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Thursday, 17 May



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ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS today paid tribute to those who lost their lives on both sides of the Bougainville conflict.
He made these comments in Buin today at the Opening of two buildings funded by the Government and people of Australia.
MR. MOMIS said Bougainville has come a long way since the UDI was declared in the 1990.
He said the ABG recognizes the sacrifices of our people and gazetted May 17 as a Public Holiday throughout Bougainville.
President Momis said that because the communities in and around Buin have been busy with the visit by the Australian High Commissioners delegation he wants the people of Buin to have their public holiday tomorrow.


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Aussie rules for humanitarians "IndyWatch Feed"

I have always been fascinated by how badly international humanitarians behave in an emergency response. I recognise this is a blanket statement but it seems to me that there is a process of crossing some ethical thresholds as you step off the plane; cross the border; hurry down the walkway into a humanitarian crisis. Recruitment is one of those ethical thresholds. Every agency needs to quickly expand their staff base, have national minds at the disposition of the many international staff that cant speak the language, and have representation at the plethora of meetings required to operate in a humanitarian context. All these needs have repercussions on recruitment. A most notable consequence is that agencies will do almost anything to get the best staff as quickly as possible. Sounds reasonable, right? Except ethics get left at the door and international organisations win the recruitment battle against smaller national and local organisations with bigger salaries and the allure of being part of the international machinery. More than this, international organisations poach staff.

The Australian Football League (AFL) follows rules for the recruitment of players from state football clubs such as the Victorian Football League (VFL); officially they just operate at the state level instead of the national level. I am no footballer, but my understanding is that the rules are in place to ensure that state clubs (which are smaller and less well-resourced) are recognised for their role in identifying and training talented players, and to ensure that they remain financially viable institutions that continue to contribute to the footballing ecosystem. If a player is recruited from a state club, a compensation or solidarity fee is provided.

Take for example the iconic football player Adam Goodes who started his career playing for the North Ballarat Rebels, before being spotted by the Sydney Swans and being recruited to play in the AFL. As part of the recruitment process, a compensation fee was paid to the North Ballarat Rebels, recognising their role in developing Goodes talent and contributing to a great Australian sporting institution.

Contrast this with the humanitarian ecosystem where the scramble to upscale and outperform results in an ethical void. Experienced staff working in local and national organisations get poached by international organisations (including the UN and international NGOs) just as an emergency is happening at the point that they are most needed within their organisation. Often in the space of a few days, the most senior staff in national organisations hand in their notices to move to an international organisation that promises better salary, training, hours, support and progression.

The impact on national organisations is that they are constantly losing their best and brightest staff at critical moments in the midst of a complex...


Mr Tomato defamation case back in national court today "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Martyn gagged
Martyn Namorong - gagged for last year's national election


NOOSA The I am not a tomato defamation case brought by Papua New Guinea electoral commissioner Patilias Gamato against writer Martyn Namorong returns to the national court in Port Moresby today.

The case began in an unusual way during last years PNG election when Gamato complained he was defamed in critical social media posts that likened him to a tomato.

The chaotic PNG election had resulted in wide criticism of his commissions conduct of polling and counting.

"He made some defamatory statements and also called my surname, which is Gamato, as 'tomato'," the ABC reported Gamato saying about Namorong at a press conference.

"I don't look like a tomato, I'm a human being. He put a big tomato on my head, what if he did that to you?"

Mr Gamato is seeking punitive and aggravated damages for stress, anxiety and loss of reputation.

National court justice Collin Makail ordered Gamatos statement of claim be published in newspapers and granted an order restraining Namorong from further publishing defamatory remarks the blogger made against Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato on Facebook and Twitter.

Namorong then ceased political commentary for the rest of the election period while publishing a photo of himself in a gagged state.

Gamatos full statement of claim, signed by Kemnonga Robin Kawat of Kawat Lawyers, as published in The National newspaper said in part:

On or about 27 June 2017 in the Defendant wrote or published in his tweeter account by calling the Plaintiff as Mr Tomato, the defendant maliciously wrote and published in his tweeter account and these has gone viral on social media in particular Facebook by tarnishing the surname of the Plaintiff (Gamato) . He is not a vegetable.



Losing Kokoda: $50 million & dishonouring our military heritage "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Trekking Kokoda (Charlie Lynn)
Crossing a stream on the Kokoda Trail - too little to show for $50 million of Australian taxpayers' money

CHARLIE LYNN | Spectator Australia

SYDNEY - The blackbirding curse is as damaging to Papua New Guineas adventure tourism industry as the resource curse is to mining and exploration.

Blackbirding was a term given to the coercion of native people from PNG to work as cheap labour in Queenslands sugar plantations in the latter part of the nineteenth century. When the extent of the exploitation became known it was outlawed as a form of slavery.

The resource curse refers to the paradox that countries with an abundance of natural resources tend to have less economic growth, less democracy and worse development outcomes than countries with fewer natural resources.

Over the past decade 45,000 Australians from all walks of life have trekked across the Kokoda Trail. Their reasons are many and varied but the wartime significance combined with a sense of adventure in the land of the unexpected is the most compelling motivation.

Kokoda has now surpassed Gallipoli as a priority bucket list item.

Prospective trekkers become self-absorbed as they research trekking companies, camping gear, training methods and the wartime history of the campaign.

They learn of the loyal sacrifice of fuzzy-wuzzy angels those legendary wartime carriers who supported our troops and they look forward to sharing the experience with their descendants who will be employed to get them safely across the trail.

They expect these young guides and carriers will be properly cared for by the trekking company they engage to complete their trek. They expect that government will do its job and put in place rules and regulations to protect them against exploitation.

They expect Australia will ensure the wartime history of the Kokoda campaign will be protected. They expect that local subsistence villagers will receive their fair share of benefits from the emerging trekking industry.



Is China using 'debtbook diplomacy' to achieve its strategic aims? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Country_vulnerability_mapBEN WESTCOTT | CNN | Edited

HONG KONG - The Chinese government is leveraging billions of dollars in debts to gain political leverage with developing countries across Asia and the Pacific, a new report presented to the US State Department claims.

The independent report, written by a pair of Harvard University scholars, identified 16 countries targeted by the Chinese government for "debtbook diplomacy.

According to the report, in some cases the huge debts grow to a size too large to pay back, allowing Beijing to leverage the loans to "acquire strategic assets or political influence over debtor nations."

This could allow the Chinese government to extend its influence across the Indian Ocean and the Pacific, encircling India and Australia as well as helping to consolidate its position in the South China Sea, the report said.

Last month, Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said he viewed "with great concern" any foreign military bases being built in the South Pacific, following reports Beijing was in talks with Vanuatu to host Chinese forces.

According to the new report, Vanuatu, just 2,500 kilometers off Australia's coast, has taken at least $270 million in Chinese loans in the past decade, worth 35% of its GDP. Both China and Vanuatu have strongly denied there were ever discussions over a Peoples Liberation Army military presence on the island.

