian police are having with their uniforms, and we discuss the on going situation in Australias offshore detention centre on PNGs Manus Island.

And the big announcement that we are now part of the Channel Zero Network of anarchist podcasts.

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PNG Orchids v England Women's RLWC Match live updates "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea Orchids will take on England in the Women' Rugby League World Cup match today at 6 : 00 PM. Follow the live updated below. Refresh (reload) the page every time to see the latest updates on this match.

Live Updates :  Second Half underway

Full time: England 36 PNG  8 
78 mins : Try England 36  PNG 8
73 Mins: Try England 30 PNG 8. Boot Scores for England
70 mins: Still England 24 PNG 8
65 mins: England 18 PNG 8 : Try for PNG but Referee rules knock on.No try

60 mins: TRY England: 24 PNG 8 : Danielle Bound scores for England
55 mins: The score still remain at England 18 PNG 8 : Orchids attacking now

50 mins : Still England 18 PNG 8 : A brilliant try-saving tackle from PNG's  Martha Karl denies Tara-Jane Stanley from grabbing another try for England

45 mins: England 18 PNG 8 : Good news for PNG, fullback Amelia Kuk is back out there after leaving the field in the first half.
41 min: Second Half underway

38 mins : Try England: 18 PNG 8: This time it's left winger Charlotte Booth who dives over in the corner.
35 mins: Try England: 14 PNG 8 : Winger Tara-Jane Stanley goes over untouched in the corner.
30 mins: PNG's Amelia Cuk attacks the tryline again but the England defence forces a mistake, and the PNG fullback looks to have been hurt in the process

27 mins : Try England: 10 PNG 8.  Amy Hardcastle busts a tackle and bursts into the clear, and races 70m to score a terrific TRY for England
25 mins : TRY PNG Orchids: 8  England:  6  Anne Oiufa scores  and Amelia Kuk kick is ugly off the boot, and a wicked bounce evades everyone
20 mins :  PNG's Amelia Kuk then continues her hot start to the match with a break that almost results in a try, but she just can't beat the last tackle

11 mins : England Try :  Shona Hoyle, converted by Tara-Jane Stanley. PNG 4-6 ENG
10 mins: Solid defence from PNG held out England Try opportunity


Apakah Profesi Wartawan Aman di Indonesia? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Apakah Profesi Wartawan Aman di Indonesia?

Oleh Yerry Borang and Egbert Wits

Sebelumnya di tahun 2017, kami bekerja sama dengan Citizen Lab, untuk berdiskusi dengan wartawan-wartawan dari Papua, Aceh, dan Jawa Tengah untuk mendalami masalah terkini mengenai keamanan bekerja sebagai wartawan. Enam belas wartawan kami wawancarai, kami fokus pada persoalan keamanan digital dan bagaimana wartawan menggunakan teknologi (dengan aman). Selain di Indonesia, riset ini juga kami jalankan di Filipina.

Meskipun jumlah situs yang membantu kualitas keamanan pekerjaan kita sudah bertambah, namun ada diskusi yang terlewatkan, yakni mengenai pro dan kontra dari keamanan digital bagi wartawan, serta tentang berbagai kendala keamanan digital yang mereka hadapi di era cepatnya arus informasi dan instant deadline. Kami berharap bahwa hasil riset yang kami sebarkan ini dapat berkontribusi bagi diskusi ini. Mari kita mulai dengan menelaan latar belakang Pendidikan para wartawan.

