Bernard Collaery - "The contemptible prosecution of Bernard Collaery is an assault on the rule of law”
NOOSA – When I resigned as president of the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia in January 2009, I continued working on a few projects I did not want to see languish.
One was to gain national recognition of the 1,053 civilian and military prisoners interned by the Japanese in Rabaul who drowned when the prison ship Montevideo Maru was torpedoed on 1 July 1942 en route to Hainan in China.
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PORT MORESBY - Research into prosecutions for corruption in Papua New Guinea reveals that, despite the enormous extent of the misappropriation of public funds, only a tiny number of officials have ever been charged and almost none has been convicted or imprisoned.
This failure is likely one reason PNG shows no signs of overcoming its unenviable reputation as one of the most corrupt nations in the world, and why allegations remain rife of corruption involving political leaders, the powerful and the wealthy.
Continue reading "Plenty of talk, but corruption is worse than ever" »
Port Moresby - PNG is the most corrupt country in the Pacific, but some of the others are giving it a run for its money
| The Guardian | Extracts
Link here to the full story
SYDNEY - One in three people across Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands region paid a bribe when using a public service in the last year, according to a report by Transparency International.
And one in four people have been offered a bribe for their vote in the last five years.
Continue reading "Bribery makes the Pacific’s wheels go round" »
Colonial kiaps brought the law to the people, and often tailored it to align with traditional cultural values and expectations
Making Law in Papua New Guinea: The Colonial Origins of a Postcolonial Legal System by Bruce L Ottley, Jean G Zorn and David Weisbrot, Carolina Academic Press, Durham, North Carolina, June 2021, 526pp. ISBN: 9781531005504. Editions: Kindle AU$68.90; Paperback AU$144.75. Kindle edition available from Amazon here
TUMBY BAY - The period just before and just after independence in Papua New Guinea was a time of optimism and promise.
That Pax Australiana - the institutions built by the colonial Administration - would remain intact, as stable and progressive as they were, was never assumed.
Continue reading "Mismatched law (& the law bringers who made it fit)" »
Medical staff work in haste to treat a Covid patient in Port Moresby General Hospital
NOOSA – As Papua New Guinea’s Covid crisis deepens, it has been revealed that the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) morgue is so overwhelmed a mass burial of 200 bodies is being arranged.
The PMGH official Facebook page announced this morning that the hospital “is reaching a crisis point, with services teetering on collapse unless we are immediately given more support.
Continue reading "‘Patients are lying everywhere, the situation is dire’" »
CAIRNS - What is unfolding in Papua New Guinea is nothing short of a human tragedy on a significant scale.
Superficially the nation’s woes appear to be the result of corruption. But they are more complex than that.
This is not the first time we have witnessed failures of the state and the inevitable outcomes.
Continue reading "Communities only answer to PNG failures" »
ADELAIDE - Over a 40 year career in public service I saw many attempts to reform the organisations that provide it.
All such efforts were aimed in increasing efficiency and productivity and usually required major reorganisations, with changes made according to the ideas or prejudices of the people driving the supposed reforms.
Continue reading "The deliberate corrosion of public service" »
Michael Pascoe, Gladys Berejiklian and Darryl Maguire - "Political corruption has evolved to the extent of politicians claiming it doesn’t matter and voters expect it"
| The New Daily
SYDNEY - Evolution happens. Sometimes it’s fast, turbo-charged by an asteroid; sometimes it’s at the speed of dripping water wearing a channel through rock, but it happens.
Right now we are witnessing a high-speed evolution of political integrity in Australia.
In fairly short order, we’ve gone from a premier grabbing bags of cash and selling knighthoods, to a premier resigning over what might be a matter of diving into the pork barrel to do a mate a favour.
Continue reading "The erosion of Australia’s political integrity" »
Governor Peter Yama - along with family members facing numerous charges in relation to missing millions
MADANG – The governor of Madang Province, Peter Yama, and two of his wives have been arrested in relation to K6 million missing from the Manam Resettlement Authority.
The fund was established to resettle displaced people evacuated from the volcanic Manam island and living in care centres.
The Yama family has experienced 18 arrests in relation to this matter and has had numerous charges laid against members including money laundering, conspiracy, false pretence and, in Yama’s case, abuse of office.
Continue reading "Yama & wives nabbed over missing K6m" »
| PNG Bulletin Online
PORT MORESBY - Not all Papua New Guineans are corrupt and PNG is not a corruption riddled country as portrayed by the international media, says William Duma.
State Enterprises Minister Duma made the remarks after the Federal Court of Australia sitting in Sydney last week entered a defamation judgement in favour of him against the Australian Financial Review.
