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" »
Women's March 4 Justice in Canberra on Monday
SYDNEY - There were no mixed messages about violence against women from Australia’s former foreign minister Julie Bishop when she launched the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s gender equality and women's empowerment strategy in early 2016.
“It's insidious, it's endemic in some parts of our region and we have done a great deal to shine a light on it and to find ways that we can tackle it,” Ms Bishop unequivocally stated.
Continue reading "Violence against women: an Australian failure" »
Sir Alan Mann, then PNG chief justice, conceded that the words attributed to Cooper were highly improbable
| University of Western Sydney | Extract
SYDNEY - In January 1961, when [Brian Leonard] Cooper landed in Port Moresby for his trial, a large police contingent awaited his arrival at the airport.
Media publicity ensured that the courtroom was full of spectators.
The Crown prosecutor opened by telling the territorial Chief Justice, Alan Mann, that Cooper had demonstrated “prior motivation” to commit a criminal act.
Continue reading "The trials of Brian Leonard Cooper" »
"“It is the people’s court and let them come by the hundreds if they have the right to come” - the late Justice Mari Kapi
CANBERRA - The national court of Papua New Guinea made a landmark court decision on the last Saturday of January when it ordered the Madang Provincial Government, the District Development Authority, and the Urban Local-level Government to fix the roads in Madang town.
The orders prescribed the specific financial contributions and administrative responsibilities of each level of government, including the national government, and also applied to the Madang members of parliament.
Continue reading "The interventionist powers of the PNG judiciary" »
Papua New Guinea is the most corrupt country in its region - a distinction nobody can be proud of (Corruption Perceptions Index)
| ACT PNG!
PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea’s international corruption rating has slipped a further one-point, from 28 to 27, in the latest figures released by Transparency International.
This is bad news for the economy and a sad reflection on the state of our democracy.
Continue reading "Poor corruption ratings really cost PNG" »
Dr Bal Kama clarifies the unusual role accorded to PNG judges by the national Constitution
| Your Daily Press | Edited
CANBERRA - There are concerns about Justice David Cannings’ orders late last week for the Madang Provincial Administration and Madang District Development Authority to fix the roads in Madang.
Many say Cannings overstepped his role as a judge. But is that so? Arguably, the brief answer is ‘no’, based on the Papua New Guinea Constitution.
Continue reading "Was Cannings’ Madang decision judicial overreach?" »
Police Commissioner David Manning - what's more important, a degree or a track record as an effective police officer?
BRYAN KRAMER MP
| The Kramer Report | Edited
PORT MORESBY – I wrote a week or so ago that I would make a submission to National Executive Council (NEC) to amend the Public Service regulation to no longer require the Commissioner of Police to hold a tertiary degree.
This announcement prompted a number of readers to suggest this would be an act nepotism, corruption and self-interest.
Continue reading "What does it take to be a police chief?" »
Entrance to Bomana prison - Act Now! hopes that corrupt public servants will be passing through these gates
PORT MORESBY – Papua New Guinea community advocacy group Act Now! has cautiously welcomed the Marape government's decision to investigate public servants who are living extravagant lifestyles beyond what they should be able to afford on their salaries.
But Act Now! has warned the prime minister he will be judged on results rather than promises.
Continue reading "Fat cat probe saluted, with a warning" »
David Manning at work. So what's better - a person you know can do the job effectively or an unknown quantity with a university degree?
BRYAN KRAMER MP
| The Kramer Report
PORT MORESBY – On Friday afternoon, the Papua New Guinea national court handed down its decision on judicial review proceedings filed by Sylvester Kalaut and Fred Yakasa challenging police commissioner David Manning’s appointment by the National Executive Council in December 2019.
Kalaut and Yakasa challenged Manning's appointment on seven grounds. Justice Cannings dismissed six of the seven but upheld one - that Manning’s appointment by NEC breached procedures as he did not meet the minimum requirements to be selected to lead the police department.
Continue reading "No degree – so police commissioner removed" »
Crime constrains investment and growth and the costs ripple throughout society (World Bank)
| World Bank Blogs | Edited
SYDNEY -Last month I was interviewing participants in the World Bank’s urban youth employment project in Port Moresby, talking about the challenges that Papua New Guinea’s young people face in finding work.
One issue that came up repeatedly was mobility – or the lack of it: the ability to travel safely to and from the workplace.
Continue reading "Living with crime & violence in PNG" »
| Graun Bilong Mi (My Land)
LAE - Being a law enforcement officer is no easy task. Being a fully-fledged police officer is even tougher.
You can become an enemy of evil while you try to uphold the rule of law and keep society in good order.
Continue reading "The Lae police footbeat unit" »
David Manning (centre) took personal control of the investigation into the huge misappropriation
NOOSA – Papua New Guinea’s police commissioner David Manning has disclosed that a woman has been arrested after the discovery of a K268 million theft in Western Province.
The defendant, Edna Oai, 45, was flown to Port Moresby from Daru last Monday and formally charged with 15 counts of false pretence, conspiracy and misappropriation.
