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The bringing of law in an unfamiliar clime

Kerry Dillon
Kerry Dillon - at 22 plunged into the intricacies of bringing western criminal justice to Papua New Guinea

KEITH JACKSON

The Chronicle of a Young Lawyer by Kerry Dillon, Hybrid Publishers, August 2020, 384pp. ISBN: 9781925736410, $35. Available from Booktopia & all good bookstores, www.hybridpublishers.com.au and as an ebook from Amazon, Kobo, Google Books and Apple iBookstore

NOOSA – In 1970 I was the 25-year old assistant manager of Radio Rabaul, my main responsibility being running its news service.

For most of my time at the station my staff consisted just of me.

The Mataungan Association, a proto-independence movement, was in full cry and its legitimate call for social equity and fairer land apportionment for the Tolai people was mixed with the illegitimacy of rebellion and violence.

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Law & the unfairness we face

FlagA G SATORI

FACTION - I sidled up to Ve’ Maghe working on his next piece of writing or legal argument.  He was engrossed in penning a few lines and did not look up.

I’d been friends with Ve’ Maghe for a long time and had been around him so long I think he could recognise my smell, especially the lavender cologne that I liked to wear.  It was registered in his brain.

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We must rebuild a Hela worthy of forebears

Tari student killed & grieving schoolmates
The murdered Tari student and his grieving schoolmates

SHILA YUKULI PAIA

ADELAIDE – We have joined in grief with students of Tari Secondary School to mourn the loss of a young man, inspired to be educated and become a leader, whose life was cut short - slaughtered in the name of tribal revenge.

Hela proudly became a separate province of Papua New Guinea in May 2012 and we hold in the highest respect the founding fathers for giving back to our generation the true Hela identity.

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Not safe for women

Final-year-UPNG-law-student-Olto-Thomas (ABC)
Final year UPNG law student Olto Thomas and her sign that caused a public outcry (ABC)

GEEJAY P MILLI

PORT MORESBY - I am so glad that a simple placard not even intended to stir up anything exploded into a nationwide conversation around security, safety and gender-based violence (GBV).

Let’s be honest, we need to have this conversation. The message the young woman Olto Thomas wrote – “PNG is not safe to live as a female” – was not an attack on anyone, regardless of gender.

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Scammers are on the rise again

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Nigerian scammers hard at work trying to steal your money

PHILIP FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - I received an interesting email this morning. It came from Nigeria telling me I had won US$70 million in a lottery I had never entered.

It wasn’t so much that this was obviously a scam but that it came from Nigeria.

I haven’t had a scam email from the west African country in over two years. Once upon a time they were almost a daily event.

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ICAC will not be politically independent

Eddie Tanago (2)
Eddie Tanago says the new ICAC law will bring the anti-corruption commission under the control of politicians

EDDIE TANAGO
| Act Now!

PORT MORESBY – Papua New Guinea’s proposed Independent Commission Against Corruption will not be free from possible political interference under the terms of the draft bill to be debated in the next session of parliament.

The prime minister will chair and the leader of the opposition will be a member of the committee that appoints both ICAC commissioners and the members of the oversight committee that will constantly review the operations, functions and powers of the ICAC.

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Jennelyn: Will justice prevail?

JusticeJUSTIN KUNDALIN

PORT MORESBY - The whole nation has been shocked by the death of Jennelyn Kennedy.

It’s not so much her death that shook the nation but how she died.

This 19 year old with two children had been killed by her husband Bosip Kaiwi, literally tortured and skinned alive and dying a cruel death that no person who heard her story will ever forget.

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Gender violence: Much at stake in Jennelyn case

JenelynBUSA JEREMIAH WENOGO

PORT MORESBY - Never has a court case concerning domestic violence captivated the nation like the one involving Bosip Kaiwi, charged for the wilful murder of his partner, Jennelyn Kennedy.

Already there are public concerns about how police are handling the situation; concern justified based on many accounts of police officers failing to carry out their duties diligently and without favour or bias.

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Oz gold industry goes on trial

GV sign (AFR)
A billboard advertising Justin Parker's company, Golden Valley (Australian Financial Review)

ANGUS GRIGG
| National Affairs Correspondent | The Australian Financial Review

SYDNEY - The lockdown has been good to gold. Since early February it has rallied more than 10% as investors predictably sought shelter in the precious metal during these uncertain economic times.

But some of that sheen has come off this rally in recent days after The Australian Financial Review revealed industry standards around ethical sourcing, or ‘conflict gold’, were hollow at best.