Continue reading "We’re not all corrupt, says William Duma" »
| Transparency International PNG
PORT MORESBY – Transparency International Papua New Guinea (TIPNG) and the Interim Independent Commission Against Corruption (IICAC) have signed a memorandum of understanding formalising a partnership to develop an anti-corruption strategy for IICAC.
The initiative is part of a TIPNG project to promote anti-corruption and integrity strategies, which is funded by the European Union to restore and reinforce public trust in national integrity institutions.
Continue reading "Transparency signs anti-corruption agreement" »
| Act Now
PORT MORESBY – It has been revealed that a 2017 risk assessment by the Bank of Papua New Guinea found illegal logging in PNG to be a major money laundering threat but that there was a lack of will in the PNG Forest Authority to investigate and prosecute.
A money laundering and financing of terrorism risk assessment by the central bank said that illegal logging generated very large profits and also had a highly detrimental impact on the economy and natural environment.
Continue reading "Ignored report: Illegal logging major crime risk" »
Sam Basil leaves the tribunal accompanied by his lawyer Greg Sheppard
| PNG Post-Courier
PORT MORESBY – Papua New Guinea’s deputy Prime Minister Sam Basil was suspended from leadership duties on Friday by a leadership tribunal hearing into misconduct allegations against him.
Basil, who is also commerce and industry minister, was suspended after his reference and statement of reasons were presented to the tribunal by public prosecutor Pondros Kaluwin.
Continue reading "Sam Basil faces misconduct allegations" »
The K2.7 million hole in the ground near Kokoda (PNG Post-Courier)
| Asia Pacific Report
AUCKLAND - A one meter-deep hole in the ground is all there is to show of an almost K2.7 million state contract project in Papua New Guinea’s Oro Province.
The project was to design and build a community health building with support facilities for Kiorata in Sohe district.
Continue reading "Undelivered contracts cost PNG billions" »
Carolyn Blacklock - senior woman adviser engaged on an Australian government funded program finds herself in hot water
PORT MORESBY – Carolyn Blacklock, former acting managing director of PNG Power, has been arrested by a police criminal investigation team and charged with conspiracy, forgery, false pretence and misappropriation.
The forensic team had been established by police commissioner David Manning to investigate high level financial crimes.
Continue reading "Adviser’s arrest spells trouble all round" »
Download here the full civil society report on the implementation of preventive measures of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in Papua New Guinea
NOOSA – A report by Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) on how the Papua New Guinea government is meeting its obligations under the United Nations Convention against corruption has highlighted “a multitude of deficiencies hindering the successful implementation” of the Convention.
In summary the TIPNG report concludes that the PNG government has been only partially compliant with its obligations.
Continue reading "Corruption report indicts 'deficient' PNG" »
Treasurer Ian Ling-Stuckey used parliament to put reserve bank governor Leo Bakani on the spot (PNG Bulletin)
PORT MORESBY – Papua New Guinea’s Treasurer, Ian Ling-Stuckey, has sent a strong ‘please explain’ to PNG’s central bank governor, Loi Bakani.
Ling-Stuckey minced no words in asking Bakani why he had disassociated the central bank from its own Financial Analysis and Supervision Unit (FASU).
Continue reading "Treasurer confronts Bakani on money-laundering " »
MAI SATO & MATTHEW GOLDBERG
| Monash University | The Conversation
MELBOURNE - On 30 July, the Papua New Guinea supreme court of quashed the national court’s temporary stay of executions for all people sentenced to death.
The judgment has cleared a major obstacle to carrying out death sentences for the first time in nearly 70 years. It makes execution a real possibility for 15 individuals who are on death row.
Continue reading "Is death penalty a real prospect for PNG?" »
ADELAIDE - Jim Moore’s excellent piece, ‘A Baiyer court case. A good kiap reflects’, accurately describes the situation confronting any kiap when trying to administer the law in a fair and just way in those pre-independence years in Papua New Guinea.
When I went to PNG in 1969 I was 18 years old and knew virtually nothing about life generally.
Continue reading "Kiap law was fair, just & adaptive" »
Peter Aitsi - Over a period of years 90% of government agencies have failed to report on how they have spent billions of kina in public funds
| Transparency International PNG
PORT MORESBY – On Tuesday, as Papua New Guinea’s parliament reconvened on Tuesday following a six-month break, Transparency International PNG took the opportunity to highlight multiple failures in accountability by government agencies.