A US State Department official told CNN it encouraged China to promote and uphold internationally accepted best practices in infrastructure development and funding.

"We need to ensure recipients have options that allow them to retain their sovereignty and future control of their economies," the official said.

According to the report, there are a number of ways in which Beijing and state-owned enterprises leverage debt to help China's strategic aims.

In one case, infrastructure built with Chinese loans, has then been leased back to Chinese interests to pay off the original debt.

In 2017, an unprofitable Sri Lankan port built with billion-dollar loans from Beijing was leased to Chinese state-owned firms for 99 years to help repay the country's debts.

The report's co-author Sam Parker said there were concerns these ports could be used by Chinese n...


Natural gas project that promised economic boom leaves PNG in worse state: report "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

In 2008, when a consortium led by ExxonMobil was drumming up support for a $19 billion natural gas extraction and processing project in Papua New Guinea, proponents of the development predicted it would underpin the countrys economy for decades. Production began in 2014, and now reaches approximately 7.9 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year. However, according to two recent reports by advocacy group Jubilee Australia Research Centre, the PNG LNG project has not only exacerbated conflict and inequality in the Papua New Guinea highlands, it has also failed to produce the promised benefits. According to Jubilee Australias analysis, PNGs economy would be better off if the gas had been left in the ground. Predicted economic impacts of the PNG LNG project compared to actual impacts (based on Jubilee Australias analysis of underlying economic trends). While exports have exceeded expectations, GDP growth has been slower than forecast and income, employment and government spending have dropped. Image courtesy of Jubilee Australia. Big promises When pitching the project, developers made big promises about the economic and social benefits the megaproject would bring to the country. One influential 2008 study, an economic impact analysis commissioned by ExxonMobil and authored by Australian consultants ACIL-Tasman (now ACIL-Allen), predicted the project would bring a tremendous windfall not only to shareholders, but also to the people of PNG. It forecast the overall size of the countrys economy would nearly double, household incomes would rise by 84 percent, and employment increase by 42 percent. Backers of the project


Russian Warship arrives in Port Moresby, PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A Russian Navy training ship sailed into Port Moresby with 234 naval cadets aboard yesterday morning.

The visit, a first by Russia, had been described as a historic business port call between Russia and Papua New Guinea.

This is the first time in 50 years that a Russian naval vessel has visited our shores, said Papua New Guinea Defence Force chief of staff captain (Navy) Philip Polewara, who was at port to welcome the 7000-tonne Perekop training ship.

Aboard were fifth-year naval cadets from the St Petersburg naval institute of Russia who are on a two-month navigational training that started in April.

According to Capt Polewara, the 40-year-old ship had passed through the Baltic Sea, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean and was then destined for Vladivostok in Russia.

The ship arrived at 10.30am and Capt Polewara was left impressed after a brief exchange of pleasantries and a short tour with the captain of the ship and the head of the naval institute vice-admiral Vladimir Sokolov.

They still employ some of the earliest forms of navigation, using the celestial navigation and thats something we the navy can learn, and as people all we know is that Russia is a big country, home of the polar bears, it is up north, he said.

Capt Polewara said Russia was not only in Europe but also extended to the Pacific that was why it was often described by the international media as showing increased interest in the Pacific.

The Perekop cadets three-day visit include city tours, cultural visits, friendly sports with the PNG Defence Force, and courtesy meetings with the government.

According to The Australian newspaper, the training warship Perekop is a part of the Baltic fleet of the Russian Navy and is equipped with a modern radio-technical and navigational equipment as well as combat armament.

The warship, which is here until Saturday, will be open to the public today at 1pm at the old wharf in town. Post Courier/PACNEWS/PNG TODAY


The University of Goroka and Police Department collaboration Project "IndyWatch Feed"

This is the beginning of a discourse or discussions between the Human Resources Management Section of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (focusing on the training facility at Bomana) on the one hand, and I'm the other the University of Goroka. This interaction commenced in a humble or modest way (unofficial though)  between Chancellor Joseph Sukwianomb and a couple of Police Officers, (who for reasons shall remain nameless).
A small beggining...
The University Chancellor himself read in recent weeks from the newspaper stories of police recruits who were passed out from training acted in such manner (reminiscent of the Secondary Schools culture of induction into the pack). These trainees who passed out,were to have been deployed were considered dismissed. The Chancellor hinted that  it was perhaps time to consider suggesting in the way police recruitment, training and behavioural change instructions are given to the new intake by the Royal PNG Constabulary. A rethink is now necessary, given all that has been given by so many people and their organisations both from without and within PNG.
The way forward...
It is the considered view of the Chancellor that a collaboration and cooperation between the Police Department and the University of Goroka is necessarily and even urgent ever more than before. There are vital areas to be discussed or explored for the mutual support and benefits to the parties,if some agreements are reached. The Chancellor suggested that the first item to be considered and acted upon is to get the police hierarchy (especially in HR Division)  to meet formally with the Secretary and his officers from the Department of Higher  Education, Research, Science and Technology. The reasons are many  but one thing is clear. That is that since the passing of the Higher Education (General Provisions) Act 2014, all education and training provisions in PNG through any recognised institutions come under the supervision and control or scrutiny of the Board of Control established under the Higher Education Act from the date of the enforcement of the provisions of the Act.
This, the Police Training College at Bomana comes under DHERST in areas of curriculum, staff or lecturers or instructors competencies, certification, career pathways etc. Importantly, is the need to comply with the PNG National Qualifications Framework. There is work to be done in these areas in the three disciplined forces, but first is to start with the police force.
Areas of collaboration and cooperation...
The current areas that could draw the attention of the University of Goroka is to start a preliminary discussions on a number of key areas, and these i...


Vanimo Free Economic Zone ( with John Tekwie) "IndyWatch Feed"

Friday 4 May 2018
This is a statement that follows an initial brief discussions with an officer who is helping with the work related to the Vanimo Free Economic Zone in the Sandaun Province. Many years ago at the University of Papua New Guinea, I and some of my academic colleagues were discussing a proposal where PNG could establish what was thought at that time as Northern Economic Zone or hub.  This hub would free up the idea of provinces in the north consisting of Morobe, Making, East and West Sepik, and even Manus into a political marriage or consolidation into a economic block to harness all the resources that are available. So that infrastructures like the airports, wharves and road network established and operating. A "crazy" idea of building railway network was also discussed even way back in the mid eighties, among these academics. The idea did not gain any ground or did anyone tried to transmit those ideas to ambitious politicians until someone came along years later.
From what I know  is that former Governor for Sandaun, Mr John Tekwei was and early initiator and a great advocate of the revived thinking about the Free Northern Economic Zone. Just there months ago in February I happen to come across  Mr Tekewei who has been rallying support from people in power to revive the idea of establishing the free trading zones in some strategic locations. Vanimo and Lorengau in Manus were the two that Mr Tekwei mentioned, at least to me anyway. I was very interested and hinted that he should continue to pursue his dream,  and he replied  that he would do but he would need inputs from me and others. In the same venue, after talking to Mr Tekewi,  I met Governor for East  Sepik,  who said to me, before I could talk about the reason why I was there in the first place to meet and talk to him. The subject was about early childhood education trying of teachers for East Sepik. The governor said he wanted to introduce Bahamas into the curriculum of early childhood education in the East Sepik in the kiddie schools. In doing so  the Sepik people will be better able to interact in economic activities across the border with the most populous neighbouring country,  Indonesia. This idea from Governor Bird goes to support the idea of economic integration on our part as a country before we can reach out to other larger economies like Japan, Korea, China or even Indonesia.
And so an invitation for me to join like-minded Papua New Guineans on a crusade to find a way, away from the norm is indeed an honour. It is an opportunity so rare to relook at our sovereignty by revisiting and interpreting the preamble of our constitution, the 8 point plan, and the most recent one being the PNG Vision 2050.
In having said in so many words as alluded above, Im indeed very honoured to submit my expression of interest to join people of different professions...