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Gold stolen on a massive scale

Alluvial gold miners  Dantanai  Kieta District.
Alluvial gold miners,  Dantanai,  Kieta District. A Human Rights Watch investigation found illegal artisanal gold miners around Porgera routinely use mercury,  a poison which has had significant health impacts on both miners and their families

SAM JAY KAUPA

The unlawful extraction and export of gold is a scandal in both Papua New Guinea and Australia. Among the major beneficiaries, it seems from a recent investigation by the Australian Financial Review, even the respectable institution, the Perth Mint. Sam Jay Kaupa is an experienced mining engineer and manager with extensive domestic and international experience - KJ

PORT MORESBY - There is a question people need to ask. Why can’t the central bank of Papua New Guinea buy gold to curb smuggling and build reserves to stabilise the plummeting kina?

The mining sector accounts for about 9% of GDP and the overall resources sector contributes about 26% of GDP. This will continue to rise with the current demand for cobalt, a by-product of the precipitate from Ramu Nickel.

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Foreigner should head new ICAC: Minister

Jelta Wong
Jelta Wong - Believes a foreign ICAC commissioner will guarantee a fair and just system

NEWS DESK
| Radio New Zealand

PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea government health minister Jelta Wong says a foreigner should head the country's new independent anti-corruption agency.

The Independent Commission Against Corruption Bill passed its second reading in parliament last week.

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Marape government fails to tackle corruption

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Eddie Tanago - "There has not been one prosecution of a high profile leader for corruption or misappropriation and not one minister has been forced to resign or even step aside"

EDDIE TANAGO PAINE

PORT MORESBY - A year after taking power, the government of James Marape has completely failed to deliver on its promises to tackle Papua New Guinea’s chronic corruption.

James Marape was elected as prime minister on the back of a growing wave of discontent about political corruption and the misuse of public funds - and the initial signs from the new government were promising.

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If in doubt, shoot it

GunsPHILIP FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - If you watch any imported American police program on commercial television you’d be forgiven for assuming that the solution to any problem is a gun.

These programs, with their officious acronyms like NCIS, SVU and CSI, feature a never ending barrage of good guys ending the nefarious deeds of bad guys in a blaze of gunfire. Every situation seems to end in gun play.

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Call for apology from Barrick

Philip-Undialu
Hela Governor Philip Undialu - "The international community will soon know who is telling the truth"

HON PHILIP AJA UNDIALU MP
| Governor of Hela Province | Edited

TARI – There was no need for the Papua New Guinea government to have any advance negotiations with Barrick before the decision not to renew the Porgera Joint Venture lease.

Any negotiation held prior to the decision would have seen as preemptive of the decision and would have been in breach of the Mining Act, which would have attracted legal implications.

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Coronavirus: We must all play our part

Assistant Commissioner Anthony Wagambie
Assistant Commissioner Anthony Wagambie

ANTHONY WAGAMBIE
| Assistant Commissioner, Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary

PORT MORESBY - We, as part of the global community are going through some of the most challenging times we have ever experienced with the Covid-19 Pandemic spreading across the world.

Our PNG government has imposed a state of emergency to stop the virus spreading.

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Learning important coronavirus lessons

PNG Defence Force (Alexander Nara)
PNG Defence Force personnel have been assigned to assist in the fight against coronavirus (Alexander Nara)

SCOTT WAIDE
| My Land, My Country

LAE - So it’s a global pandemic with well over 16,000 dead already, 380,000 infected and less than 103,000 recovered.

It was a national health worry. But within days, it became a national emergency.

The prime minister taking advice from the National Security Council, a state of emergency declared and police commissioner David Manning appointed emergency controller.

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The library of unpalatable facts

Murder
Still from  ABC-TV footage of what appears to be an extra-judicial killing of an Afghani civilian by an Australian SAS soldier

PHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - Apart from the escalating disaster of the coronavirus epidemic, a couple of other unsettling items have come to my notice this week.

The first was the release of the appalling footage of an Australian SAS soldier executing an unarmed villager in Afghanistan in May 2012.

The second was an email relating to a horrible and disgusting incident involving police and defence force personnel in Papua New Guinea in 1998.

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Police violence is alienating youth

Police 10 seater
Professional policing should never involve unlawful conduct, especially torture - which they glibly call "interrogation"

LYDIA KAILAP

KIMBE - The common practice of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary picking up youths going about their legitimate business in the street, throwing them in the back of a police 10-seater and belting them to try and get information (torture), that they may or may not have, has to stop.

