PNG mourns passing of novelist Regis Stella
O’Neill pledges to make most of resource boom

Back off Julia Gillard, says Peter O’Neill

PRIME MINISTER PETER O'NEILL today snubbed pressure from Julia Gillard and Bob Carr that Papua New Guinea should hold its elections in June, saying the timing of polls was up to PNG.

Australia has repeatedly called on PNG to adhere to the 23 June deadline for elections as set out by its constitution.

Yesterday prime minister Julia Gillard tried to increase the pressure by contacting O'Neill directly.

Her office issued a statement saying they "discussed the importance of holding national elections on time".

Gillard said she "welcomed prime minister O'Neill's statements that he supports the election proceeding on time."

But today O'Neill shrugged all that away.

"We appreciate the support of the Australian government, but it is for us to determine where we go with the elections in the coming months," he told the ABC.


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Samuel Bariasi

With respect for Australian government, who has been our help since independence, internal state affairs are for our leaders to decide and act upon.

Election issues are our problem to look into because there is not much of a problem which requires international support.

Australian leaders urging us to comply with their requests is way too bossy.

Australia is very influential in our region in terms of foreign policy but whatever national interest it has, it has to respect the sovereignty of other independent states.

I believe our PM made the right decision in telling them to back off.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)