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Thursday, 21 June


Indonesia: New Counterterrorism Law Imperils Rights "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Indonesia: New Counterterrorism Law Imperils Rights

Revise Act to Uphold Protections While Meeting Security Concerns

June 20, 2018 7:45PM EDT

(New York) The Indonesian government should seek to amend provisions in the newly enacted counterterrorism law (CT Law) that threaten human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said in a letter sent on June 11, 2018, to President Joko Jokowi Widodo and other officials.

After suicide bombings by attackers aligned with the Islamic State in the city of Surabaya in May, Indonesias parliament on May 25 approved long-pending revisions to the CT Law. While the new law contains some improvements, it risks undermining human rights and could weaken efforts to counter extremist threats.

The Indonesian governments counterterrorism measures should not come at the expense of fundamental rights, said Brad Adams, Asia director. The new counterterrorism law has provisions that will facilitate rights violations by authorities and ultimately undermine public safety.

The new law relies on an overbroad and ambiguous definition of terrorism. The definition could be used to target peaceful political activities of indigenous groups, environmental advocates, and religious or political organizations.

The CT Law also allows for prolonged pre-charge and pre-trial detention that increases the likelihood of torture and other ill-treatment in custody. It extends the period that police can detain terrorism suspects without charge from three days in the 2003 law to a maximum of 21 days. And it permits prosecutors to unilaterally extend pre-trial detention for terrorism suspects from 180 days to 240 days.

The new law has provisions that will facilitate rights violations and ultimately undermine public safety.

Brad Adams

Asia Director

The law empowers authorities to open, examine, and confiscate mail and packages by post or other means of delivery and intercept any conversation by telephone or other means of communication suspected of being used for planning or committing terrorist acts. These provi...


Private sector perspectives on the PNG economy "IndyWatch Feed"

Every year since 2012, Business Advantage PNG has run a survey of PNG business executives. Called the PNG 100 Survey, it is a survey of senior executives from a representative sample of Papua New Guineas largest companies, across all sectors of the economy. While I am not in a position to judge the representativeness of the sample surveyed, the results are certainly illuminating. This article summarises the trends from these surveys, and draws out three lessons, with three graphs.

  1. The last seven years have been full of surprise for PNG businesses

The figure below creates an index of performance against expectations. A value above zero indicates that, for a majority of businesses, performance exceeded expectations in the year shown. A value below zero indicates that a majority underperformed. We all know that the last few years have been a boom-bust roller-coaster, but what is interesting and a good indicator of the severity of this business cycle is just how many businesses have been surprised, first on the upside then on the down. In the boom years of 2011 and 2012, many businesses did better than expected. But from 2013 to 2016, businesses were surprised by the downturn in the economy, with underperformance against expectations especially in 2014 and 2015. It is only last year that performance and expectations were on average aligned.

Business performance against expectations

The index (which can range from -100% to +100%) subtracts the percentage of those who said performance was worse than expected from those who said it was better.

To give some more concrete numbers, in 2012, only 15% of businesses did worse than expected, but in 2015 only 13% did better than expected. Last year, exactly the same proportion did better and worse than expected: 37.5%.

  1. PNG businesses sound positive

PNG businesses have expressed positive sentiment throughout the tough times. The sec...


Fortnightly links: Who Was in Command, Afghanistans deepening migration crisis, 2018 Lowy Institute Poll, and more "IndyWatch Feed"

Two out of three women in PNG experience abuse at the hands of an intimate partner, but volunteers are now offering safe havens across Port Moresby.

A new Australian SDGs website was launched in Sydney last week, and is a centralised platform where case studies and examples of action being taken can be shared openly.

Two Fishes is a new podcast out of Fiji exploring the ideas and stories that make our minds tick.

The 2018 Lowy Institute Poll shows that on average, Australians think 14% of the federal budget is spent on aid and that this should be reduced to 10%, where in reality aid spending is approximately 0.8%. It also has some interesting findings on how Australians feel about Papua New Guinea.

Who Was in Command is a new website containing data on the names, ranks and command responsibilities of security forces in Nigeria, Egypt and Mexico. IRIN reports on how being able to track personnel helps combat rights abuse.

This podcast by four LSE grad students discusses various aspects of global development, from an interesting variety of perspectives.

In Afghanistans deepening migration crisis, the government is trying to help returnees, but the absence of long-term reintegration plans may make the situation even more volatile.

The post Fortnightly links: Who Was in Command, Afghanistans deepening migration crisis, 2018 Lowy Institute Poll, and more appeared first on Devpolicy Blog from the Developm...


The envy that seeks to destroy the progress of women in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


PORT MORESBY - It was such a privilege to sit alongside a group of distinguished Papua New Guineans as we collectively recognised the nomination of the first book authored by PNG women as our countrys nomination for the annual UNESCO Girls and Womens Education (GWE) Prize.

In addition to counterparts and supporters of My Walk to Equality and PNG Attitude, we were joined by Ponabe Yuwa, the Education Departments UNESCO representative and Ambassador Joshua Kalinoe.

The GWE Prize was established by the UNESCO, supported by the Chinese government, in 2016 to reward outstanding efforts by individuals, institutions and other entities engaged in activities to promote girls and womens education.

The prize contributes to two of the United Nations development goals: inclusiveness and equality in education and the achievement of gender equality and empowerment for women and girls.

The successful projects in 2016, the first year, were from Indonesia and Zimbabwe and last year from Thailand and Peru. This years prize will be awarded in October at UNESCOs headquarters in Paris, France.

The My Walk to Equality project team is delighted to be PNGs candidate this prestigious international award.

MWTE is an outstanding voluntary literary project of global quality which consists of contributions from 45 women writers from PNG who originally came together to write a book, published in March last year, and since have undertaken other related projects.

The primary objective of the MWTE project is to encourage girls and women to engage in writing and publishing as a mechanism for social activism in PNG. The project captures the daily challenges and positive contributions made by PNG women to improve the livelihoods of individuals, the community and the nation as a whole.

It promotes the idea that women and girls are not to be left behind but actively included in nation building through achieving the difficult task of gender equality and participation in all aspects of society by women and girls.

Since the publication of MWTE, we have received a number of criticisms from some people seemingly because of the donors and assistance we received in publishing this great book which represented a rare window into the lives of PNG women and the challenges we face and the achie...


Visit to China sparks Australian anxiety, Chinese nonchalance "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

O'Neill & Xi
Peter O'Neill and Xi Jinping

LIU XIN | Global Times

BEIJING As Peter O'Neill visits China, local analysts say well-developed China-Papua New Guinea relations fit the interests of both countries and Australian media should not hype China's threat in the south Pacific region.

During the visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping met with prime minister O'Neill.

"Papua New Guinea, the second Pacific Island nation in the southern Pacific Ocean which stretches across Oceania and Asia, has paid attention to developing ties with Asian countries for ages, said Professor Han Feng, of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

It is natural for PNG to strengthen ties with China, considering China's increasing influence," Han said, noting that PNG is also important to promote the Belt and Road initiative.

He said some Australian experts and media are prejudiced against the Belt and Road initiative and negatively hype China's presence in the area.