TiikiiembShiiemb "IndyWatch Feed"

The Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill met today with the Chancellors and Vice chancellors of all state universities, which included the Chancellor said or Chair of Divine Word University. The convener of the meeting was the Minister for Higher Education, Research and Science and technology , Hon. Pila Niningi.

The Prime Minister said that there is not enough money to go around to meet every demand. He urged universities to consider ways of generating income to supplement what little  there is coming from the Government coppers. The Prime Minister also said that there will be no new universities building ,other than the completion of the Western Pacific University at Ialibu. Instead, he said universities must plan for expansion from the existing universities  especially those owned and funded  by the state. The Prime Minister planned to have another follow up meeting, to be arranged by the Higher Education Minister, Hon. Niningi.


Chancellor Sukwianomb says he wants to build Highlands Medical School at the University of Goroka "IndyWatch Feed"

The University of Goroka Chancellor, Joseph Sukwianomb on Friday 11 May 2018 made the first public statement in relation to the building of a new Highlands School of Medicine and a Teaching Hospital as part of the School to be the expansion of the University of Goroka long term plan.  This follows  statement and urging from the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill  when met with the state universities Chancellors and Vice Chacellors on the 18 of January 2018.

The Chancellor made this first public statement at the graduation ceremony held in Mt Hagen when he presided over the 3rd Graduation in Mt Hagen where 14 students  from Western Highlands, Enga and Southern Highlands graduated with Bachelor of Education in School Management.  Students who graduated, they studied by distant mode, under the University of Goroka Institute of Distant and Flexible mode. The students were enrolled in In-service Training that took minimum of two years;  sometimes this can take longer.

The University of Goroka graduation on Mt Hagen was attended by Deputy Governor who represented the Governor for Western Highlands, Hon. Paias Wingti and the Provincial Government of Western Highlands. Chancellor. The Governor for WHP is commended for articulating and realising the Pillar 1 of the PNG Vision 2050, said the Chancellor. Chancellor Sukwianomb further said the Nation of PNG  can not go wrong if every little  from the Prime Minister down do what Governor Wingtips is doing in his province. 


Japan and PNG sign Air Service agreement "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea and Japan officially signed Wednesday the exchange of notes on the revised air service agreement between the two countries.

Papua New Guinea Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato and his counterpart Japan Foreign Minister Taro Kono officially signed the instruments at the Likura House in Tokyo.

Pato in his address to the media and official dinner delegates said that this was a very important document which will improve trade and investment and the overall relations between PNG and Japan.

He said that this will also enable Air Niuginis service to Japan further enhance and strengthen connectivity between Japan, PNG and the Pacific Island countries.

Air Niugini presently has twice weekly services presently to Narita from Port Moresby, Pato said.

This third weekly service will result in inclusion of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) which means many of our exports particularly tuna from FSM and PNG will have accessibility to the markets of Japan and of course inflow of tourists from Japan through to the rest of the Pacific island countries, particularly at a time like this when we move into a closer cooperation with Japan and Pacific Island nations, Pato said.

Japan is a very important partner of PNG and of course Japan is the second largest trading partner for PNG after Australia and in the overall partnership, theres so many issues and challenges that Japan works very closely with Papua New Guinea and together we have an important partnership as we reach out together for PNG.

The signing of the air Services Agreement, the amendments relating thereto will enable our partnership to connect better between ourselves in trade and investment, people to people contract as well as to the rest of the Pacific so I am very well pleased and privileged to be here on behalf of our country, we have been talking to Prime Minister Abe-San and the former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida-San-when we last met in DA Nang in Vietnam, I am so glad, Pato said.

Japan Foreign Minister Kono on the other hand said: With the revisit, we hope the number of flights between Japan and PNG will be increased and also strengthen connectivity between Japan and the Pacific Island countries..



Intense Use Of Digital Technologies Vital "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The ultimate aim of the research and policy presentations during APEC study centers consortium conference (ASCCC) is to enhance peoples livelihood within respective economies.

In concluding the ASCCC yesterday, conference chairman and director of the PNG National Research Institute, Dr Osborne Sanida said the intense use of digital technologies are important for creating opportunities for inclusive growth and social and economic development.

We had good discussions on innovation and technology. Technology is vital for inclusive growth and development so the question is how we can promote opportunities that technology brings and also address the constraints so that we can use it in a positive way.

Going forward, this conference will have both immediate and non-immediate results, immediately, the conference output will be presented as a report to the SOM Chair.

The report will also be given to PNG APEC Study Centre and to Chile as the next host of APEC, said Dr Sanida.

The theme of the conference Inclusive growth opportunities in an increasingly connected region included four sub themes:

Regional economic integration and connectivity;

Structural reform and competition;

Digitalisation; and

Innovation and technology

There were 74 abstracts submitted for the conference, 25 were selected and presented at the two day more on PNG Technology site: PNG eHow



Procession by officials to the Stage for the Opening Ceremony today

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Picture of the Three Bedroom Teacher's House at Buin Primary School

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The Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Bruce Davies today opened another Double Classroom and a Teacher's House at one of the oldest Primary Schools on Bougainville, the Buin Primary School.

The School is one of the first Government run schools to be established in South Bougainville and today became one of a few schools on Bougainville with a solar powered Classroom.
In his speech today he said Australia will continue assist PNG and Bougainville with infrastructures for Education and Health and Law and Justice sector like in the past.

He said the assistance are delivered according to the priority of local governments.

High Commissioner, Bruce Davies also said that Australia will also assist in areas that can further support the ABG with Programs that the ABG sees as its priorities at the moment.

The team will continue with their visit in South Bougainville before returning to Port Moresby at the end of this week.


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PNG SIM card registration extension "IndyWatch Feed"

PNG Communications Minister Sam Basil has decided to extend the deadline for mobile phone subscriber identity module (SIM) card registration by over two months, to July 31 2018.