Police Minister Bryan Kramer, your officers cannot expect our youth to respect the rights of others, and not steal from them or harm them, if they themselves are victims of illegal violence from police officers.

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Fake visa scheme busted

Papua-New-Guinea-visaNEWS DESK
| PNG Today

PORT MORESBY – The Papua New Guinea Immigration special task force has made a huge breakthrough by uncovering a syndicate involved in producing fake PNG visas.

Minister for Immigration and Border Security, Westly Nukundi, said members of the task force, acting on information, conducted surveillance at Jacksons International Airport on Sunday and apprehended a Papua New Guinean woman, who is an Australian citizen, in possession of a fake visa.

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Police continue search for APEC cars

Maseratis previously garaged in the warehouse - now mysteriously missing (Reuters)
APEC Maseratis previously garaged in this warehouse are now mysteriously missing (Reuters)

DICKSON SORARIBA
| Guardian Australia

PORT MORESBY - Police in Papua New Guinea have begun searching for cars bought to transport world leaders around the 2018 APEC leaders’ summit but which have since gone missing from a warehouse in Port Moresby.

The police transport director, Chief Superintendent Dennis Corcoran, said he had instructed regional police bosses to begin searching for APEC vehicles that have been illegally moved out of Port Moresby, though he said this would be difficult.

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PNG passes historic whistleblower law

WhistleMARTYN NAMORONG

PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea’s parliament passed historic whistleblower protection legislation on Tuesday following a commitment made by prime minister James Marape last month.

The passing of the Whistle Blower Act coincided with the tabling of enabling legislation for the creation of an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

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Whistleblower act passed

MarapeJAMES MARAPE
| Facebook | Extract

Yesterday PNG's parliament passed a law to protect whistleblowers but a bill to establish an Independent Commission Against Corruption will have to go to a parliamentary committee before being voted on. Mr Marape wrote this before parliament sat - KJ

PORT MORESBY - I gained office with no money, no political party, no lobbyist, and not too many friends except a few loyalists including MPs and the general people of Papua New Guinea who wanted change plus the Hand of my Creator God.

Please circulate that I don’t have agents and if anyone, whether the fake accounts holders in Facebook or others in private who might request help as if coming from me, report them.

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Marape must investigate Duma, says Transparency

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Transparency PNG's Peter Aitsi - minister Duma must be directed to step down and an independent investigation into corruption allegations immediately undertaken 

NEWS DESK
| Transparency International PNG

PORT MORESBY - TIPNG is calling for the prime minister and relevant Papua New Guinean agencies to investigate what appear to be serious allegations of grand corruption against state minister William Duma, as reported in the Australian Financial Review.

As parliament prepares to convene its first sitting of the year, TIPNG urges prime minister Marape to live by his words that he will fight corruption and that the example must now start with his own cabinet.

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Time to crack down on corruption

Commerce and industry minister William Duma says he did nothing wrong
Commerce and industry minister William Duma says he did nothing wrong

EDITORIAL
| Australian Financial Review

SYDNEY - The Australian Financial Review’s investigation into the issuing of Horizon Oil’s lucrative petroleum development license in Papua New Guinea in 2011 has raised serious questions about the conduct of the company.

Chairman Mike Harding has acted properly by standing down CEO Michael Sheridan – who in 2011 was Horizon’s CFO, company secretary and a board member – pending an independent investigation into the corruption allegations by Herbert Smith Freehills and Deloitte, which will be overseen by an independent board committee.

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Will PNG get serious about corruption?

James Marape
James Marape speaking at the launch of the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index. He said he would set up a national ICAC in 2020

NEWS DESK
| Transparency International PNG

PORT MORESBY - With the resignation of former prime minister Peter O’Neill last May after a seven-year tenure, many citizens hailed the resulting appointment of the Marape-Steven government as an opportunity to start afresh.

A staggering K26 billion mountain of debt and an inefficient and incredibly costly public service has forced the new government to implement a number of unpopular, yet arguably more fiscally responsible, initiatives.

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Please report corruption, says Marape

Marape
James Marape says the public must to do more than protest on social media, they must make official complaints. But will whistle blowers be protected

NEWS DESK
| Radio New Zealand

AUCKLAND - Papua New Guinea's prime minister James Marape has reiterated his commitment to fighting corruption after another low ranking in Transparency International's annual corruption perceptions index.

Out of 180 countries surveyed in 2019, PNG remains a lowly 137, the worst ranking in the Pacific for the second consecutive year.