But China is promoting the initiative and launching cooperation with these countries under the principle of equality, coordination and transparency.

"China and PNG have strengthened cooperation on infrastructure construction, processing trade and maritime projects recently under the Belt and Road initiative, said Yu Lei, from the Australian Studies Centre at Beijing Foreign Studies University.

The two sides also share common interests in some key issues, including climate change.

"Some countries, especially the US and Australia, are oversensitive and worried about China's increasing presence in the southern Pacific Ocean region since Chinese enterprises have curtailed their dominance in local markets, Yu said.

They can no longer pressure some countries by loan agreements as many turn to China for help," he said, adding that China's financial assistance is without subsidiary conditions.

O'Neill's China trip also comes as Australian foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop said Australia was concerned about Chinese influence in the...


New Goroka Airport a boost to tourism: Tourism Promotion Authority "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The new Goroka Airport will bring in an increased number of tourists to Goroka and Eastern Highlands, says Tourism Promotion Authority chief executive officer and National Airports Corporation deputy-chairman Jerry Agus.
He said this when commenting on the opening of the K110 million Goroka Airport upgrade project on Tuesday June 5 by Prime Minister Peter ONeill (click to watch full interview).

Agus said apart from the terminal, there were other things that made tourism click, if it was to grow in Eastern Highlands.


Retelling old stories tales that keep alive great traditions "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Viviwava: Tales from the Islands by Jordan Dean (illustrations by Tamara Jenkinson), JDT Publications, Port Moresby, 2018. ISBN: 9789980901705, PGK20, US$5, available from Amazon

TUMBY BAY - For people attuned to western traditions of storytelling the legends and folktales of pre-literate societies can often seem confusing.

Quite often these old stories mix reality and the supernatural in unfamiliar ways and make the underlying narratives elusive for western readers.

Re-interpreting these stories for popular consumption without losing their essential meaning and flavour requires great care and skill.

It is not just a case of translating the original language but also fitting the stories into a modern reading context so that people schooled in that style can understand and relate to them.

Literal translations, such as those undertaken by anthropologists, often fail to spark the interests of modern readers.

To prepare a legend or folktale for a modern audience requires someone talented in story telling in their own right.

In short, it requires someone who can grasp the original intent of the story and render it faithfully in written form.

This may sound simple enough but there are many traps. These can range from the temptation to unnecessarily embellish the original story to overreaching so that the story does not accurately reflect the original version.

One of the ways many writers fall into this trap is to introduce inappropriate terminologies from the western tradition.

In the case of traditional legends and folktales you often come across terminologies more appropriate to western fairy tales; chiefs become kings and children become princes and princesses for instance. This sort of thing can have a terrible jarring effect and ruin a good traditional story.

Another example is beginning a story with the age-old fairy tale beginning once upon a time. This really detracts from the essential nature of the traditional story.

A reading of the childrens stories submitted to the Crocodile Prize over the years illustrates this unfortunate proclivity of many Papua New Guinean writers.

Jordan has managed to avoid most of these pitfalls, although there is a king and princesses i...


Nadzab Airport redevelopment to begin in 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Work on the much-mooted Nadzab Airport development in Morobe will begin in 2019 and be completed by 2022, says National Airports Corporation chief executive officer Richard Yopo.

Funding agreements between Japan and Papua New Guinea were signed in 2015 but work has not yet begun on this project, which is planned to be developed as an alternative international airport to Jackson in Port Moresby at a cost of K692 million.

Work was to have begun in 2017 and finished in 2020, but nothing has happened as yet.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) and PNG Ambassador to Japan Gabriel Dusava in 2015 signed agreements for a K578 million loan to PNG for the Nadzab upgrade.

The balance of K114 million will come from the PNG Government. 



New Dawn FM News

The ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS says Bougainville must be selective when choosing leaders to serve them.
He said leader must not serve themselves and their friends and families and completely forget the rest of the population.
President MOMIS made these remarks live on New Dawn FM this afternoon when sending condolences to the families and relatives of the two leaders, the late LEO HANNET and the late MICHAEL LAIMO who passed on this week.
He said the work of leaders is not to go look for job get money to serve themselves.
It is important at this testing time as we approach the referendum for Bougainville for the people to decide the future status of Bougainville to be strong and avoid activities that can derail the peace process when we are just about to complete the journey that we all have suffered and died to achieve.




New Dawn FM News

Reports from Buin is that the former National Member for South Bougainville and Minister for Education, MICHAEL LAIMO passed on at his village today.
The ABG President, Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS when confirming the report said he would be sending his condolence to the family and relatives of the late MICHAEL LAIMO .
He said that he was sad another leader has passed on in a short space of time.
Last week the former Premier for Bougainville, the late LEO HANNET Passed away at the Port Moresby General Hospital.





New Dawn FM News
The secretary for the Bougainville Education Department, DR JUSTIN KEHATSIN says that the students of Hutjena Secondary School were recently sent home because the School had serious water and sanitation problem.
He told New Dawn FM today that this was caused by the continuous power black outs and also their pump had developed mechanical problems.
DR. KEHATSIN said the School will resume classes once these problems have been fixed.
He also called on the parents of students to control them when they are at home and prepare them to return when the school has fixed the problem.




New Dawn FM News
Kieta leaders today called for the body of the late LEO HANNET to be taken to Buin and Arawa before going to Buka and Nissan for his final resting place.
The former chairman of the Central Bougainville Council of Elders, JOHN DONA called New Dawn FM from Arawa that the late LEO HANNET is the last of our former leaders and must be respected by the people of Bougainville.
MR. DONA said that the people of Central Bougainville want to pay their last respect for their hero and want his body to be taken to Arawa.
He also sent his condolences to the family and relatives of the Late LEO HANNET and thanked him for fighting for Bougainville over the years.
Meanwhile, the body of the Late LEO HANNET will be brought to Buka next week for a funeral service to be done at Hahela Parish before he is taken home in Nissan to his final resting place.




New Dawn FM News

ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS today sent his condolence to the family and relatives of the late MICHAEL LAIMO who passed on at his home in Buin today.
Speaking on New Dawn FM this afternoon, President MOMIS praised the effort of the two leaders the late LEO HANNET who passed away last Friday in Port Moresby and the late MICHAEL LAIMO who passed away today, President Momis said that the two leaders served under the North Solomons Provincial Government and late as members of the National Parliament.
The late LEO HANNET also became a member of the Autonomous Bougainville Government.
MR. MOMIS said that the two leaders set examples as leaders and as men of principle who served the people of Bougainville with honesty and integrity.
The President said that two leaders who were committed members to make laws and policies to help the people of Bougainville and not just their few friends and families.
He said that the leaders demonstrated their capabilities and commitment during their term in parliament and not just went there for money to help themselves.
The ABG President said that today is a sad day for Bougainville as the people mourn these two leaders of Bougainville.
President also send his condolences to the families and relatives of the two leaders the late LEO HANNET and the late MICHAEL LAIMO may their souls rest in eternal peace.


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PNGs APEC Venue on Track for Early Completion "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNGs Star Mountain Plaza, which will host leaders from around the world at the APEC forum, is expected to open ahead of its planned schedule according to developers.