This will give more time for citizens to register their mobile phones, thus ensuring that they are able to make phone calls, send and receive texts messages, and so on, after the new deadline is reached.

According to Loop PNG, Digicel, which has the bulk of the customers in the country, has registered over 1.4 million subscribers. This leaves roughly 1.1 million subscribers on that network who are still to register. Digicel has been offering incentives to customers to register, such as free air time.

The other two telecommunication companies are also continuing to register their customers, and attempting to inform customers about the need to register through radio advertisements and other means.

Various countries have introduced mandatory SIM card registration. In neighbouring Indonesia, the deadline was February 28, 2018, and then over 100 million SIM cards were partially blocked, before a further deadline of April 30, 2018. In that case, registration could be done online, through text messaging, at a call centre, or in person. However, in PNG, people need to register in person as the country does not have an identification database. Mobile phone users in PNG need to visit a store or an agent and have their photograph taken as part of the registration process.

According to The National, the devastating earthquake that hit several PNG highlands provinces in February, was one reason why the Minister decided to further extend the registration deadline. The initial deadline was...


Fiji landowners to receive 80% of mining royalties "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Big Win For Landowners

Losirene Lacanivalu | Fiji Sun | 17 May 2018

They will, for the first time, get royalties from mineral mining 80% and Govt retains 20%

All landowners will, for the first time, be able to access a fair share of royalties from mineral mining.

This comes after the FijiFirst Government managed to get the Fare Share of Mineral Royalties Bill passed and enacted in Parliament last night.

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said under the new Act landowners would receive 80 per cent of all the royalties while the State would retain only 20 per cent.

He said once the Act came into place, the first payment of royalty of around $1m would be made from the Trust to the landowners.

The landowners referred to were owners of freehold land, iTaukei landowners, Rotuman and Rabi Island landowners, he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it had always been known that all minerals belonged to the State and surface land belo...


Haiveta not happy with delay in paying landowners "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The National aka The Loggers Times | May 16, 2018

Gulf Governor Chris Haiveta has called on Oil Search to own up to the fact that it fast-tracked processes in an effort to capitalise on the countrys resources while leaving the landowners stranded with little possibility of receiving royalties promptly.

He said company chairman Rick Lee was out of line during Fridays annual general meeting in Port Moresby when discussing landowner groups and landowner identification processes.

The entire reason we are now facing the issues with the delayed royalty payments is based squarely on Oil Searchs lack of ability to correctly communicate and inform both Exxon and the Government of their experience of the process and the requirements of the Oil and Gas Act, Haiveta said in a statement.

Oil Search must accept that they continue to generate enormous profits from PNG, they receive beneficial tax credits, yet they are trying to push the blame to the Government for their lack of corporate governance in managing the process when it comes to the landowner identification.


Union Boss Sally McManus Demands Inquiry After Building Royal Commission Charges Collapse "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The nations most powerful union official has demanded an inquiry into why two union officials were charged with blackmail after the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, only for the charges to be withdrawn almost three years later.

Yesterday, the Victorian Department of Prosecutions asked that extortion charges leveled against Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) officials John Setka and Shaun Reardon in 2015 be dismissed.

Melbourne magistrate Charles Rozencwajg replied, I think its a very sensible decision.

The case stemmed from allegations that during a meeting with senior officials with Boral, the pair asked that concrete not be supplied to Melbourne worksites run by construction firm Grocon, amid concerns about worker safety. Mr Setka is the CFMEUs Victorian secretary, Mr Reardon is the state assistant secretary.

Explosive evidence presented at their committal hearing this week suggested senior figures within the Turnbull and Abbott Governments were speaking directly with Boral executives prior to any allegations being formally raised.


Head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Sally McManus, this morning came out swinging.

I welcome the withdrawal of these charges they should never have been laid, Mc Manus said.

The possibility that members of the Abbott/Turnbull Government were closely consulting with Boral over events that led to these discredited charges is deeply disturbing. This possibility should be fully investigated.

This is the same Government that orchestrated the ROC raid, wasted $80 million on a union witchhunt, and is the successor of the Coalition government that conspired to ruin the lives of waterfront workers 20 years ago, she added, a reference to the infamous Patrick Stevedores dispute led by retired Liberal Minister Peter Reith.

It is not acceptable for any government to attack the elected representatives of working people in order to advance their political agenda.

John Setka and Shaun Reardon have stood up for working people in the Victorian c...


Call for clarity on PNG seabed mining project "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Seabed mining machinery Photo: Mike Smith

Radio New Zealand | 16 March 2018

The MP for Namatanai in Papua New Guinea says more information is needed about the impacts and benefits of seabed mining.

The Solwara 1 Project, in which Canadian company Nautilus Minerals plans to extract gold and copper from under the Bismarck Sea, is facing a growing chorus of opposition from local community groups over environmental concerns.

Nautilus has yet to complete equipment requirements for beginning mining, and has seen investors recently withdraw from the project.

The MP, Walter Schnaubelt, said too much remained unknown about the environmental impacts of seabed mining.

Im of the view that of course its going to be something new, yes, maybe some unknowns are going to happen, he said.

But that doesnt mean that we jus...


Oil Search denies blaming PNG govt for project problems "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

There have been complaints of a lack of benefits coming from the LNG project. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades project

Someone is not happy with Oil Search but this kind of back-tracking is not going to fool anyone!

Truth is they are all to blame Oil Search, Exxon Mobil and the PNG government

Radio New Zealand | 16 May 2018

The oil and gas company Oil Search denies that it blamed Papua New Guineas government for non-payment of benefits from the LNG gas project.

This comes after statements by the Oil Search chairman at its Annual General Meeting last week acknowledging landowner frustrations over project payouts.

Oil Search claimed its chairmans comments were mis-reported.

In a new statement it said that during the annual meeting, the company outlined the need to ensure royalty payments and other benefits owing to landowners were distributed as soon as practicable.

Oil Search said it was worki...


Isi Henry Returns As Samarai-Murua MP "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

May 17, 2018

SAMARAI-Murua MP Isi Henry Leonard has remained as MP- elect after defeating close rival Gordon Wesley for the second time at the end of the National Court-ordered recount.

The returning officer presented the recount results on Tuesday afternoon before trial judge Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika who then endorsed the result, the judges office confirmed this yesterday.

The recount results saw Mr Leonard scoring 6257 votes ahead of Mr Wesley, who was the petitioner and former MP, with 6230 votes.

Sir Gibbs had ordered the recount on March 28 after upholding Mr Wesleys petition on grounds of errors and omissions by the Electoral Commission.

Sir Gibbs then found that at the end of the count for the first preference votes, Mr Wesley scored 5198 votes which was reduced to 5042 going into elimination.

He said the error made without proper explanation would have affected the election result in which Mr Leonard was declared duly elecedt at 6342 votes after passing the absolute majority by 46 votes, ahead of Mr Wesley with 6249 votes.