Pendidikan Jurnalisme

10 dari 16 wartawan yang kami wawancarai memiliki latar belakang Pendidikan di program studi jurnalisme. Mereka mendapatkan materi perkuliahan seputar keselamatan fisik dalam proses peliputan, namun materi mengenai keamanan digital sepenuhnya absen. Tidak ada perhatian sama sekali terhadap keamanan digital selama saya mengecap Pendidikan jurnalisme (Jakarta no. 2). Ketika menelaah program-program studi jurnalisme di beberapa universitas di Jawa [1] hari ini, kami tidak menemukan satupun institusi yang memiliki materi ajar mengenai keamanan digital atau keselamatan wartawan. Ketika job training, mungkin? Sayangnya juga tidak. Tak satupun perwakilan pihak media yang kami wawancarai mengatakan bahwa mereka memberikan pelatihan esktra mengenai isu keselamaan dan keamanan. Pengetahuan yang beredar mengenai keamanan digital sunggguh minimal dan pengetahuan itu diperoleh biasanya dari diskusi sesama wartawan. Umumnya, para wartawan mulai mempelajari atau mencari informasi tentang keamanan digital dan keamanan kerja setelah mereka merasa terancam, dilecehkan, atau pengalaman negatif lain akibat dari pekerjaan jurnalistik mereka.

Minimnya pelatihan mengenai keamanan online dan offline adalah fakta yang mengkhawatirkan mengingat kondisi keselamatan wartawan di Indonesia ada dalam kondisi genting. Human Rights Watch melaporkan [2] bahwa angka kekerasan terhadap wartawan meningkat. Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI), sebuah lembaga swadaya masyarakat bagi para wartawan, melaporkan bahwa ada 78 insiden kekerasan terha...


Malcolm Turnbull, Manus and New Zealand: Time to let these people go "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Malcolm Turnbull, Manus and New Zealand: Time to let these people goNew Zealand has offered sanctuary to 150 refugees Australia has marooned on Manus Island, but our Malcolm Turnbull has refused to allow it. read now...


A Step forward for BSP with EMV chip enabled card "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

In the next few weeks, BSP Visa Debit card users will be issued cards that come equipped with chips on them.
These chips are known as EMV chips. EMV - which stands for Europay, Mastercard and Visa -- is a global standard for cards equipped with computer chips and the technology used to authenticate chip-card transactions.  This new enhancement will be implemented, to counter and protect customers and the bank against security breaches and counterfeit card fraud. Most major card issuers around the world have migrated to this new technology to protect consumers and reduce the costs of fraud and BSP will also be migrating into this new technology.

"These new and improved cards are being deployed to improve payment security, making it more difficult for fraudsters to counterfeit cards," said Robin Fleming, BSP Group CEO.  "It's used worldwide and is an important step forward for BSP." This was announced on Thursday at the Quarter 3 Financial Presentations at BSP Haus, Port Moresby.

EMV-enabled cards offer several benefits over the current magnetic-stripe cards. The chip cards will have a small, metallic square you will see on new BSP Visa Debit Cards. That is a computer chip, and it is what sets it apart from the rest of the cards.

"The magnetic stripes on cards store unchanging data. Whoever accesses that data gains the sensitive card and cardholder information necessary to make purchases. That makes traditional cards prime targets for counterfeiters, who convert stolen card data to cash," explains Rebecca Senge, BSP's Head of Product Development.

"If someone copies a mag stripe, they can easily replicate that data over and over again because it doesn't change. Unlike magnetic-stripe cards, every time an EMV card is used for payment, the card chip creates a unique transaction code that can only be used once," added Ms Senge.

"If a hacker stole the chip information from one specific point of sale, typical card duplication would never work because the stolen transaction number created in that instance cannot be used again and so the card would just get denied, " she further added.

For many countries in the world, fraudsters have shied away from countries that have already transitioned to EMV cards, however, this has increased exposure for card users and issuers in countries like Papua New Guinea who still use the magnetic stripe cards," said Mr Fleming.

"With the introduction to the new BSP c...


BSP Launch VISA Debit Card with Added Security "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bank South Pacific (BSP) launched the new BSP chip enabled Visa Debit Cards on Thursday 9th of November, 2017 at its BSP First Lounge at the Ravalien Haus, Port Moresby.

This new enhancement has been implemented, to counter and protect customers and the bank against security breaches and counterfeit card fraud.

BSP CEO, Mr Robin Fleming was present at the launch and gave a product background saying, "Most major card issuers around the world have migrated to this new technology to protect consumers and reduce the costs of fraud and BSP proud to migrate into this new technology."