The landmark Star Mountain Plaza conference, accommodation and retail development is a multi-use facility, designed to help PNG attract more overseas visitors in future generations.

Mineral Resource Development Companies (MRDC) managing director Augustine Mano says construction on the venue is now expected to be completed in September - two months prior to the start of APEC.

Mr Mano says the project is on schedule due to the efforts of more than 800 team members who have worked in shifts 24 hours a day to ensure its early completion.

This workforce is expected to increase by a further 200 over the next six weeks as the interior fit out progresses.

It has been truly humbling to see the passion and national pride that our local workforce has brought to this project. Their dedication has helped us bring to a life a project which will showcase the best of PNG to the worlds leaders later this year, he says

Mr Mano made the comments during an onsite event with local press and stakeholders who also had the opportunity to tour the venue and hear about the handover of the first phase of construction - the hotel and convention centre.

Our project will be delivered in multiple phases enabling Hilton to gradually assume control, It is with great pleasure that we can officially handover the the first area of the new five star hotel and Kutubu convention centre to Hilton.

Over the coming weeks, more areas of the development will be handed over in the lead up to the final construction completion date on 13 September 2018, he says.

Mr Mano says in addition to the conference venue the introduction of the Hilton Hotel brand to the PNG market marks a coming of age for the nation.

The opening of the 212 room Hilton Port Moresby will have wide ranging and long term benefits for the country.

The first guests will be welcomed at the hotel soon after the construction is completed, he says.

Data from independent reports project the Star Mountain Plaza development to bring in more than $235 million Kina in tourism revenue and other economic benefits over a 20 year horizon.

We are creating a legacy asset for futu...


Decade old story wins GTBanks dusty manuscript contest "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A manuscript written almost ten years ago has been selected as the winner of the Dusty Manuscript Contest; a Prize organized for budding Nigerian writers. Written by Kukogho Iruesiri Samson, the winning manuscript, titled Devils Pawn clinched the top prize ahead of The Orchid Protocol by Onoche Emeka Onyekwena andThe Other Side of Truth by []

The post Decade old story wins GTBanks dusty manuscript contest appeared first on Newtelegraph.


Economics in Two Lessons, Chapter 13 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Thanks to everyone who commented on the first twelve chapters of my book-in-progress, Economics in Two Lessons.

Heres a draft of Chapter 13 on Redistribution

Comments, criticism and praise are welcome.

Earlier draft chapters are available. These arent final versions, as I am now editing the entire manuscript, but you can read them to see where the book is coming from.>Table of Contents>Introduction;.>Chapter 1: What is opportunity cost?>Chapter 2: Markets, opportunity cost and equilibrium>Chapter 3:Time, information and uncertainty>Chapter 4:Lesson 1: Applications.>Chapter 5: Lesson 1 and economic policy.>Chapter 6: The opportunity cost of destruction


Pacific Nations teams push for more home Tests "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Players from Pacific Island nations have called for end of season Test matches to be played in their home countries as part of the code's plans for international expansion ahead of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

The success of last year's tournament across Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand has opened the door for international games to be showcased in a similar way to the NRL taking clashes to regional areas in Australia throughout 2018.

The annual mid-season Pacific Tests, which have been played since 2013, have been based in Sydney's west for the last five years an agreement that will continue next season.

But with the mid-year Denver Test match featuring New Zealand and England kicking off on Sunday, the clash could kick off a new era for international scheduling and locations.

All four Pacific nations teams attended a Pacific Test gala day in Campbelltown on Wednesday and backed the possible expansion of the game involving playing hosts.

Tongan forward Jason Taumalolo told it was only a matter of time before the powerhouse second-tier nation hosted an international fixture.

The World Cup squad travelled back to Tonga following the tournament and were overwhelmed by the support.

"That's one of many things we're trying to achieve is to get a game over there," Taumalolo said.

"There are a lot of Tongan fans in Australia and New Zealand so playing a game back there would only grow the game.

"There wouldn't be a spare seat in the house if it were to happen."

Samoa is in a similar boat to their Tongan rivals but were able to last hosted a game in Apia during the Four Nations tournament in 2016, which coincided with their 30th rugby league anniversary celebrations.

"It was unreal," Samoan prop Sam Kasiano said, after being part of the side that loss to Fiji 20-18.

"I think I scored a try that game. It was just awesome to be able to play in front of our people who live in our country. I think it's time to do it again, we love it wherever we play but being at home is something special."

The Fijian side hosted Australia in a warm-up last year leading into the World Cup, while Papua New Guinea play host to the Prime Ministers XIII annually and co-hosted last year's tournament in spectacular fashion.

"Playing back in PNG, th...


Vanuatu PM to visit Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbul has announced that Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, will visit Australia from 23 to 29 June.

Australia enjoys a close relationship with Vanuatu, with our two nations sharing strong economic, security and people to people links.

The visit will provide an opportunity for Australia and Vanuatu to enhance our strategic partnership and deepen our economic and security cooperation, he said.

Discussions will focus on opportunities to increase bilateral trade and investment. In line with existing areas of cooperation, leaders will also discuss bilateral cooperation on labour mobility, policing and cyber security.

The visit will provide an opportunity to discuss shared regional challenges, such as climate change and transnational crime.

We are committed to stepping up our engagement in the Pacific in support of a stable and prosperous region. As Vanuatus largest bilateral aid donor, we invest approximately $69 million in development assistance annually.

Our cooperation focuses on supporting economic governance, infrastructure, education health, law and justice, Turnbull said in a statement.

Prime Minister Salwai will be accompanied by Marie-Justine Salwai and will travel to Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane as part of the visit.



Indonesia slams UN Human Rights office over planned Papua visit "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Indonesia has criticised the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, saying that his regional office in Bangkok should first coordinate with the government before sending a mission to Papua, instead of demanding immediate access.

"It is deeply regrettable that the staff members of his regional office in Bangkok, instead of coordinating the planned visit with Indonesian authorities, have unilaterally set the dates and areas to visit in Papua and West Papua, while demanding immediate access, Hasan Kleib, Indonesia's permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, said in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement, delivered during a general debate session at the United Nations in Geneva, came in response to a remark by UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, who said the government's invitation to his office to visit Indonesia's easternmost provinces had not yet materialised.

In Indonesia, I am concerned that despite positive engagement by the authorities in many respects, the government's invitation to my office to visit Papua which was made during my visit in February has still not been honoured, Zeid said during the 38th session of the Human Rights Council on Monday.
During his three-day visit to Indonesia in February, Zeid expressed concern over the excessive use of force by Indonesian security forces, harassment, arbitrary arrests and detentions in Papua. He was in the country at the time to meet with government officials, who invited his office to visit the country's poorest region.

According to Hasan, the UN human rights chief informed the Indonesian government that his regional office in Bangkok would represent him on the visit.

In a follow-up, Hasan said staff of the regional office misleadingly acted as if a mutually agreed schedule was already in place for the visit, but that the Indonesian government had yet to grant them access. He added that this conduct was deplorable.