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Glyphosate Hurts Gut Microbiome, Genes and Sexual Development at Safe Dose "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Roundup Weedkiller Hurts Gut Microbiome, Genes and Sexual Development at

By Heather Callaghan

Glyphosate-based herbicides like Monsantos Roundup are used the world over. In fact, Roundup is still the most popular and widely used weedkiller in the entire world. Pesticide propagandists are fond of leaning on the idea of safe dose, but can there really be a safe dose for a substance that causes breast cancer at parts per trillion?

A new study shows some startling, adverse health affects in mice given glyphosate in doses at levels considered safe by regulatory agencies. This news is more concerning now since recent revelations that glyphosate is in most of our food, FDA emails show.

Three peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts from the pilot phase of the Global Glyphosate Study are available online today (May 16), reports GM Watch. They will be published in the prestigious scientific journal Environmental Health in open access format later in May.



National court mulls Albert Schrams application to leave PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Schram doctorate
Dr Schram's PhD certificate - proof positive of his credentials


NOOSA Albert Schrams application seeking leave to retrieve his original PhD documentation from Italy is now being determined by the PNG national court.

The former vice chancellor of Papua New Guinea's University of Technology and his wife Paulina sit in a Port Moresby hotel nervously awaiting the outcome of the judges deliberations.

The national court is expected to make a decision by Monday.

Dr Schram was arrested earlier this month and charged with obtaining employment through false pretence with police alleging he produced a fake PhD certificate to Unitech in 2012 when he was seeking the post of vice-chancellor.

This matter was first raised in 2013, not long after Dr Schrams appointment, as he began to implement measures to improve financial transparency and accountability at Unitech.

These interventions caused controversy among some senior staff at the university leading pro-chancellor Ralph Saulep to challenge the veracity of the doctorate after which Dr Schram was deported from PNG in March 2013.

Czuba statement
Higher education secretary Jan Czuba's statement authenticating Dr Schram's credentials

He spent a year...


My free air tickets lapsed because I'm fearful of re-entering PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tickets to nowhere - Paul Flanagan fears he'll be treated like Albert Schram if he tries to return to PNG


CANBERRA - There was a moment of glee when I won the major prize at a Papua New Guinea-Australia investment conference in 2017 a return air ticket for two anywhere on the Air Niugini circuit.

The option of a wonderful trip with my wife from say, Sydney to Japan, seemed very tempting.

But glee quickly turned to the reality of fear.

When I talked to the Air Niugini representative after the prize drawing, I immediately asked if I could donate the tickets to charity. Why would you want to do so? was the very reasonable question.

The answer to that question has been unfortunately thrust upon the former vice-chancellor of PNGs second largest university, Dr Albert Schram.

Albert was transiting Port Moresby on his way from Australia to Europe (the reason he was doing that is part of another sad story for PNG).

While passing through airport immigration, his passport was confiscated and he was subsequently arrested on what can only be seen as trumped up charges.

He was charged with false pretence essentially a claim that he had a fake PhD.  Im getting worried about how fake is being used by parts of the PNG establishment. He is currently before the courts to see if his bail conditions can be altered to allow him to have his passport returned.

During this sorry episode for PNGs reputation, the Scholars at Risk Network has raised its concerns about his treatment, as has Professor Stephen Howes in a blog post and a subsequent radio interview.

Professor Howes notes that the episode is damaging not only because of the chilling effect it will have on domestic critics and reformers, but also because it will scare away academics and other foreigners w...


The unfathomable wonders of our beautiful mothers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Png-_pg-08_09-sti-det-mother-at-clinic-4PHILIP KAI MORRE

KUNDIAWA It was Mothers Day last Sunday and in many places people celebrated with gifts, parties, church services and prayers.

Elsewhere a low profile was kept because of cultural norms.

But in all societies, whatever the culture, the key role of women and especially mothers is recognised.

Our mothers seem gifted with intuitive knowledge and special and unique skills, they are creative, gentle, warm, loving and empathetic in understanding us and seeing to our needs.

Just take a moment and contemplate and recall the worthy things our mothers did for us during our childhood, and our extraordinary relationship with them.

And the words that spring to mind diligence, tenderness, protection, love all exercised whatever the emotions and uncertainty confronting them each day.

Our mothers are there for us at all times and guide the early formation of both our physical development and our moral character.

Think also of the sacrifices, pain, sorrow and tolerance our humble mothers went through, often wrapped up in silence.

The tear drops shed, the knowledge transmitted, the unconditional love, the most prudent advice and wisdom.

And, in recent times in the midst of escalating family breakdown, many mothers also take the fathers role.

We owe our mothers volumes of tender care and love.

As for me, I regret that I did not do more for my humble mother who died three years ago - except I dedicated my book to her. And in my minds eye I can still see her smiling, knowing that I am the gift she treasured most.

Often we take it for granted the beauty, wonder and importance of our mothers, but if you spend a moment and reflect on all that your mother has done for you to be what you are now, I tell you, you will break down and cry.


Arrest warrant against Damaru set aside "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

An arrest warrant against Director of the National Fraud and Anti-corruption Directorate Mathew Damaru was set aside by the Waigani District Court early yesterday.

The arrest warrant was pursued against Damaru by a convicted prisoner over the allegation of false pretense.

The court found that the manner in which the arrest warrant was obtained was improper and ordered that the warrant be set aside.

The matter stammed from an earlier attack on Damaru on April 30, 2015, by a fellow police officer Stanley Poka, who is now serving time at the Bomana prison for assulting Damaru at his office.

The officer was arrested and was imprisioned by the courts in mid 2017.

The convicted officer claimed that Damaru conspired with a medical doctor and forged medical reports which landed him in prison.

The medical doctor was also arrested earlier through a similar warrant of arrest but the warrant was also set aside.



New Dawn FM News

The Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Bruce Davies and his team today crossed to South Bougainville from Central Bougainville.
And coming through Panguna they visited several projects funded by the Australian Government and also looked at projects that Australia can partner with the ABG and the National Government members to fund in the future.
They also stopped to Open a Classroom at the YAMAMOTO Memorial Primary School at AKU village in Buin South Bougainville.
They will have dinner at the private residence of the ABG President, Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS in Buin tonight before opening a Classroom at the Buin Primary School and would hold several meetings in Buin before returning to Buka.
New Dawn FM understands that Australia continues to pour in funds into Bougainville and there is not much showing on the ground.
One example is the Bougainville Ex-combatants Trust Account of 2003 in which many people opened stores workshops and fishing projects and to date only few have survived.
The Australian Government allocated TEN MILLION KINA and for the former BRA members a further FIVE MILLION KINA was allocated from the Funds from the Invincible Resources from Canada.



PNG singer Moses Tau passes on "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Popular Papua New Guinean singer Moses Tau passed away few hours ago.

Details of his death is yet to be released but according to Port Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko, the singer who hails from Barakau village in the Central Province passed away just before 10pm tonight.