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Manus scandal: Director breaks silence

PaladinANGUS GRIGG & LISA MURRAY
| Australian Financial Review | Extracts

Link to the full article here

SYDNEY - A major falling out between the owners of Manus Island contractor Paladin is threatening to expose the Home Affairs Department to a fresh round of scrutiny over the integrity and performance of the $532 million (K1.2 billion) refugee contract.

Ian Stewart, who resigned as a Paladin Group director in July last year, broke ranks on Tuesday and said he was willing to front a Senate inquiry into the firm’s practices in Papua New Guinea and how it ran the controversial contract.

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The world is teeming with cyber crooks

CrookPHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - My next door neighbour and his wife are in their eighties. He’s a tough old cereal farmer and she’s a retired hospital matron. They are trying to live out their twilight years as happily as possible.

Not a week goes by, however, that they don’t come over to ask me about a concerning telephone call they’ve had or a strange email they’ve received.

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Regulating private security in PNG

SecurityGRANT WALTON & SINCLAIR DINNEN
| Devpolicy Blog

CANBERRA - As anyone who has visited Papua New Guinea in the past 20 years can attest, the private security industry is booming.

Office buildings are often only accessible by passing by rolls of sharp barbed wire, pointed fences and uniformed guards with large caps.

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The arrest of Peter O’Neill

Oneill
Peter O'Neill - 'Those who are guilty always run and hide'

BRYAN KRAMER MP
| Kramer Report | Edited

PORT MORESBY - When will Peter O'Neill be arrested? The appropriate authority to answer the question of when the former prime minister will be arrested to face the many corruption allegations against him is the police force.

But if someone were to ask for my opinion, I would say the short answer is sometime this year.

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Corruption deepens democracy’s crisis

DemocracyNEWS DESK
| Transparency International

BERLIN - As the year ends, we are reflecting on how corruption eats away at things we all care about, from fundamental human rights to socio-economic equality and environmental protection.

Around the world, corruption made headlines, sparked demonstrations and toppled governments in what should be a wake-up call for leaders to follow through on their commitments and make good on old promises as well as new, meaningful resolutions.

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The Madang predicament

Constable John Solala  head still bandaged and a knife tear in his uniform after being attacked earlier this month
Constable John Solala,  head still bandaged and a tear in his uniform after a knife attack earlier this month

SCOTT WAIDE
| My Land, My Country

MADANG - For the past 12 months, the media’s attention has focused on Madang, not as a tourist destination but as a hotspot for crime.

At Jomba station, where the provincial headquarters is located, provincial police commander Manuc Rubian reveals that the crime statistics are worrying.

Much of the crime stems from widespread alcohol abuse and a general breakdown in law and order.

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Extreme corruption needs extreme response

James Marape
James Marape has one of the hardest jobs a national leader can face - ridding a country of corruption

ERIC SCHERING

MICHIGAN, USA - In the 18 December issue of The National, prime minister James Marape put the kibosh on unauthorised foreign travel by ministers of state.

He made it clear that ministers must receive permission from himself through the chief secretary before they travel to Australia, the United States or China.

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Witness tampering: Gamato in custody

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Patilias Gamato - threatened to sue writer Martyn Namorong for defamation during the 2017 election when Namorong satirically compared him with a tomato

KEITH JACKSON

PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea's electoral commissioner, Patilias Gamato, was remanded in custody at the Boroko police cells in the national capital on Thursday after an alleged breach of his bail conditions.

Gamato was arrested in October and charged with corruption in relation to an incident in Port Moresby during the 2017 general elections.

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PNG – we can’t go on like this

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In the National Housing Corporation corruption is rife. The stench from those who feed off the misery of evicted  Papua New Guinean families is sickening 

SCOTT WAIDE

LAE - All the systems we put in place must serve the people.

We can pull our people out from the quagmire of poor health and low literacy. We can educate more women, reduce violence, build great infrastructure, strengthen our internal and external security.

We can be a learning hub for our Pacific neighbours with world class university campuses that use the research and the skills to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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Health corruption & incompetence exposed

Juffa Pundari
Public accounts committee deputy chairman Governor Gary Juffa and  chairman Sir John Pundari enter a packed conference room to investigate the health department. How many deaths has this corrupt and incompetent department been responsible for?

SCOTT WAIDE
| My Land, My Country | Edited

PORT MORESBY - Inside a packed conference room on the first level of B-Wing at Papua New Guinea’s parliament house, the Public Accounts Committee awaits senior members of the health department.