Hasan said Indonesia is still committed to invite Zeid or his office to visit Papua but asserted that the regional office in Bangkok must respect the principles of consent by the host government in the future.

For years, political grievances and an active independence movement in Papua have generated headlines, in spite of the government's focus on economic development to improve the situation.

In a report published in November last year, the Institute for Policy A...


Papua New Guinea Receives Full Ceremonial Honours in China "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea Government and Business delegation, headed by the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, was accorded full ceremonial honours by the Government of China on their arrival in Beijing overnight.

Prime Minister ONeill, Mrs Lynda Babao-ONeill, senior Government Ministers and Members of Parliament, together with a delegation of senior business representatives, now begin a series of engagements that includes bilateral meetings with the Premier and President of China, and current and potential Chinese investors.

Papua New Guinea must reach out and engage with our foreign partners so we can increase trade, stimulate business and create new jobs, the Prime Minister said.

China is now the second largest economy in the world and has enormous market potential for our exports.

This includes exports of oil and gas, but now that we are broadening our own economic base in areas such as agriculture and tourism, we can attract future business from China.

This is important for current economic growth, and even more important, the economy opportunities we are creating for our children and future generations.


National Geographic Lists #Lebanon on its 2018 Best Summer Destinations "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

National Geographic listed #lebanon as one of the top destinations this summer. The list contains the likes of Iceland, Southern Indonesia, Masai Mara, Mongolia and aPapua New Guinea.

Heres what the article said about Lebanon:

Check out the full list [here].


Activists Call for Mass Medical Evacuation from Manus, Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Media Release It is worrying that the latest death on Nauru and the circumstances relating to this event have not been broadcast by the ABC*. Have these events become too commonplace or is the national broadcaster underfunded? Perhaps parts of the ABC (and all its editors) have already been sold. The ABC was informed of

The post Activists Call for Mass Medical Evacuation from Manus, Nauru appeared first on The AIM Network.


Wafi-Golpu Landowners Up In Arms Over New Association "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Post Courier  | June 20, 2018

THREE principal landowner groups of the Wafi-Golpu project in Morobe Province have clarified their position over the controversy surrounding a new association claiming to represent the interest of the project landowners.

The leaders of Hengambu Landowners Association, Yanta Development Association, and Babuaf Landowners Association met last week to address the issue.

The leaders said in a joint statement that the new association created by certain individuals (named) from one of the principal landowner villages and outsiders do not represent the interest of the principal landowner associations and the people the associations represent.

The leaders said the new association was formed by people from outside of the Wafi-Golpu special mining lease area.

They said the association which calls itself Wafi-Golpu Area Landowners Association and business entity Wafi-Golpu Holdings Limited were misleading the p...


Western provincial administrator puts education first "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Education is high on the priority list of new Western administrator Aquila Sampson.

Sampson, in his first media interview on Tuesday June 19 as the administrator, said education remained a major obstacle to development in the countrys largest province.

Aged 53, from Parama Island at the mouth of the Fly River, he was appointed administrator by Cabinet last Thursday.

Sampson did his primary and high schooling in Lae before going to Sogeri National High School and University of PNG where he studied law.

He is currently the acting-Commissioner of the National Lands Commission, and before that, was a deputy state-solicitor.

Sampson, has also worked with national and supreme court judges and the Fly River (Western) provincial government.


Sir Mekere slams O'Neill's China junket "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Member for Moresby Northwest Sir Mekere Morauta has criticised Prime Minister Peter ONeill and delegation who traveled to China yesterday.

Look at the members of the delegation. Is the Prime Minister going to China to sell off our petroleum, gas, fisheries and forestry resources, Ok Tedi, and Bank South Pacific?

It has been reported that the trip will cost almost K7 million at a time when hospitals and health centres are short of medicine; schools, even in Port Moresby, are closing; small businesses are waiting to be paid their bills by the government and retired public servants are waiting for their superannuation entitlements, some dying before their entitlements have been paid.

The trip also comes at a time when the Prime Ministers own province and Hela are in turmoil.

For the first time in the nations history an aeroplane has been hijacked and burned, and civil unrest continues, he said.

Sir Mekere said Mr ONeill should take personal responsibility for the chaos in the Southern Highlands, which stems from the chaos of last years national election.

Put the ongoing landowner issues stemming from his government not paying monies due from the LNG project, the governments refusal to deal with the proliferation of weapons throughout the country, and the recent earthquake on top of the election issues and you have a situation packed with dynamite.

Instead of facing the problems in his own backyard and dealing with the causes of the problems, the Prime Minister runs to China on the biggest begging trip ever 93 people in the delegation, including 50 Chinese, according to the official list.

What on earth are they all going for? To negotiate our becoming a colony of China? Is PM leading a delegation of Papua New Guineans or a delegation of Chinese?, he said.

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Joseph Goebbels was a contemporary of Adolf Hitler and a very smart media personality Hitler used during the Nazi's Reign of Terror.  He was the Minister for Communications and Propaganda and his job was to brainwash the ignorant German population on anti-Semitic views, the superiority of the White and the Nazi race  and many other lies.

Through his persistent lies and propaganda, the Jews were nearly exterminated from the face of the earth. Through his persistent lies and propaganda millions of soldiers lost their lives during the WW1. Only God knows the damages done to human lives and properties  as a result of one cunning persistent liar spreading false  news and propaganda.

Behind this backdrop of history,  I am saddened to see  a Joseph Goebbels look alike in  Sonja Barry Ramoi who without any shame persistently spreading O'Neill's lies and propaganda  through both Social and Main Stream medias on a daily basis.

To be honest,  every time I see a Press Release from Sonja Barry Ramoi I feel like throwing up. Her propaganda and false information are so nauseating and bitterly distasteful.

I am definitely sure Sonja Barry Ramoi  would be reading this post and I would like to appeal to you to stop making a  mockery of Journalism,  human intelligence,  human reasoning and human empathy.

Joseph Goebbels easily  connived his way around with the ignorant mass in those early days. Today we are living in a day and age of enlightenment.  PNGeans are no more "gullible and ignorant" idiots for  you and O'Neill to continue spreading your false  propaganda and lies.

I challenge Sonja Barry Ramoi and O'Neill and his well cushioned cronies and MPs on the Government side  to come down on the ground and see for yourselves the daily struggles every PNGean is facing. Here are a few list for you to get yourselves acquainted with:

1. Sky rocketed cost of living. Go into a shop with a K100 and you will check out at the counter with a small plastic bag  hardly containing enough to take care of a daily meal for an average PNG household...

2. Check out at the fuel pump and see how much a Liter is costing for Diesel and Petrol for poor struggling motorists....

3. Go down to a nearest General Hospital and s...




Those of you who condemned the actions of the people of Southern Highlands in Mendi should have been more scared about the judiciary being compromised

The demarcation in authority and separation of powers between the three (3) arms of Government the Judiciary, Legislature and the Executive is there to protect against apprehension of bias which may emanate from just the Government acting alone.

Unfortunately, this separation of powers has been breached. Breached in that for the first time in the history of democracy as we know it, ordinary citizens can deduce quite correctly that there is an apprehension of bias in the ruling by the Court.

