A PETITION on the Act Now! website, which is trying to get PNG’s Parliament to overturn amendments to the Environment Act, has now reached 500 signatories, and organisers are appealing for more.
They’re asking that people who oppose the changes sign the online petition here.
In late May, the Parliament passed amendments to the Environment Act that contradict PNG’s national goals and undermine the Constitution.
The amendments were passed by Parliament with no prior disclosure; no consultation with interested parties or the wider community; and were not subject to any scrutiny or debate by MPs.
The amendments remove the rights of PNG citizens and give extraordinary privileges to foreign corporations.
· Give the Environment Secretary power to grant environmental approvals without consultation.
· Remove the need to comply with rules or processes set out in the Act.
· Remove rights to challenge the decision in any court or tribunal.
· Remove common law or statutory rights to sue for any damage.
These amendments are oppressive and dangerous because they:
· Remove landowners' legal and customary rights to be consulted and approve activities on their land.
· Remove a citizen's democratic right to challenge executive decisions through the courts.
· Give immunity to foreign companies from liability for environmental damage, even where it is caused unlawfully or negligently.
· Undermine PNG's national goals and Constitutional rights.
PNG Attitude encourages all readers to consider adding their names to the petition here.