Transparency’s has made public an ‘Accountability Scorecard’ that reveals that the majority of public bodies in PNG had not submitted annual financial statements required by law under the Public Finance Act, with many not reporting for multiple years.
Continue reading "90% of agencies fail to report how billions spent" »
Peter O'Neill - no apologies for K3 billion loan disaster - 'I did what I thought was right for the country'
NOOSA - Papua New Guinea’s former prime minister Peter O'Neill has changed his position on the K3 billion Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) loan debacle, which he has previously asserted was a good idea at the time
Even as successor James Marape blamed him, O’Neill told a Royal Commission inquiring into the spectacularly flawed 2014 deal that shoddy advice from Oil Search Ltd and some government advisers did him in.
Continue reading "Loan a ‘crime against the nation’ says Marape" »
Auditor General Gordon Kega's report on APEC Summit spending is being held back by the Marape government
NOOSA – Papua New Guinea’s energetic community advocacy group Act Now has told the Marape government it must immediately make public the Auditor General’s report on 2018 APEC Summit spending.
The International Monetary Fund has estimated the Summit cost PNG over K3 billion despite being budgeted at what was already an extraordinary K800 million.
Continue reading "Did APEC cost K3b? Marape won’t say" »
Greg Sheppard's lawyers say the charges against him are “politically motivated” and “unlawful" (The National)
| The Guardian
PORT MORESBY - Australian lawyer Greg Sheppard has been arrested for the third time in Papua New Guinea over the alleged misappropriation of 268 million kina from a trust fund linked to the controversial Ok Tedi mine.
Sheppard, a former Queensland crown prosecutor, has previously been charged with eight counts of financial misconduct including money laundering. He was arrested and bailed in January and June.
Continue reading "Expat lawyer charged over alleged K268m fraud" »
Reza Barati was just 23 when bashed to death by Australian guards at a refugee camp on Manus
NOOSA – The parents of Iranian asylum seeker Reza Berati, who died in February 2014 after being brutally beaten at an Australian-run detention centre, have begun legal action over his death.
Berati was 23 when killed by guards in a violent riot at the Manus Island camp that injured 77 other asylum seekers.
Continue reading "Berati family sues Oz govt over Manus murder" »
Loi Bakani - "The Bank of PNG disassociates itself from the statement made by FASU”
NOOSA – Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) has strongly supported PNG’s financial regulator after Central Bank governor dissociated his bank from action it had taken to investigate possible money laundering.
TIPNG chair Peter Aitsi called on the government and the private sector to respect the independence of the Financial Analysis and Supervision Unit (FASU).
Continue reading "Transparency defends besieged regulator" »
Then Treasurer Don Polye refused to approve the deal and was sacked by prime minister Peter O’Neill. Polye is one of the few people to emerge with honour from the scandal
| Australian Financial Review | Extracts
SYDNEY - For the past four months, a royal commission into an eight-year-old deal most Australians have never heard of, in a country that rarely rates a mention, has been quietly chipping away.
Forced online by Covid-19, the inquiry into a $1.3 billion (K3.4 billion) loan extended by the Sydney office of UBS to the government of Papua New Guinea has heard from prime ministers, chief executives, a cabinet minister and top bureaucrats.
Continue reading "UBS's K210 million ‘excess’ on loan: expert" »
| Duresi’s Odyssey
AUCKLAND - I read with great sadness and much anger and frustration about the death of a University of PNG student who was stabbed to death because he refused to hand over his phone to thugs.
Why? Why do such people think it’s OK to go around intimidating others for stuff they want?
Continue reading "Please care about Port Moresby lawlessness" »
Levi Kurakipa - a Sheriff of the Court who served Morobe Province for more than 30 years"
| My Land, My Country | Edited
LAE - His voice was as dynamic as it was the first time I met him, but he had lost a lot of weight and wasn’t doing well.
Levi Kurakipa was a man my reporting team and I came across while covering the evictions of longtime National Housing Corporation tenants in Lae.
Continue reading "Evicted sheriff died fighting for justice" »
The beautiful west coast of New Ireland's Namatanai district where the Kamlapar clan is located
NOOSA - Landowners on the west coast of New Ireland's Namatanai district claim a US-based company is illegally selling carbon credits on the international market that have been obtained by fraud.
The Kamlapar Incorporated Land Group alleges that New Ireland Hardwood Timber (NIHT), and its PNG-registered subsidiary NI Holdings, entered their customary land without clan consent having been engaged by clan members who had no authority to deal with the company.
Continue reading "Namatanai clans fight alleged land fraud" »
James Marape - "“For the first 10 or 15 years we want overseas commissioners and not Papua New Guineans"
NOOSA - There had been indications from Papua New Guinea’s prime minister last year of this stunning change of heart, but now the idea has expanded and shared with Australia.