These chips are known as EMV chips. EMV - which stands for Europay, Mastercard and Visa - is a global standard for cards equipped with computer chips and the technology used to authenticate chip-card transactions.

Earlier, Mr Fleming also announced at the BSP Quarter 3 Financial Presentations at Ravalien Haus, Port Moresby that, "these new and improved cards are being deployed to improve payment security, making it more difficult for fraudsters to counterfeit cards. It's used worldwide and is an important step forward for BSP."

Present at the Launch on Thursday night was BSP Brand Ambassador and Captain of the PNG Kumuls, David Mead who also applied for a New Visa Debit Card.


More than 47,000 living with HIV in PNG, official says "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 More than 47,000 Papua New Guineans are living with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) with Enga being the highest HIV prevalence province.

National Aids Council Secretariat (NACS) regional manager Valentine Tangoh told a workshop on gender equity and social inclusion in Port Moresby that the spread of HIV still outpaced responses taken in the country despite some progress being made.

National HIV prevalence is estimated at 0.89 per cent among adults (15-49-year-olds). Thats the highest among Pacific nations, Tangoh said.

He said for last year and this year, it was estimated that there are 47,795 people living with HIV in PNG.

Of these, 2800 are estimated to be new infections for this year alone, one quarter of them are children and young people.New born babies account for 16 per cent of new infections annually.

These are data shown by people who went to the hospitals or in voluntary counselling centres getting tested on their HIV status.

However, there are many people in the country who dont go to test and know of their HIV status and so the figure might increase, Tangoh said.

He said the pandemic was concentrated in certain geographical locations within key population groups.

HIV prevalence of one per cent or more is recorded in the Highlands provinces and Enga is the highest with 1.77 per cent, National Capital District with 1.64 per cent, followed by Jiwaka with 1.49 per cent, Western Highlands with 1.32 per cent, Western with 1.23 per cent, Eastern Highlands with 1.0 per cent, Chimbu with 0.9 per cent, Oro, Manus and Central with 0.7 per cent, Madang with 0.6 per cent and the other provinces showing a much lower prevalence.

He said HIV prevalence in 2014 was 0.7 per cent with the total number of people living with HIV estimated to be 37,000 but HIV prevalence has increased to 0.89 in 2016 and 2017 with a total of 47,795 people estimated to be living with the virus.

Of the 47,795 people living with HIV, only 52 per cent or 23,800 are on antiretroviral therapy (ART).

The rest are not receiving any treatment and that is a major concern.

Major fluctuations in government budget allocations are a real issue that contributes to this high prevalence.

Tangho said further that HIV/Aids was a developmental issue and must be addressed across all sectors.

HIV should...


PNG Kumuls v England RLWC Quarter Final Preview "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

England hooker Josh Hodgson and PNG hooker James Segeyaro
 will be key men for their teams on Sunday afternoon.
Credit: Gregg Porteous; David Buller. Copyright: NRL Photos.
England face an undefeated PNG side who venture outside Port Moresby for the first time in this World Cup.

Wayne Bennett's side has shown patches of what they are capable of without yet putting in an eighty-minute performance, with victories over France (36-6) and Lebanon (29-10). The Kumuls come to Melbourne after accounting for Wales, Ireland and the USA by a combined 128-12.

The English get Sam Burgess back who returns from a knee injury and will start in the second row, with Ryan Hall and Kallum Watkins replacing Stefan Ratchford and Mark Percival in the backline. Gareth Widdop retains his spot at fullback, while Kevin Brown and Luke Gale remain in the halves. Elliott Whitehead comes back into the back row and Josh Hodgson starts in place of James Roby who drops to the bench.

PNG coach Michael Marum has made minimal changes. Ase Boas comes in for Lachlan Lam at five-eighth, while Stanton Albert and Rod Griffin are on the bench for Nixon Putt and Enock Maki respectively.

Why England can win: They've started well in all three games so far and, apart from their opener Australia, have overcome their opponents through an influx of first-half points. Their defence has also held up against the best the Kangaroos could only manage three tries and Bennett will have them primed for a better performance coming into the knockout rounds.