This is quite evident with the recent burning of the Air Niugini aircraft and the Court House in Mendi, Southern Highlands Province.

In any democracy, a vibrant, exceptionally strong and independent judiciary and legal system, free of any influences, corruptible or otherwise, sworn to uphold the rule of law is a fundamental and essential part of the governance system.

 It becomes very dangerous when the judiciary and the legal system become subverted with external influences. Worse still is if their conduct, direct or inferred, renders their integrity questionable. This is because it will create and nurture an environment for dissent. This has been the case in many African Countries, Middle Eastern and South American Countries where coups, civil unrest and violence have been perpetrated by the general populace against Governments. This has become apparent in PNG.

Special Circumstances? What Special Circumstances? Were those boxes destroyed in a fire or a natural phenomenon that rendered the boxes and their contents unavailable to be counted thus ruling it to be special circumstance?

 Did the contents of the boxes mysteriously disappear without any physical evidence of tampering of the ballot boxes making it impossible to count? If it is neither of these circumstances, it cannot be deemed special circumstance in which case it must be by law.

But what law? Ir could it be that because Gamato may have declared the election of William Powi relying on special circumstance, the Court merely upheld that decision. But this is a case against the decision by Gamato so we go back to the...


Commercial values are a key driver of Zero Deforestation policies (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

According to a recent report created for the Prince of Wales Sustainability Institute, there are now more than 470 companies with commitments to ensure their company is not linked to deforestation. These are commonly known as Zero Deforestation Policies (ZDPs). With increased small-scale deforestation in Amazonia, approximately 4,000 hectares recently cleared in Indonesian Papua for palm development, and increasing pressure on forests in Sub-Saharan Africa attributed to palm oil expansion, it is clear these policies are not (yet) having their intended impact. A recent investigation into the role of commercial, company, personal, and environmental values in ZDPs explores a less frequently considered contributing factor to why this is the case: the values of the corporate decision-makers who are responsible for implementing ZDPs. Why look at the role of values in ZDPs? Because there is a mismatch between rate of forest loss and pace of policy, regulation, and technological developments to protect forests, and this discrepancy suggests it is worthwhile to consider more fundamental drivers of change in order to end deforestation. Values, commonly defined as the metrics we use to choose and rationalize actions and to appraise people and events, might be just such a fundamental driver. Often-cited policy tools such as national forest preservation laws and reforestation programs, the UNs REDD+ program, and laws to minimize illegal logging are slow, according to a 2017 study, and non-binding with limited impact, as a 2014 study found. Even when the policy, legislation, or regulation mechanism to stop deforestation is sound, effective


SWP: using incentives to lift recruiter performance "IndyWatch Feed"

The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) continues to grow. Figures for this financial year to the end of April 2018 show 6,573 SWP visas have been approved. This compares with 6,166 visas approved in total for the full 2016-17 financial year. Moreover, most workers do very well under the scheme. When the World Bank asked 400 Pacific workers how satisfied they were with the SWP, the average score was 8.6, on a scale of one to ten. Similar smaller surveys of Timorese workers found that 96% were satisfied, with 68% very satisfied. In Vanuatu, a survey of 100 returned workers showed that all of the women and 91% of men were satisfied.

That said, this is no time for complacency. It is not clear that arrangements that support a few thousand workers will support the much larger number that could enter Australia both under the Seasonal Worker Programme and the much larger Pacific Labour Scheme. Moreover, while some countries are doing very well under the SWP (Vanuatu, Tonga, Timor-Leste), others are missing out (PNG, Solomon Islands).

The SWP also continues to be subjected to both generalised and specific claims of exploitation in the media. There are also complaints about recruiters in sending countries scamming potential workers. These incidents undermine the development benefits of the scheme, as well as wider community acceptance of the value of the SWP in Australia and in sending countries.

In responding to these problems, so far the focus has been on compliance across the horticultural industry, which is appropriate given the higher number of backpackers working on farms, and their greater risk of exploitation. Victoria, Queensland and South Australia are all introducing labour hire licensing.

There are also SWP-specific responses. One recently-announced reform is the piloting of a 24/7 information line for seasonal workers. It success will depend on how well the information the hotline receives is processed and acted on.

These are all positive moves, but what more could be done? A recent book Merchants of Labor: Recruiters and International Labor Migration by Professor Philip Martin reviews the global experience of the approximately ten million workers who cross international borders...


For women, selling betel nut can come at a heavy price "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Woman selling betel nut at Goroka market (NPR)
A woman betel nut seller at Goroka Market

DURRIE BOUSCAREN | National Public Radio (USA)

GOROKA - The women are mostly in their early 20s. They have children at home. Selling betel nut an addictive, natural chew to passers-by in mountain towns of Papua New Guinea is a good way to earn a living.

But the extra income sometimes comes at a heavy price: violent beatings by their spouses. Two out of three women in Papua New Guinea experience abuse at the hands of an intimate partner at least once in their lifetime, according to the World Health Organization and aid groups.

Betel nut sellers in Goroka, the main city in the Eastern Highlands, say physical violence is particularly common in their marriages.

"If I give him my earnings, he leaves me alone," says Mala, 20, who sells betel nut and other goods in Goroka. She's talking about the man she married when she was 12.

"But if I refuse and argue that I am sitting in the sun and working hard to earn an income, he gets angry and hits me," she adds. Like other women interviewed, she asked to be identified only by her first name for privacy and out of fear of her husband.

A dirt road near the Goroka airport leads to a squatter settlement down the hill. Dozens of women preside over stacks of vegetables on blankets or sell fried eggs out of big plastic containers. About 80 percent of Papua New Guineans participate in the informal economy, but betel nut sellers say they're often singled out by authorities and fined for making sales in the street. They are also harassed by criminal raskol gangs, who demand free cigarettes.

Betel nut is the pit of the walnut-sized fruit of an areca palm tree. In Tok Pisin, one of the major national languages, it is called buai. The nut is chewed throughout the Pacific islands for a high similar to nicotine, and about as addictive. It is also carcinogenic and is believed to contribute to Papua New Guinea's high rate of mouth cancer, the most common type of cancer in the country.

In the h...


The early days of Papuan rugby league: Friday nights at the PRL "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua v New Guinea 1964
Program for the annual Papua versus New Guinea encounter, 1964


SYDNEY - In the 1960s and 1970s there was only once place to be in Port Moresby on Friday night, well during the footie season anyway.

The place was the Papuan Rugby League ground in Boroko, play starting with Reserve Grade at six followed by A Grade at nine, usually finishing around 10.30 which gave most club members four or five hours to get well lubricated.

Although there were only five A Grade clubs the standard of play was high and supporters very committed to their teams. As the consumption of alcohol escalated, so did the noise of barracking.

But, as tough and skilled as were the games, the real action took place after the final whistle of A Grade. The downstairs area of the club became a venue for Games Night, each club taking it in turn to run the events which were a valuable source of funds.

The games included Under and Overs, Crown and Anchor and, later in the evening, Two Up. As you would expect, the mix of alcohol, parochialism and gambling created a heady atmosphere although ever vigilant club officials made sure fights rarely occurred within the gambling area. After all, if things got out of hand, they could lose a lot of money and the revenue from these nights was essential. (Rugby League in PNG was professional even in those days.)