In a recent meeting with Australian High Commissioner Jon Philp, James Marape disclosed that he favoured a foreign official heading the much-awaited Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Continue reading "Marape’s big call: I want expats in key jobs" »
Finance minister Don Polye was sacked because he refused to sign documents to facilitate the enormous loan agreement
PORT MORESBY – Senior politicians and others who engineered a K3 billion loan to the Papua New Guinea government in 2014 must be held accountable, says former Treasurer Don Polye
In that year the O'Neill government decided to borrow the money, which represented 75% of the PNG budget, from the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS).
Continue reading "Polye attacks men behind K3b UBS loan" »
NOOSA - Papua New Guineans are not alone. More than half of Australians think corruption is commonplace amongst their politicians.
This has been revealed in an Australia Talks national survey commissioned by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in which 60,000 Australians were asked about their lives and what keeps them up at night.
Continue reading "Our politicians are corrupt, say Australians" »
Gregory James Sheppard - charged in relation to K52 million of missing funds of K268 million
| PNG Bulletin Online | Edited
PORT MORESBY - Members of the Special Police Forensic Criminal Investigation Team arrested prominent lawyer Gregory James Sheppard of Young & Williams Lawyers in Port Moresby last week.
Sheppard was taken to Boroko Police Station, interviewed and charged with two counts of misappropriation and another two counts of money laundering in relation to his alleged direct involvement in the transfer of funds amounting to K52 million.
Continue reading "K268 heist: lawyer Greg Sheppard charged" »
UPNG female students protest against sexual harassment on campus (Charlie Dumavi - PNG Bulletin)
PORT MORESBY – A mob of angry male students has disrupted a protest and threatened women objecting to sexual harassment at the University of Papua New Guinea.
The male mob also physically harassed and abused media workers covering the event.
For many years, female students have experienced persistent sexual harassment on UPNG’s Waigani campus.
Continue reading "Male students turn nasty at UPNG protest" »
Don Polye - about to spill the beans on the K4.2 billion UBS loan
NOOSA - Former finance minister Don Polye has provided a stunning statement of evidence to the UBS Commission of Inquiry, now in its third year.
Led by former chief justice Sir Salamo Injia, the inquiry is investigating whether there was any corruption or impropriety in the PNG government obtaining a $1.2 billion (K4.2 billion) loan from the Union Bank of Switzerland in 2014.
Continue reading "Polye's dramatic evidence to UBS inquiry" »
James Marape centre stage at the Transparency International integrity summit
| My Land, My Country
LAE - The head of the Papua New Guinea’s National Fraud and Anti-Corruption (NFAC) Directorate, Mathew Damaru, didn’t mince words.
Last week he told a Transparency International summit that his directorate had been starved of funding.
Continue reading "Why our national integrity is suffering" »
| My Land, My Country
LAE - Opening a large casino in Port Moresby is a dangerous and destructive move. The harm it will cause will be greater on our country will be more than the good it will supposedly bring.
We don’t need that kind of development. There is a time for it, but now is not that time.
Continue reading "PNG just can't handle high-end gambling" »
TRACY GANAII, JUDY PUTT & SINCLAIR DINNEN
| Department of Pacific Affairs | Australian National University | Edited extracts
Link here to read the full case study brief
CANBERRA – This month, in Papua New Guinea’s national parliament, a special parliamentary committee on gender-based violence conducted public hearings and invited submissions to gain evidence on the breadth of problems and steps that could be taken to combat them.
Continue reading "Domestic violence justice: An insight" »
| Mim's Diary
POPONDETTA – On Sunday, I was admitted (again) to hospital, this time at Popondetta General Hospital.
I was down with malaria in pregnancy, so to save myself and my seven-month unborn child we were rushed to the hospital as the illness seemed severe. I was discharged on Monday at noon.
Continue reading "There is no law and order here" »
David Kitchnoge - "Hold our leaders accountable by all means, but don’t unfairly bash the good guys"
| My Land, My Country
PORT MORESBY - I am concerned about increasingly loud, twisted, short-sighted and naive views held by many people about the fight against corruption and bad practice. Some of these views may even be deliberate distractions.
It seems people think the only way to fight the scourge is to jail those who are adjudged as corrupt.
Continue reading "More than one way to defeat corruption" »
Mathew Damaru - the honest cop with few friends and a lot of enemies in high places
| My Land, My Country
LAE - Mathew Damaru, Director of the Police National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate (NFAC), didn’t mince words when he told a Transparency International PNG summit last week the directorate had been starved of funding.