Why PNG can win: The Kumuls are riding the wave of their success in the pool stages. Skipper David Mead has led the way with four tries this tournament and will be keen to add to his tally on Sunday. Many of these players have been together for a long time when you factor in the PNG Hunters' success in the Queensland Cup and coach Michael Marum has got them playing for each other.

The History: Played 2; England 2; PNG 0. England has had the better of the Kumuls in their two previous clashes, though the Pacific nation went close in the 2008 World Cup...


Imagining a sporting/tourist boycott of Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

After 25 years of increasingly extreme Australian policies against asylum seekers both onshore and offshore, perhaps its time to think about more active measures to change course.

I was interviewed by the Guardian about my suggestions:

The author and journalist Antony Loewenstein is attempting to open up another front in the campaign against offshore detention. He has argued for some time that an international boycott of Australia over Manus is a key way to pressure the government. He wants to see a sporting and tourism boycott, and a boycott of companies profiting from onshore and offshore detention.

Protest is vital but the old methods have failed to change decades of bipartisan support for mandatory detention of asylum seekers and other human rights violations, Loewenstein told the Guardian.


Is it time to boycott Australia over its refugee policies? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

My following article appears in Australian news outlet, Crikey:

Lets talk about boycotting Australia.

Australias war on asylum seekers at Manus Island, Nauru and other privatised detention facilities on the Australian mainland is seemingly unstoppable by traditional means. While condemned by every human rights organisation in the world, Canberra is unmoved. The demonisation of (mostly) brown and Muslim individuals is an effective tool for politicians as well as many in the Murdoch and tabloid press to whip up fear and aggression against outsiders. And its been working for 25 years with Australia now inspiring hardline European policies.

When politics and international law fail to intervene if abuses occur, alternative tactics are required. Supporting a tourist and sporting boycott is one way to draw local and international attention to Australias mistreatment of refugees. It would inevitably lead to a hardening of views among some Australians, and vicious opposition by many in the media who would label it unrealistic or extreme but thats exactly the point. Business-as-usual ideas have failed for more than two decades. Its time to try something new.

Back in 2014, I wrote in The Guardian that the United Nations should impose sanctions on Australia over its asylum seeker policies. Then and now it was a highly contentious view, and the UN is a deeply flawed and corrupt body itself, but my aim was to make Australians realise that turning a blind eye to what was happening on Manus Island and elsewhere should come with a tangible, economic price. In other words, lets turn capitalism against a rich, capitalist country.

In 2015, I wrote in The Guardian again about boycotting companies, and divesting from them through shareholder activism, that financially benefited from Australias refugee policies. This included Serco, G4S and International Health and Medical Services. Earlier this year, when I raised the idea...


Can the Solomon Islands Gold Ridge Mine serve as a new model for resource extraction in the South Pacific? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The coastline view near the capital, Honiara. Photo by Paul Hilton/Greenpeace.

Catherine Wilson | Mongabay | 15 November 2017

  • After 17 years of foreign ownership and a checkered environmental history, the Solomon Islands Gold Ridge mine is now being led by a local landowner-driven joint venture.
  • The company saw its first major test in April 2016, when rainfall triggered a spillover from the mines tailing dam. However, independent tests found the water quality downstream remained safe.
  • Though concerns still remain, the new ownership structure could be a model for mining operations elsewhere in the region.

In April 2016, thousands of villagers living in the vicinity of the Gold Ridg...


Plans For Law To Monitor Foreign Researchers In PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Minister for Higher Education, Research Science and technology, Pila Niningi, has assured that amendments are to be made to monitor foreign research coming into the country.


He said it is time to have this legislation passed to ensure research done is conducted in a manner that benefits PNG.


The Minister was responding to recommendations made by the PNG Science and Technology, today in Port Moresby, when attending their 3rd Meeting of the year.


The academics mostly stressed that many researchers are coming into the country at will and conducting research to gather and prosper in their academic qualifications.