Out in the car park, however, things sometimes got out of hand and drunken brawls were fairly common though generally quickly contained.

The last thing the PRL wanted was to attract the attention of the police, who generally turned a blind eye to the gambling but would clamp down if the fighting got too bad.

The players were a mixed bunch. Many came to PNG mainly to play league, lured by job offers and lucrative match payments. Then theyd stay on for years, often after their playing careers ended.

Their expertise added greatly to the quality of the game in PNG and many also contributed in other areas. However others were short termers, some of dubious backgrounds.

For a while, un...


A little known breed - those patrol officers of the Australian bush "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Fitz - Desert camp
An Australian patrol officer's desert camp


TUMBY BAY Its often thought that the patrol officer system was unique to Papua New Guinea but similar systems existed in different parts of the world, especially in African colonies administered by the British.

There was also a patrol officer system in Dutch New Guinea before the Indonesians took over.

And patrol officers also worked in remote parts of Australia amongst our indigenous people.

The patrol officers in Australia were mostly employed by the Commonwealth Government in the Northern Territory but a few states also had their own patrol officers.

Quite a few of them trained alongside kiaps going to Papua New Guinea at the Australian School of Pacific Administration in Sydney and some of them switched between the Australian and Papua New Guinean services.

In Australia they were mainly active in the remote areas of the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia, particularly where there were large Aboriginal reserves.

One of their most significant roles occurred in South Australia and Western Australia during the British atomic bomb tests of the 1950s and later at Woomera and Maralinga during the rocket testing programs of the 1960s.

Two men stand out during this period, Patrol Officers Walter MacDougall and Bob Macaulay.

Walter MacDougall was appointed in 1947. He was an impressive figure, standing 1.9 metres tall with red hair, craggy face and eyes of bright transparent blue that would blaze when he was upset.

One hand had been disfigured when he blew off a thumb and forefinger in an accident with a Winchester rifle.

Macaulay, who was appointed in 1956, was dark haired and shorter with a studied manner and a seemingly inexhaustible patience. He had come to the job upon the recommendation of Professor AP Elkin of Sydney University, under whom he had completed an honours degree in anthropology.

Their patrol area was more than a million square kilometres and patrols often covered 1,...


Indonesia Shuts Out UN Rights Chief From Papua "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Indonesia Shuts Out UN Rights Chief From Papua

No Follow-Up to Official Invitation to Troubled Region

What is the Indonesian government hiding in Papua?

Phelim Kine

Deputy Director, Asia Division

Thats the question raised by the governments seeming refusal to make good on an official invitation promised to the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Raad Al Hussein, to visit Papua and West Papua provinces (collectively referred to as Papua).

On Monday, Zeid issued a statement saying he is concerned that despite positive engagement by the authorities in many respects, the Governments invitation to my Office to visit Papua which was made during my visit in February has still not been honoured.

The Indonesian governments apparent unwillingness to allow Zeid to investigate human rights conditions in Papua should come as no surprise. Indonesian authorities have consistently blocked foreign journalists and rights monitors from visiting Papua. Those restrictions defy an announcement made in 2015 by Indonesias President Joko Widodo popularly known as Jokowi that accredited foreign media would have unimpeded access to Papua. The decades-old access restrictionson Papua are rooted in government suspicion of the motives of foreign nationals for reporting on the region, which is troubled by a small-scale pro-independence insurgency, widespread corruption, environmental degradation, and public dissatisfaction with Jakarta. Security forces are rarely held to account for abuses against critics of the government, including the killing of peaceful protesters.

The limbo of Zeids Papua invitation has dampened hopes raised in March 2017, after the government allowed a UN health expert to make a two-day official visit to Papua, that Indonesia would end its reflexive prohibition on travel to the region by foreign human rights monitors. Instead, Zeids experience is reminiscent of 2013, when then-UN independent expert on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue,...



New Dawn FM News
The ABG Law and Justice sector today farewelled DAVID LAMBOURNE who worked as a legal advisor to the Law and Justice Department from 2014.
He was officially farewelled last night at the KUKUL Beach Club where presents and speeches were made.
Today, before he boarded the Air Niugini flight to Port Moresby, the ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS presented an Award for his distinguished services to the Government of Bougainville.
In his farewell remarks, President Momis thanked him for helping Bougainville and wished him well in his new job in another Pacific state the republic of KIRIBATI.
President Momis said that Bougainville was privileged to have MR. LAMBOURNE as advisor in which new Bougainville lawyers have been supported to gain experiences in the Law and sector.
Meanwhile, MR. LAMBOURNE also said that he was also happy to have gained some experience whilst working in the Bougainville.




New Dawn FM News

The Joint Technical Team that prepare agendas for the JSB has recommended 39 recommendations to be put to the PNG Prime Minister, PETER ONIEL and ABG President CHIEF DR. JOHN MOMIS at the next Joint Supervisory Body (JSB) meeting confirmed for 28-29 June in Arawa.
The recommendations cover wide range of issues under the Bougainville Peace Agreement including referendum and post referendum issues, fisheries, outstanding grants owed to Bougainville, weapons disposal and border control.
These 39 recommendations will support the JSB to be a more effective forum for progressing referendum preparations and resolution of issues between the two governments under the Bougainville Peace Agreement.




New Dawn FM News

Power consumers have been advised that PNG Power will be carrying out emergency four hourly load shedding as of tomorrow until further notice.
This load shedding is because the PNG Power house is short of fuel to run its generators.
The power load switching will be as follows,
1, Sub Station Nine at Paddock will be switched off at 0800hours and power will be restored at 12Midday.
2,Sub station DOF at MALABOLO/HIGHWAY will be off at 0830 hours and will come on at 1230 hours.
3, Substation DOF at MOTMOTO/KOKOPAU and Ramazon line will be switched off at 0900 hours and and should be restored by 1300 hours.
4, SS 6 at the Buka market will go off at 0930 hours and power should come on at 1330 hours.
5, SS 7 at RABANZ will go off at 1000hrs and should be back by 1400hours.
6, SS2 at the Buka airport will be switched off at 1300 hours and power should be restored by 1700hours.
PNG Power advises the general public that the scheduled switching is subject to change without notice.




New Dawn FM News
Many voters were turned away today at the Buka urban Community government election in Buka town because their names were not on the common roll.
According to one senior staff from the Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commission this is due to many voters not enrolling for the urban community government election.
He said one could be that their names were under Tsitalato Community Government and never transferred to the Buka urban council common roll.
The officer said those who do not have any names cannot vote in the urban community government election.
Meanwhile, Some people complained that if the Electoral Commission cannot register names on the small community government election roll how will they register all Bougainvilleans to vote at next years referendum.