Tkatchenko expressed his sympathy on his official Facebook page adding that Tau was a sensational entaintainer and will be missed by many of his fans, families and friends throughout the country as well as the Pacific region.

Everyone knows his music and he was a true showman, Tkatchenko said.

Tau, commonly known as Moshanty, recently participated as a judge along with other judging panel at the Vocal Fusion singing contest hosted by EMTV and his passing will leave a huge gab in the music industry.



New Dawn FM News
The ABG Vice President and member for Atolls, RAYMOND MASONO says issues such as Climate Change must not be ignored when talking about the upcoming Referendum for Bougainville.
Speaking at the launch of the Climate Change program at the Bel Isi park today, MR. MASONO said that the people of Bougainville have different issues that is disturbing them as Bougainville is preparing for the referendum.
He said issues such as Climate Change and relocation, War widows and missing persons with weapons and law and order must be made an inclusive process.
MR. MASONO said that Bougainville need to make sure all people of Bougainville are happy as we approach the voting day.




New Dawn FM News

Bougainville will again remember those who died during the ten year Bougainville conflict tomorrow on May 17th the day the Late FRANCIS ONA declared Unilateral Declaration for Independence (UDI) in 1990.
And the ABG has gazetted May 17 as a public holiday throughout Bougainville to remember those who died during the Bougainville conflict.
And all Public servants and the public have been told to respect this day and observe it as a Public Holiday.
The ABG President who is on official duties in Buin will give his statement for May 17 tomorrow in Buin.



New Dawn FM News

The ABG Vice President and member for Atolls, RAYMOND MASONO has thanked the Papua New Guinea Government for including Bougainville in its Climate Change Programs.
MR. MASONO made these comments at the launch of the Building Resilience for Climate Change for Bougainville at the BEL ISI Park today.
He said that the problem of Climate Change has been created by man and man alone can find ways to control it.
MR. MASONO said that Bougainville is preparing for the Referendum but at the same time climate change is also affecting our people in a big way and can not be ignored.


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Online Safety Bill tabled in Fiji Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Irresponsible social media users could be paying up to $20,000(US$10,000 in fine and face an imprisonment sentence of up to five years if investigated by the Online Safety Commission and found guilty by the courts. 

Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights Ashneel Sudhakar made the comments while tabling the recommendations of the committee on the Online Safety Bill 2018 in Parliament Tuesday.

Sudhakar said the committee considered the Bills impact on hateful and harmful electronic communications and the posting of intimate visual recordings that would impact women and children as victims.

He said one of the submissions to the committee said the Bill should reflect that many women do not feel safe coming forward with a complaint against someone who had posted, especially an intimate partner.

Section 17 of the Fijian Constitution provides for freedom of speech and expression. That right, however, is not an absolute right. The right of one person to express himself or herself cannot be taken as a licence to impinge on the right to privacy and dignity of another person, Sudhakar said.

That has been the position of law since time immemorial, hence, the volumes of civil and criminal case authorities both locally and internationally.

He said Section 17 of the Constitution more specifically provided that while every person had the right to freedom of speech, expression, thought, opinion and publication to the extent that it was necessary, a law may limit, or may authorise the limitation of those rights for public morality, protection of the reputation, privacy, dignity, rights of freedom of other persons including the right to be free from hate speech, rights of persons injured by inaccurate or offensive media reports to have a correction published on reasonable conditions and preventing attacks on the dignity of individuals or groups.

The Bill proposes the establishment of an Online Safety Commission whose role would be to promote online safety, deterrence of harmful electronic communication and related matters.

Section 13 of the Bill states that an individual may lodge a complaint with the commission if the individual had reason to believe that he or she was the subject, or targeted recipient, of electronic communication intended to cause or likely to cause harm.

And in the case of a child, the childs parent or...


Enact 50 percent quota for Vanuatu women in Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Women leaders from throughout Vanuatu have petitioned the Government of Vanuatu to enact a 50% quota for womens equal representation in Parliament.

The petition was handed to the Acting Prime Minister, Jean-Pierre Nirua,Tueday, during the official segment of the celebration by Acting President of the Vanuatu National Council of Women (VNCW), Anita Deroin, and the Country Director of Oxfam Vanuatu,Elizabeth Faerua, to mark the 38th anniversary of the setting up of the Vanuatu National Council of Women (VNCW) on May 15, 1980.

Women leaders also announced the formation of a historic new Democratic Womens Party and called on the Vanuatu Government to stand with the women of Vanuatu and commit to 50% representation for women in the National Parliament.

We are calling on our Government to take action and do the right thing for the women of Vanuatu. Equal representation in Parliament should be a basic human right for all of us, said Leiasmanu Cullwick, Executive Director of the VNCW.

Vanuatus National Parliament is made up of 52 elected members, none of who are women.

Only five women have been elected to Parliament since Vanuatu gained independence in 1980 and, currently, Vanuatu is one of only three countries in the world with zero participation and representation of women in Parliament.

We dream of a world where we, as ni-Vanuatu women, can have a real say in the important decisions that shape our lives. Today, we are lighting the way to a brighter and fairer future for the women and girls of Vanuatu, said Jeannette Lini-Bolenga, Programme Manager for Oxfam in Vanuatus Governance, Leadership and Accountability programme.

Key action plan resolutions include:

Enactment of 50% Legislated Candidate Quotas in Provincial Councils and National Parliament, as a revision to the Governments 30% Reserved Seats Policy and Bill

For women to establish a Democratic Womens Party

For the Vanuatu Parliament to include the VNCW on the Constitutional Review Committee

For the President of the Republic of Vanuatu to declare 15th May as a national public holiday to celebrate National Womens Day

The Government must provide an annual grant commencing in 2019 of Vt40 million (US$360,000) to the Vanuatu National Council of Women and the Provincial and Municipal Councils of Women, which must include funding for the Vanuatu...


20-year-old male arrested for alleged rape in Solomon Islands Guadalcanal Province "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Solomon Islands Police at the Henderson Police Station, Guadalcanal Province have arrested a 20-year-old male in the Henderson area East of Honiara for an alleged rape incident on 11 May 2018.

The alleged incident happened in South Guadalcanal on 8 May 2018 and the matter was reported to police at the Henderson Police Station.

My officers received the report and attended to it by visiting the scene and assisted the victim for medical attention, says Superintendent Nixon Manetoga, Provincial Police Commander (PPC), Guadalcanal Province.

He adds: We then successfully arrested the perpetrator on 11 May through the cooperation of members of the community.

I want to thank the communities for working together with the Police, leading up to the successful arrest of the suspect. This shows that we are working together and I want to encourage community leaders and elders to keep up with the good job, says PPC Manetoga.

The suspect is now in Police custody as he will be charged for the offense of rape and brought to the Magistrates Court for remand applications, says PPC Manetoga 

He adds: I appeal to the people living in and around the area to come forward and assist police with whatever information you have regarding the incident. Police in Henderson can be contacted on phone 36200 or Police communications on 23666 or dial toll free number 999.