This they said needs to be urgently monitored and regulated so that Higher Institutions are aware and collaborate to find out what purpose of research.


He says in this way the research can be justifiable if it is in the interest of the country other than personal gains.


The Minister gave further assurance that this is very serious and will be brought to the National Executive Council to be deliberated with.



No decision made in Bulolo licence application "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bulolo township

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 15, 2017

THE Mineral Resource Authority has clarified that a decision is yet to be made on the application for an exploration licence in Bulolo.
Managing director Philip Samar was responding to the claim by Bulolo district administrator Tae Gwambelek that an exploration licence (EL2544) had been issued.
Gwambelek had supported the objection by business houses, Papua New Guinea Forest Products and town residents over the alleged issuing of the exploration licence over existing leases near the town.
But Samar said no licence had been issued.
Samar said the MRA would conduct a wardens-hearing to allow the public and stakeholders to discuss their concerns and raise objections against the application.
After that, he said the warden would table a report with the mining advisory council for consideration.
There will be no need for a township relocation just because an EL application has been lodged, he said.
He also clarified that the MRA does not issue tenements.
It recommends (it) to the minister or the head of the state, Samar said.


Lihir Royalties on hold "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sally Pokiton | PNG Loop | November 15, 2017

temporary hold on royalty payments from Newcrest Mining Limited, has been ordered by the Waigani National Court today.

The people of Namatanai district, claim they have not received their share of royalties in the last 10 years, an amount that equates to K7 billion.

With the restraining order in place, only the Nimamar LLG and Lihir Landowners will receive their royalties this month.

Kavieng and Namatanai districts and the New Ireland Provincial governments will not receive any payments until parties present their case, on how much they should be paid, and get a clarity on the gures in court next month.

Member for Namatanai, Walter Schnaubelt and member for Kavieng Ian Ling Stucky led a case in the National court, against Sir Julius Chan as Governor for New Ireland Province Government, and Lamiller Pawut as Acting Provincial Administrator of New Island Province.

The sitting MPs are seeking clarity on all the past payments, and how much should have been p...


MP Samb defends Asidokona failure "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Samb clears air on mining delay

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 15, 2017 

THE operator of the Tolukuma Gold Mine Limited in Central has been delaying operations for the past two years because a business partner was pulling out, according to Goilala MP William Samb.
He said the Asidokona Mining Resources Pty Limited was to have restarted the mine which Central was a shareholder in.
In a statement, Samb said the delay had caused inconvenience to the company management in settling outstanding salaries of employees and resuming the operations at the mine.
The Tolukuma Gold Mine Limited is under care maintenance.
This was revealed during a recent meeting Samb had with Asidokonas executive director Vincent Siow who confirmed the challenges.
Samb said a stakeholders meeting to be held this month will be to revise the agreement. They will discuss the production phase, scale of the mine, construction of the road from Doa to Tolukuma, establishment of the infrastructure development committee, and proper landowner business plans.
Siow has...

Wednesday, 15 November


Environmental cost will likely stop Cooks seabed mining "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Photo: Florence Syme-Buchanan/RNZ

Radio New Zealand | 15 November 2017 

The Cook Islands Seabed Minerals Authority Commissioner says deep sea mineral extraction in the country will likely not go ahead if the environmental cost is too high.

Paul Lynch said the countrys Seabed Minerals Act ensured a careful, steady approach to any potential exploration or mining.

He said the act was...


Canadian courts decide fate of Misima islanders? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Way cleared for Misima restart

THE Supreme Court of British Columbia has granted final approval for the merger between Kingston Resources and WCB Resources.

WCBs key asset is the Misima gold project on an island of the same name in PNGs Milne Bay Province.

Historically, Misima has produced more than 3.7 million ounces of gold. It holds a recently completed NI43-101 resource of 2.3 million ounces.

Kingston managing director Andrew Corbett said the merger represented a transformational step for both KSN and WCB shareholders.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the WCB management and shareholders for their support during the merger process. The KSN board and management team welcomes the new KSN shareholders and we look forward to starting  work on Misima this month [November].