New Dawn FM News

TWENTY THREE Urban Community Government wards are having polling this week for the four Urban Community Governments on Bougainville.
They are Arawa with six wards, ARAWA ONE TO SIX, Buin with Six wards, Buin North East, Buin North West,Buin town East, Buin Town West,Buin North and Buin South.
Kokopau with five wards,Munanga,Manob,Bonus, Kokopau town and Patuna.
Buka with six wards,Hutjena,Kubu/Hahela,Ieta/Airport,Ieta,Buka town and Sohano island.
According to the polling schedule, Polling in all centres started yesterday and will end tomorrow.
And counting will start after polling and the seats will be declared.
New Dawn FM understands that two seats within Buka urban have been declared due to the candidates standing unchallenged.




Ol Hela papa graun i kukim ol LNG projek masin na ol container "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Updated 19 June 2018, 16:36 AEST

Ol polis long Papua New Guinea highlands i nau wok long investigetim ol attak long Hela provins we i lukim sampela lain ibin kukim sampela container na sampela masin blong PNG LNG projek.


Morautas Fake News an Attempt to Mislead Public Debate : O'Neill "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Prime Minister, Peter ONeill  has condemned more fake news from the Member for Moresby North West, and former Prime Minister, Sir Mekere Morauta.

PM ONeill said there are standards of public conduct that are expected of former Prime Ministers, and the Moresby North West Member is failing.

The people of this Nation are tiring of the undignified behaviour of the former PM, and again on social media he is ignoring fact and posting fake news, the Prime Minister said.

He has lied about infrastructure projects, lied about Papua New Guineas engagement with China, and totally ignored the failed response by his government to law and order issues.

Is Mourata the same person responsible for death of four students under his administration? Yes, he is.

He did not resign when four students were killed when he was Prime Minister, so what is he talking about now after property was destroyed in Mendi.

This is a hypocritical and self-serving person who is living in the past and has never cared for the Nation, just his own self-interest.

When it comes to current law and order issues, he has no solutions, just political rhetoric.

The Prime Minister said on the issue of infrastructure development and engagement with China, Morautas fake news and failure to recognise the previous Governments international engagement are embarrassing for the former PM.

He simply ignores that when he was PM, Morauta supported greater foreign investment and partner support for funding the development program. So why has he changed his tune and would see our Nation ignore investment and development opportunities with the second largest economy in the world? The simple answer is self-serving political grandstanding.

He attacks what he calls the tearing up good roads, but this is fake news as he fully well knows, the rehabilitation of the Poreporena freeway is long overdue as it is potholed, cracking and unsafe. What he fails to admit is that the Poreporena Freeway rehabilitation is a gift of the Government of China at no cost to Papua New Guinea.

Morata makes false claims that the upcoming Official Visit to China will cost 7 million Kina, and this is an absolute lie. The private sector is paying its own way to China on the charter, and this is covering most of the cost of the official delegations travel.



O'Neill calls on people in Southern Highlands to respect the law "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

There is no excuse for a few individuals acting in way that is a national disgrace"
The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, has demonstrated the importance of meeting a challenge head-on when he visited Mendi, in Southern Highlands Province today.

After several days of unrest in Mendi town, followed by the Prime Minister working with parties to restore calm, it was important that he speak directly with the people.

The Prime Minister called on all people in the Southern Highlands Province to show respect for the law.

There is no excuse for a few individuals acting in way that is a national disgrace.
We cannot change what happened, but we can all take charge of the future.

The State of Emergency Controller has been appointed, and he is taking control and will enforce law and order in the Province.

PM ONeill said the people of the Southern Highlands have raised concerns with him and these will be properly followed up.

I have listened to the concerns relating the Electoral Commissioner in regards to the conduct of the election for the Southern Highlands Regional seat.

Leaders have given me their views and I will see to it that these claims are properly heard.

The crowd of around 5,000 was calm and relatively relaxed considering the past weeks tension, and all the leaders who spoke welcomed the presence of the Prime Minister.


Adex Wera out, Olam to fullback for PNG Kumuls match against Fiji Bati "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Adex was suspended by the QRL Judiciary for two matches. That means he will miss this weekends Pacific Test and the next SP Hunters game,
The PNG LNG Kumuls preparation for this Saturdays Pacific Test against Fiji Batis was dealt another blow today when fullback Adex Wera was suspended by the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) judiciary for two matches. This follows the withdrawal of Nene McDonald by the St George Illawarra Dragons medical team for a shoulder injury.

PNG LNG Kumuls Coach Michael Marum said from Campbelltown this afternoon that Wera was cited for a biting charge in last Fridays ISC game against Ipswich Jets and will sit out the next two games.

Adex was suspended by the QRL Judiciary for two matches. That means he will miss this weekends Pacific Test and the next SP Hunters game, Marum said.
He said Wera will return to Port Moresby tomorrow. Its too late in the week now to get a replacement for Adex to join the camp, Marum said.

Marum has named Justin Olam at fullback with Junior Rau to debut as Kumul No. 285 on the wing. Rhadley Brawa becomes Kumul No. 286 when he runs on off the bench.

The team is:

1. Justin OLAM

2. Junior RAU

3. Thompson TETEH

4. Willie MINOGA

5. Richard PANDIA

6. Lachlan LAM

7. Watson BOAS

8. Stanton ALBERT

9. James SEGEYARO - Captain

10. Luke PAGE

11. Rhyse MARTIN

12. Nixon PUTT




15. Rhadley BRAWA

16. Enock MAKI

17. Ase BOAS

Coach: Michael MARUM

The game against Fiji kicks off at 4pm at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday. This will be followed by Tonga vs Samoa at 7pm.


Hela has many mountains of underdevelopment to climbA message to the people of Hela from James Marape "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


I appeal to our citizens in Angore , Hides and Komo areas to cease the use of threats, intimidation and guns as a means of getting your grievances heard and settled.

I say this in light of the blockage and looting that took place on the fringes of Angore and Hides gas fields yesterday.

I know the present issue they have is a K20 million claim for Angore township and another K12 million for their business development grant allocated in 2011, which is presently locked in court by the doing of one of their own tribesmen.

Our people must restrain from threats and intimidation.

If genuine issues remain outstanding, then civilised dialogue is the way to go for us now and into the future.

Whilst there might be some elements of genuineness in those issues raised, the continuous use of unlawful means to secure attention is repulsive.

This in the face of many issues our Government must handle not only for Hela and Southern Highlands, but the entire country.

The ONeill-Abel Government is not far from you landowners.

In fact, on record we are the most-fulfilling Government in the history of our nation responding  to the plight of many of our landowner issues.

This not only in oil and gas areas but mining as well in terms of delivering to outstanding commitments.

The  ONeill Government has signature policies like greater free carry equity empowerments.

For Hela and Southern Highlands, our gas and oil fields have been producing since 1990.

Yet,only after 2012 are we seeing serious signs of development happening or about to happen.

Has Tari ever seen a sealed road?

 No,but it started to happen after 2012.

From what I am told, the Halimbu-Nogoli Road sealing was to have seen its first laying of bitumen yesterday but the uprisings of Angore forced its closure again.

This project was awarded in 2015, but lawlessness continues to hamper work.

I appeal to our local leaders of youths, clans, and PDLs as well as leaders of facility site areas like Komo and the Pina plant siteUse myself and my two colleague MPs and our Governor to be your middlemen with National Government in a peaceful way to get your grievances out to National Government.