Already present are representatives from the logistics  and pharmaceutical companies who have been summoned to give evidence in this investigation into a health system in crisis.

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O’Neill wants me fired as police minister

Kramer (back to camera) addresses senior poice officers
Bryan Kramer (back to camera) addresses a meeting of police officers

BRYAN KRAMER MP
| Edited

PORT MORESBY - On 14 November 2019, former prime minister Peter O’Neill released a press statement entitled ‘Criminal complaints and admitted misuse of police power requires PM to decommission Kramer’.

Then last Friday O’Neill issued a further statement entitled ‘Kramer deliberately leaked cabinet information so must be decommissioned’.

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Public information for public trust

TI PNG
In PNG there is no reliable system to provide official information to the public and this can result in turmoil, caused by citizens reacting to fake news

NEWS DESK
| Transparency International

BERLIN – ‘ORGAN HARVESTERS APPREHENDED.’ This horrifying headline reached citizens of Papua New Guinea as a viral WhatsApp alert one morning in 2019.

The alert pointed to social media posts and reported that police had detained several kidnappers.

It said the kidnappers had been abducting and murdering women and children in the capital city of Port Moresby in order to harvest and sell their organs.

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O’Neill: Chief justice’s shock intervention

LetterKEITH JACKSON

NOOSA – The Papua New Guinea chief justice, Sir Gibbs Salika, has made an extraordinary intervention in politics by lodging a complaint against police minister Bryan Kramer alleging he has spread “a false or misleading report”.

And Salika’s letter of complaint was quickly leaked to Facebook.

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K3 billion a year lost in white collar fraud

Bryan Kramer at the anti-money laundering conference
Bryan Kramer at the anti-money laundering conference in Melbourne

BRYAN KRAMER MP

PORT MORESBY - It is estimated that Papua New Guinea loses anywhere between K2 and K3 billion in public funds annually through white collar corruption.

These funds would normally be spent on building classrooms, improving the education system, better wages and housing for public servants and providing lifesaving medical equipment and supplies.

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Just seeing my kids, says O’Neill

Oneill
Peter O'Neill - Says he didn't run away from justice. So can we expect him back in PNG some day soon?

NEWS DESK
| PNG Breaking News

PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea's former prime minister Peter O'Neill has denied a claim that he has fled the country to avoid being arrested

This is despite police last week withdrawing an arrest warrant for Mr O'Neill after his lawyers had launched a legal challenge to its validity.

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O’Neill saga Part 2: Fakes & flakes

Warrants
The O'Neill arrest warrant at left was issued by the court to police. Note that the appropriate box is ticked. On the right is the fake warrant produced and submitted by O’Neill and his lawyers to mislead the court. The signatures are also different

BRYAN KRAMER MP
| Edited

PORT MORESBY – On Friday, I published Part 1 of the O’Neill story, providing an insight into the events that took place in relation to an arrest warrant obtained by Police on 11 October 2019 against former prime minister Peter O’Neill.

To recap, the national court granted a temporary stop order preventing police from arresting O’Neill until the matter returned to court on Monday 21 October.

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We’re women, not witches

Witch burning
Dramatic photograph captures the horrific scene of a woman being tortured in front of a village crowd

ROBERTA STALEY
| Ms Magazine | Extract

WASHINGTON DC - Paul Petrus speaks softly about the part he played in the rescue of an accused witch.

Anna (not her real name), a young woman in her mid-twenties, was being tortured by villagers outside Mount Hagen in the Western Highlands Province.

After a 2015 outbreak of tribal violence in neighbouring Enga, Anna had fled approximately 130 km to escape the conflict.

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The challenge of tribal conflict in PNG

Tribal fighters with home made gun (Caitlin Welch ICRC)
Tribal fighters with home made gun (Caitlin Welch ICRC)

AHMAD HALLAK
| Australian Institute of International Affairs

CANBERRA - It is often said that tribal fighting in the Papua New Guinea Highlands is part and parcel of the socio-cultural fabric of the region.

With a history stretching back hundreds of years (if not more), it can be seen simply as an indivisible feature of the Highlands way of life.

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Overcoming corruption in PNG

A swamp to be drained (Stefan Krasowski)
A swamp perhaps to be drained (Stefan Krasowski)

DAVID BURFOOT
| The Ethics Centre

SYDNEY - Papua New Guinea is known as one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

Yet through delivering ethical leadership training to public officials there, The Ethics Centre is seeing a natural aptitude for ethics that government and corporations are struggling to nurture in Australia.

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