The court appro...


Has anyone seen this man: Benedict Allen, lost in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

HARRY COCKBURN | The Independent

Benedict Allen
Benedict Allen

LONDON - A British explorer has gone missing in Papua New Guinea during an attempt to contact a tribe living in a remote area of jungle.

Benedict Allen, 57, has not been heard from in over three weeks after being dropped off by helicopter.

He was supposed to have begun his journey home on Sunday, but missed a flight to Hong Kong where he was booked to give a talk to the Royal Geographic Society.

He has not been heard from since late October. His last public post was earlier in the month when he tweeted a picture of himself wearing his rucksack on the way to Papua New Guinea.

Marching off to Heathrow. I may be some time (dont try and rescue me please - where Im going in PNG you wont ever find me you know...)

His family is now concerned something may have happened to him on his trek.

Mr Allen was trying to reach the Yaifo people, who he first met 30 years ago in Papua New Guineas East Sepik province. He was trying to meet them again to film them for a new documentary.

He had no telephone or GPS device with him for the trip which was expected to take him through very remote areas of jungle.

According to the Daily Mail, Mr Allens agent Joanna Sarsby said: "He is a highly experienced explorer, very clever and resourceful and adept at surviving in the most hostile places on Earth, and he would never give up. He may not be a young man any more but he is very fit.

"He was trying to reach the Yaifo people, a very remote and reclusive tribe - possibly headhunters, quite a scary bunch. Goodness knows what has happened.

"I just imagine he might have been taken ill or is lying injured somewhere, perhaps with a broken leg, and maybe being helped by locals."

She added: He never takes a phone with him - he believes in living like the locals. For him not to come back is really odd.

His sister Katie Pestille, told the Mail she was not worried about the tribes he wanted to encounter, but was concerned...


British explorer goes missing in New Guinea after trying to make contact with isolated tribe "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A British explorer is missing in the remote jungles of Papua New Guinea after being dropped off by helicopter three weeks ago to try and find the lost tribe of Yaifo - one of the few remaining tribes to have no contact whatsoever with the outside world. Benedict Allen's family have not heard from him since then, and hold grave fears for his safety after the seasoned explorer failed to board his flight out of Port Moresby. He was due to leave the capital on Sunday to fly to Hong Kong to talk at the Royal Geographical Society on Tuesday.


Manus Island and spiritual warfare "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Things are not going to change for the better without some sort of national repentance and the casting off of our hideous idols.

lead lead Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Asia Engagement, Mr Hong Lim, meeting Malcolm Fraser in 1981 to discuss Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees arriving in Australia. He praised Mr Fraser for his humanity.As I write a horrifying humanitarian disaster, entirely made by successive Australian governments, is looming on Manus Island.

As a child I came into political awareness in the 1970s. The Fraser governments open armed response to the plight of Vietnamese boat people with the full support of the ALP is etched in my experience as a defining feature of who we then aspired to be as a people.

We were leaving the white Australia policy permanently behind. We were strongly adhering to our UNHCR obligations and had a profoundly humane and compassionate immigration policy towards boat arrival asylum seekers.

Growing up in cosmopolitan Melbourne, we were a people open to the world and most of my best friends were and remain from migrant families. What happened to those cosmopolitan, human rights upholding, warm and welcoming values? What changed to make us a people fearfully protective of our (apparently threatened) national sovereignty?

What changed?

In all the analysis of what has changed and how we should respond to this deep shift backwards towards the politics of prejudicial fear and a disregards for our UNHCR obligations, I have not seen anything written about spiritual warfare.

But I think this is central.

Spiritual warfare is the ongoing battle for communally assumed first loyalties public worship. What our highest collective object of worth is, is our god. Crudely put, our god is now the economy, stupid. Well, its not the economy actually, its the pursuit of personal wealth what the New Testament calls Mammon. The post-war boom came to an end when Nixon dropped the gold standard and sent the 1970s into a global economic tail spin. But....

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