If genuine legitimate commitments arent responded to, then I will be the first to support you tribesmen for court action as a final resort but not the use of violence and destructions.

So far, I have received no invitation personally to hear your issues and relay to Government.

How then can you say Government has not been resp...


Australias pitiless migrant policy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Unfortunately behind a paywall but sent to me by my moronic former mate who now breathes the air in Silicon Valley and drives three Mercedes and a Porsche. The article is also from the Financial Times in the UK which, as we know, is a model to us all.

Australias pitiless migrant policy no model for the EU

Matteo Salvini, Italys interior minister, has provoked outrage across Europe with his refusal to let the Aquarius, a rescue ship carrying hundreds of migrants, dock in an Italian port. The Spanish government has had to step in to give the boat a safe harbour.

Mr Salvinis move has been described as unprecedented. But for watchers of Australian politics, it is alarmingly familiar. During a tumultuous Australian election in 2001, a Norwegian freighter, the MV Tampa, rescued more than 400 distressed asylum seekers in international waters. John Howard, the then prime minister, refused the captain permission to enter Australian waters, and ordered special forces to seize the vessel when he did so anyway.

The Tampa affair stands out as a moment when Canberra explicitly adopted the view that Australia could no longer afford to observe humanitarian norms. Within a few months, the first elements of the Pacific solution, which involved forcing boats back to Indonesia and detaining asylum seekers in Nauru, an island nation 750 miles offshore, were in place.

There are worrying signs beyond the eerie Aquarius-Tampa parallel that the EU is heading down a similar path. Last year, Emmanuel Macron, the French president, floated the idea of keeping migrants away from Europe by creating hotspots to handle asylum requests in north Africa. The German interior ministry has also mooted the advantages of eliminating the prospect of reaching the European coast.

The temptations of such a policy for European politicians are clear. A steady stream of refugees to Europe has fed the rise of populist parties, including Mr Salvinis League and Alternative for Germany. Meanwhile, Australias policy has largely achieved its objective: to stop the boats. European leaders are drawn to the humanitarian defence for this hardline approach: that stopping the boats means fewer drownings.

They should resist. Australias refugee policy has become notorious for its brutality. The Nauru detention centre has seen hunger strikes, suicides and hundreds of accusations of abuse. A separate centre on Manus Island last year had its water and power cut off. Amnesty International has called the policy a human rights catastrophe.

Few in the EU would defend the extreme brutality of Australias system but in 2001 not many Australians would have either. The logic of deterrence naturally escalates: Australia introduced mandatory detention of unlawful non-cit...

Tuesday, 19 June


Angore landowners set LNG machinery on fire in more PNG unrest "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Charred machinery at the PD8 LPG development site in Hela province, PNG Highlands. Image: Michael Passingan/PNG News

Pacific Media Centre | 20 June 2018

In a show of frustration over the nonpayment of a business development grant, Angore landowners in Hela province have set fire to the massive Hides development LNG machinery on PDL 8 site as unrest continues in Papua New Guineas rugged Highlands region.

The destruction includes an excavator and a drilling machine while sections of a highway leading to PDL 8 have been dug up, reports the PNG Post-Courier.

In other developments:

  • Prime Minister Peter ONeill and Members of Parliament, including ministers...



One of the top brains of this country, Sir Mekere Morauta once described the scale of corruption in this country as Systemic and Systematic. Many others have labelled it as having permeated throughout the fabrics of the society. Corruption is said to have widespread in Government and is prevalent in how businesses are conducted both in private and public sectors. 

We are experiencing unprecedented number of prosecutions of leaders both by police and the Ombudsman Commission. These are leaders mandated by our people but the law is keeping a check on their exercise of powers. Eventually, their fate will be ultimately determined by the judiciary. Thanks to the Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika, who is an unapologetic member of the bench and sending a strong message with the number of people he is sending to jail. Sir Salika seems to be motivated to send wrong doers to jail and has no time hunting escape routes for criminals. 

The judiciary, though the third arm of the tripartite system of Government, enjoys a further constitutionally entrenched independence.  In principle, the other two arms of Government supposed to provide check and balance on the judiciary. Nonetheless, nobody outside of National Judicial System including the Minister for Justice has any power to give directions to any court, or to a judge of any court, in the discharge of their judicial functions. The judicial powers that the judges exercise is the peoples power vested in them by the Constitution. Each judge takes an oath of office, promising to uphold the law and deliver justice without fear or favour.

At the decline of public confidence and trust on the other two arms of Government (Legislature and Executive), the judiciary has become the last bastion of hope for the people. Every other Legislative and Executive decisions are increasingly subjected to judicial scrutiny.  This has elevated the judiciary to be more powerful and incompatibly superior to the other two arms of government.

International and regional human rights instruments recognise as fundamental the right of everyone to due process of law, including a fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal established by law.

It's beneficial to have an independent judiciary. The question is who effectively scrutinises the judicial functions? Those who ar...


New Western Provincial Administrator on his appointment and challenges "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Lawyer Aquila Sampson has been appointed by Cabinet as Provincial Administrator of Western, putting to rest controversy over the position since the jailing of former provincial administrator Modowa Gumoi in Nov 2016.
Sampson was chosen from a shortlist of three names submitted to Cabinet by the Western provincial executive council.
Here he speaks about his appointment and the challenges ahead:


In disasters, violence against women is the huge, often hidden story "IndyWatch Feed"

After her sons murder, Miriam* finally fled her village in Myanmars conflict-ravaged Rakhine State. Even as Miriam escaped, the few precious belongings she could grab were snatched from her, and she recalls how she was forced to drink water from bamboo to survive the long trek to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Of the nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees that have crossed into Bangladesh since August 2017, well over half are women and girls, and many, like Miriam, have reported grave human rights abuses.

The Rohingya refugee crisis is extreme, yet violence against women and girls occurs everywhere, in both developed and developing nations. Worldwide including here in Australia on average one in three women face some form of violence at some point in their lives. Cases spike dramatically amid emergencies, but far too often go unreported. In this, the 21st century, rape is still used as a weapon of war, and fear, shame and stigma stops many survivors from speaking out.

And for refugees like Miriam, the risks arent over when they reach relative safety. Forced to live in makeshift camps filled with uprooted, often traumatized people, exposure and the threat of lawlessness increase the risk of violence. In desperate situations like these, where people often have just the clothes on their backs, forced marriage, child marriage, trafficking, exploitation and cases of women selling sex to survive, typically rise. This is why, in any crisis, upholding the safety and dignity of women and girls who have survived violence, or are at risk of suffering it, must be front and centre in relief efforts.

As the monsoon rains set in over the sprawling Rohingya refugee camps in Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh, Miriam has finally found some security and respite in one of the special women-only spaces set up by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), with support from the Australian government. For women who have lost everything their homes, families, livelihoods and not least their dignity there, they know that they are safe, that they have support and that they have each other.

Now, with the help of a trained counsellor, Miriam says shes working through the grief at the loss of her son and feels comfortable enough in the space to start putting plans together for her surviving family.

I have peace when I come here, she says. I get mental and physical support, and when I needed to go to the hospital, they referred me and came with me.


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