PNG Southern Region urged to grow internal economy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Minister for National Planning, Hon Richard Maru has urged leaders of Southern Region to focus on raising internal revenue and not to be dependent on the National Government for funding.

He told Provincial Administrators, District CEOs and attendees at the Medium Term Development Plan (MTDP) III Southern Region Forum, which began on Monday 14th May and ended today (Tuesday 15th May, 2018).

The consultations were held at Dixie Bungalows outside Port Moresby and was also attended by Rigo MP, Hon. Lekwa Gure, Hon Richard Mendani, Ijivitari MP and Hon William Samb, Goilala MP and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Bougainville, Sports and Constitutional Matters.

Minister Maru opened the forum on Moday by highlighting the framework of the MTDPIII and urged Provincial Administrators and District CEOs to align their 5-year provincial and district plans to the national plan.

All presentations from the Southern region provinces and districts highlighted the need for vital infrastructure like roads, bridges, ports and airstrips to improve service delivery and open up economic corridors that are key for generating internal revenue and contributing to PNGs economic growth agenda.

While Minister Maru said the Rural Airstrips Agency will get an increased funding because of the important work it is doing in providing accessibility to remote communities, he added that the government will look at key infrastructure that also have economic potential and can sustain themselves.

Similar regional forums have been held in the Highlands and New Guinea Islands Region. The consultations have provided opportunities for provinces and districts to get an insight into how sub-national governments plans are expected to align to the MTDP3.

The MTDP III Momase Region Forum is the next one to be held from 17th 18th May 2018 in Madang.

Governors, Provincial Administrators, the private sector and civil society from the Momase region are expected to attend the consultations.


Rural airstrips to be maintained "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rural Airstrips Agency has assured the Governor of East Sepik, Hon Allan Bird that the agency is committed to restoring and maintaining rural airstrips in the province

Rural Airstrips Agency has assured the Governor of East Sepik, Hon Allan Bird that the agency is committed to restoring and maintaining rural airstrips in the province.

In a meeting with RAA representatives on Monday 14 May, Mr Bird said his Government was expanding the agricultural base of the province by strengthening and increasing the volume of cash crops already farmed by his people such as cocoa, vanilla and oil palm.

He said the ESP Government is also developing new agriculture projects such as large scale rice farming with internal and external investors.

He said transport infrastructure in the province is important to realising his governments plan and as such, they have re-opened collapse bridges, fixed broken roads, and re-decked important bridges in the province in the space of a few months.

The Governor believes re-establishing important yet closed rural airstrips for his isolated communities, will bring more of them into the agriculture market base of the province, as well ease their access to social services such as health and education.

RAA CEO John Bromley assured the Governor that the agency will work with the East Sepik Government to restore important rural airstrips in the province.

We were pleased to meet with the Governor, and start a relationship going forward to will benefit some of the geographically isolated populations of the East Sepik Province, so that they can play an active part in the development of their province, Mr Bromley said.


NEC Extends Contracts For Departmental "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

May 16, 2018

GOVERNOR of Bank of PNG, Loi Bakani, was among eight departmental heads who signed their contracts at Government House yesterday after their contracts were extended by the National Executive Council.

Mr Bakani will be serving his second term of seven years (14 years) and will be the second longest serving Governor of the Bank, normally called the Central Bank, behind Sir Henry Robert who served for 20 years.

The next person to serve the bank was Sir Wilson Kamit, who served for 10 years.

The other significant appointment and signing of the contract of employment is Jacob Popuna, who was appointed Public Curator and official trustee of PNG.

He becomes the first person to be officially appointed by the National Executive Council after a major restructure. Minister for Justice and Attorney General appointed the public curator in the past.

Mr Popuna said besides the change in the appointment process of the curator, the institution has also experienced change in the institutional structure, including the increase in staff from 37 in 2007 to about 80 staff today.

The youngest departmental head to sign his contract was Raul Yamuna, who was appointed managing director for Climate Change and Development Authority for a period of four years

The other head of departments appointed are Dr Sergei Bang...


SIM Registrations Extended "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Minister for Communication, information and technology and Energy, Sam Basil announced the extension this afternoon.

Meantime Digicels Regional CEO for the Pacific, Oliver Coughlan said Digicel now has over 6,000 people in the country registering sim cards, 2,000 of those are based in the rural areas. Mr Coughlan said Digicel has registered over 1.4 million subscribers and is committed to register more. With the extension, Minister Basil also called on respective provincial Governments and MPs to work together with the NICTA, Mobile operators and the churches to cover the remaining unregistered sim cards.


Hybridity on the ground in peacebuilding and development "IndyWatch Feed"

Hybridity has become a prominent notion in international peacebuilding and development circles in recent years, attracting both enthusiastic supporters and vociferous critics. As a concept it has a long and varied lineage. The term hybrid was used originally in the biological and zoological sciences to refer to the product of mixing different elements. Since then, the concept has travelled across various social sciences in discussions around identity, culture, and aspects of political and economic order, particularly in colonial and postcolonial settings. Postcolonial scholars used hybridity to examine interactions between colonisers and colonised subjects. Their studies sought to counter monolithic depictions of colonial domination by emphasising active agency and resistance on the part of colonial subjects.

As a way of denoting the processes and outcomes of interactions between different social, political, and institutional orders, hybridity is a notion that has long informed various fields of research and policy engagement, even where the term itself has not been used. For example, the sub-field of legal pluralism focuses on the transformative effects of encounters between different socio-legal orders. This has included the interplay between customary or traditional forms of authority and those of introduced state-based orders in colonial and post-colonial settings. Navigating the complexities of normative and regulatory pluralism in todays rapidly globalising world remains a key challenge for governments, international donors, NGOs and others with an interest in law and justice reform. Australia faces these issues in its aid programs in the Southwest Pacific and Timor-Leste, as well as in relation to its own indigenous communities.

The notion of hybridity has been deployed by its proponents to unsettle entrenched state-centric perspectives and draw attention to the important role of informal institutions and non-state actors in many parts of the global south. In this context, the concept has also been used to critique the continuing reliance on standardised processes of institutional transfer in donor-supported reform initiatives. For example, the influential 2011 World Development Report on Conflict, Security and Development expressly called for best fit approaches to institutional development, drawing on combinations of state, private sector, faith based, traditional, and community structures for service delivery.

The concept has featured most prominently in critiques of the post-Cold War liberal peace and state-building interventions that proliferated during the second half of the 1990s and first decade of the new millennium. Liberal peacebuilding was premised on the view that liberal democracies are intrinsically more peaceful, stable and prosperous than other kinds of political systems. Its supporters advocated externally facilitated demo...


NT seabed mining moratorium extended, drawing mixed reaction from stakeholders "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Jacqueline Breen | ABC News | 16 May 2018

The Northern Territory Government has quietly extended a moratorium on seabed mining.