From an annual budget of K1.2 million a few years ago, the directorate is now getting just K350,000 for its operations.
Continue reading "Why our national integrity is suffering" »
| Duresi’s Odyssey
AUCKLAND - I am a Papua New Guinean woman. I am mum to a beautiful young girl child, next generation PNG woman.
Each time I read about heinous crimes committed against PNG women and girls either by people known to them or strangers, it makes my mouth go dry with fear.
Continue reading "We must stop violence against women" »
Imelda Tupi (Gloria Dara)
| Academia Nomad | Edited
'Police have arrested a man who allegedly killed his wife, 10 years his junior. The man told police, “I killed my wife. I know I am in trouble”. Police found the body of the wife, Imelda Tupi, wrapped in blue canvas in the back of a vehicle belonging to the husband. Her father, Tupi Tiamanda, said Imelda had married a doctor' – The National
PORT MORESBY - I’m writing this from my heart… appealing to my brothers, uncles, students, male colleagues and men of Papua New Guinea to respect women, and value their lives.
I’m writing this piece after reading how a professional PNG man, a doctor, killed his wife, wrapped her in a canvas and was on his way to dump her remains when police, conducting routine checks, discovered her.
Continue reading "Let’s talk about violence against women" »
Armed guards at Giligili jail in Alotau. Police have foiled two escape plots by the Tommy Baker gang and have information that a third is planned (PNG Post-Courier)
| My Land, My Country
An open letter to prime minister James Marape
Late yesterday the situation in Alotau was reported as stable but police were expecting another major assault on Giligili prison by the Tommy Baker gang to release 11 members facing charges of arson, piracy and armed robbery. Forty police have been deployed from Port Moresby to reinforce local personnel - KJ
LAE - Dear Prime Minister, I am writing this for your consideration so you might provide counsel and guidance to those in your charge.
The situation in Alotau is spiralling out of control. The trend is dangerous.
Continue reading "Wisdom needs to prevail in Alotau crisis" »
Sir Julius Chan - "“They can do whatever they like. I don’t have anything to hide"
| Source: PNG Bulletin Online
PORT MORESBY - The New Ireland governor and former Papua New Guinea prime minister Sir Julius Chan has been referred to the Ombudsman Commission, Police Fraud Squad and other official bodies for alleged official corruption.
In a joint media release, the members of parliament for Namatanai, Walter Schnaubelt, and Kavieng, Ian Ling-Stuckey, who is also PNG finance minister, said Chan, 82, had been referred by the presidents of five local level governments in the Namatanai electorate.
Continue reading "Chan hit by official corruption allegations" »
| The Guardian
CANBERRA - News broke last week about the horrific attack on two women in Port Moresby after they were accused of sorcery.
Senior leaders and police in Papua New Guinea expressed outrage that such violence was occurring in the nation’s capital.
Continue reading "Sorcery violence is profoundly modern" »
Tommy Baker has masterminded a reign of murder, robbery and intimidation in Alotau since 2013
NOOSA – Milne Bay is a big province with a small police force. The locals are said to be good at harbouring criminals. And the most notorious and successful of these is Tommy Maeva Baker.
Baker, who has developed expertise in guerrilla-style hit and run tactics, heads a gang of up to 100 men who engaged in murder, plunder and arson.
Continue reading "After 8 years of terror, Alotau says ‘enough’" »
| My Land, My Country
LAE - In 2020, we went to each of the 10 health centres in Lae City with forms on which the officers-in-charge stated what medicines were in short supply and for how long the problem had existed.
Each form was signed by the manager.
Continue reading "Speak out! Silence is killing our nation" »
The four objectives of the national strategy on gender-based violence
PORT MORESBY - The gender-based violence (GBV) we struggle with in Papua New Guinea is a result of many activating circumstances.
The number of cases continues to increase. Just on Sunday, two women accused of witchcraft were tortured and burnt with hot irons for hours by 20 men in Port Moresby.
Continue reading "Stop griping & get a grip on GBV" »
Rita Flynn Isolation Centre in Port Moresby - scene of the latest rip-off by public servants raises questions about Marape's willingness to rein in corruption
| Act Now!
PORT MORESBY - The latest scandal over catering services at the Rita Flynn Isolation Centre highlights the Marape government’s broken promises to break the cycle of impunity enjoyed by senior bureaucrats.
The tsunami of corruption that is drowning our nation can only be addressed through greater transparency and public accountability.
Continue reading "Marape promises but corruption continues" »