Key points:

  • The moratorium on seabed mining was implemented in 2012
  • It will now remain in place until 2021
  • The extension was never publicly announced by the NT Government

The ban, prompted by concerns about potential environmental impacts, was put in place for three years by the-then Country Liberals in 2012 and extended for another three years in 2015.

It put a pause on growing interest in deposits of manganese along the coast of Arnhem Land and the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The ABC confirmed that the moratorium, which was due to expire, will now remain in place until 2021, although there has been no public announcement.

A report into the impacts of excavating the seabed for minerals is still not complete five years after it was first commissioned, and a spokesman for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said...


Papua New Guinea rice-planting deal expected this week "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

07 Mar 2018 | Business WorldThe Philippines will sign this week a government-to-government agreement with Papua New Guinea allowing Filipino companies to produce rice on an area of about 1 million hectares within five years.


On Piol's idea to rise with rice in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

27 Mar 2018 | Business MirrorPapua New Guinea's Prime Minister instantly offered 100,000 hectares for planting even starting tomorrow, but can develop easily 2 million hectares in government lands for rice farming with irrigation


Hela governor hits out at LNG project developers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

ExxonMobils LNG Project cuts a swathe of development through Hela province in PNGs Highlands. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

Governor: corporate giants bullied PNG politicians into a substandard agreement

Radio New Zealand | 16 May 2018

The Governor of Papua New Guineas Hela province has criticised developers of the LNG gas project over lack of payments to his province.

Philip Undialu said when establishing the project, corporate giants bullied PNG politicians into a substandard agreement.

The Governor said Provincial Governments of the LNG Project area lost nearly US$240 million in Development Levies and Royalties over the last four years.

Mr Undialu said there were hundreds of millions more dollars in royalties which Hela people should have been paid.

He called on lead developer ExxonMobil and its project partner Oil Se...


Tanzania cancels license of Barrick, Glencore nickel project "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Another example of a Nation standing up and dictating terms to the international mining companies 

Fumbuka Ngwanakilala | Reuters | 13 May 2018

Tanzania has revoked a retention license for an undeveloped nickel project jointly owned by Barrick Gold Corp and London-listed miner Glencore Plc as part of enforcement of a new mining regime.

The license for the Kabanga nickel project in northwestern Tanzania was among 11 retention licences canceled by the government under the Mining (Mineral Rights) Regulations of 2018, which were approved in January.

A retention license is granted to holders of a prospecting license after they identify a mineral deposit within the prospecting area which is potentially of commercial significance but cannot be immediately developed due to technical constraints, adverse market conditions or other economic factors.

The Mining Commission would like to inform all owners of retention licences that the licences have been canceled, commissions chairman Idris Kikula said in a statement.

Barrick Gold Corp and Glencor...

Tuesday, 15 May


VGM awaits board of inquiry results in Fiji "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Felix Chaudhary | The Fiji Times | 15 May, 2018

ANY steps that could be taken to increase safety at Vatukoula Gold Mines PLC (VGM) will be highlighted during a board of inquiry into the death of Avinesh Ram, a miner who allegedly lost his life during an underground incident last week Wednesday.

This was the word from VGM corporate services manager and special adviser to general manager Dinny Laufenboeck in response to questions raised by this newspaper.

A board of inquiry under the chairmanship of an independent official appointed by the Mineral Resources Department continues into the fatality which occurred underground at the Vatukoula Gold Mines on May 2, 2018, she said.

As this is a legal process mandated by the Mining Act, please address any requests for information to the PS (permanent secretary) for Lands and Mineral Resources.

Recommendations on what more VGM could do in managing risk to employees at Vatukoula will be provided as an outcome from the board of inquiry.

Mr Ram allegedly die...


Treaties Committee critiques PACER-Plus "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Australian Parliaments Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCT) has issued its final report on the PACER-Plus trade agreement. Although the committee recommends that Parliament should ratify PACER-Plus, the report is a telling critique of the treaty, noting: the absence of Papua New Guinea and Fiji from PACER-Plus significantly diminishes the utility of the agreement for Australian business.

For more than twenty years, successive Australian governments have promoted trade agreements with Forum island countries as a central element of regional economic integration as well as poverty alleviation. According to the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, Australias approach to the region is based on helping to integrate Pacific countries into the Australian and New Zealand economies and our security institutions, [as] essential to the long-term stability and economic prospects of the Pacific.

After nearly two decades of preparation and seven years of negotiations, PACER-Plus arrived in June 2017 with a dull thud. As Matthew Dornan noted at the time on the Devpolicy Blog, most post-signing analysis of the deal highlighted the lack of ambition, the failure to lock in labor market access in the binding treaty and the disproportionate benefits for Australia and New Zealand. The Office of the Chief Trade Advisor (OCTA) tried to highlight the benefits of the treaty for Forum island countries, but many commentators were dismissive, with headlines such as Disappointment and lost opportunity and Not much to celebrate.

Former Forum Secretary General Sir Noel Levi, who guided the initial drafting of PICTA and PACER in the late 1990s, was scathing over the outcome of PACER Minus. He decried the lack of leadership by his successors at the Forum Secretariat, for not addressing objections raised by Fiji and Papua Ne...


Oil Search chairman & executives need to stop blame-shifting "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Chris Haiveta - "Oil Search chairman Rick Lee is out of line"

CHRIS HAIVETA | Governor of Gulf Province

KEREMA - The Oil Search chairman and senior management need to stop deceiving the media and collectively own up to the processes that were fast-tracked in an effort to capitalise on Papua New Guinea's resources while leaving PNG landowners stranded with little possibility of promptly receiving royalties.

Oil Search has had a very long relationship with PNG; over 89 years of history. The company has continued to build its empire in PNG with our rich resources and the ongoing acquisitions of major oil and gas projects and concessions from major international brands PNG like Chevron Texaco in 2003.

It has been here long enough to know better than to try and deceive PNG and push false statements.

Oil Search has used the government for its own ends time and again. The transfer of Orogen Minerals, and along with that the State equity in Kutubu and Gobe Projects, to Oil Search by Mekere Morautas government was what made Oil Search, not new discoveries by the company.

Oil Searchs current equity in the Papua LNG project is not from its own money, but the loan that government took to buy shares in Oil Search and to provide it the protection against takeover.

Oil Search chairman Rick Lee is out of line with his comments when discussing the landowner groups and landowners identification process.

The entire reason we are now facing the issues with the delayed royalty payments is based squarely on Oil Searchs lack of ability to correctly communicate and inform both Exxon and the PNG government of its experience of the process and the requirements of the Oil and Gas Act. Mr chairman: you are being misled and fed wrong information to make it look good.

Oil Search must accept that they continue to generate enormous profits from PNG, they receive beneficial tax credits, yet they are trying to push the blame to the PNG government for their lack of corporate governance in managing the process when it comes to the landowner identi...

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