Continue reading "Woman charged over huge Daru heist" »
Former deputy prime minister Sam Basil claims without evidence that prime minister James Marape conspired with the ombudsman commission to have him investigated.
BRYAN KRAMER MP
| Kramer Report
PORT MORESBY - Last Tuesday, Papua New Guinea’s ombudsman commission issued a press statement that it had referred former deputy prime minister and national planning minister Sam Basil to the public prosecutor for alleged misconduct in office.
The leadership watchdog said it had conducted an investigation from a complaint lodged in 2016 and, based on the findings of the investigation, gave Basil the opportunity to respond.
Continue reading "Sam Basil referred to leadership tribunal" »
PORT MORESBY - In his judgement on Monday, Justice Nicholas Miviri of the national court held that my termination as chief secretary of the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) failed to adhere to the process prescribed in the Bougainville Constitution.
In doing so, His Honour provided a damning assessment of the actions of the defendant, in this case the Bougainville Executive Council, in failing to abide by the very laws they were elected to uphold.
Continue reading "Why I took the ABG to court" »
Joseph Nobetau - "The case always meant more than a job to me"
BUKA - Today in the Papua New Guinea national court, Justice Nicholas Miviri ruled that my termination as chief secretary of the Autonomous Bougainville Government was unconstitutional
I stand vindicated.
It has taken a long time to reach this point: more than 12 months since initiating legal proceedings against the Bougainville executive council and government, who dragged the matter out and delayed proceedings at every opportunity.
Continue reading "Nobetau termination unlawful: National Court" »
Eddie Tanago - "ICAC should be set up as a truly independent constitutional body but we are concerned about the loopholes"
| Campaign Manager | Act Now!
PORT MORESBY - The passage of the law allowing for the creation of an Independent Commission Against Corruption is an important step forward for Papua New Guinea, but it is too early for any celebrations.
An independent commission is urgently needed to tackle the rampant corruption that is holding back our economy and stopping the delivery of vital health and other services to the people.
Continue reading "ICAC is important but too many loopholes" »
Port Moresby's central business district
| My Land, My Country
LAE - For nearly two decades, senior journalists who covered the work of foreign cartels in Papua New Guinea have continually warned successive governments of the impending threat of organised crime.
It is no longer just a threat.
Continue reading "Moresby’s gangsters’ high level connections" »
| Guardian Australia | Judith Nielson Institute | Extract
PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea’s police force is the most corrupt public agency in the country, engaged in drug-smuggling, gun-running, and land theft, and beset by “a rampant culture of police ill-discipline and brutality”, its own police minister has said, in an extraordinary condemnation of his own force.
Police minister Bryan Kramer launched an attack on the police force, saying its endemic corruption would take years, even a generation, to eradicate. His statement follows a concession from the police commissioner, David Manning, that his force includes “criminals in uniform”.
Continue reading "Police 'riddled with corruption': Kramer" »
Kerry Dillon - at 22 plunged into the intricacies of bringing western criminal justice to Papua New Guinea
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.
Continue reading "The bringing of law in an unfamiliar clime" »
A 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.
Continue reading "Law & the unfairness we face" »
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.
Continue reading "We must rebuild a Hela worthy of forebears" »
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.
Continue reading "Not safe for women" »
Nigerian scammers hard at work trying to steal your money
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.
Continue reading "Scammers are on the rise again" »
Eddie Tanago says the new ICAC law will bring the anti-corruption commission under the control of politicians
| 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.
Continue reading "ICAC will not be politically independent" »
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.
Continue reading "Jennelyn: Will justice prevail?" »
BUSA 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.
Continue reading "Gender violence: Much at stake in Jennelyn case" »
A billboard advertising Justin Parker's company, Golden Valley (Australian Financial Review)
| 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.
Continue reading "Oz gold industry goes on trial" »
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.
Continue reading "Gold stolen on a massive scale" »
Jelta Wong - Believes a foreign ICAC commissioner will guarantee a fair and just system
| 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.
Continue reading "Foreigner should head new ICAC: Minister" »
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.
Continue reading "Marape government fails to tackle corruption" »
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.
Continue reading "If in doubt, shoot it" »
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.
Continue reading "Call for apology from Barrick" »
Assistant Commissioner 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.
Continue reading "Coronavirus: We must all play our part" »
PNG Defence Force personnel have been assigned to assist in the fight against coronavirus (Alexander Nara)
| 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.
Continue reading "Learning important coronavirus lessons" »
Still from ABC-TV footage of what appears to be an extra-judicial killing of an Afghani civilian by an Australian SAS soldier
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.
Continue reading "The library of unpalatable facts" »
Professional policing should never involve unlawful conduct, especially torture - which they glibly call "interrogation"
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.
Continue reading "Police violence is alienating youth" »
| 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.
Continue reading "Fake visa scheme busted" »
APEC Maseratis previously garaged in this warehouse are now mysteriously missing (Reuters)
| 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.
Continue reading "Police continue search for APEC cars" »
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).
Continue reading "PNG passes historic whistleblower law" »
PORT MORESBY - I have read the organic law on the Independent Commission Against Corruption 2019 (OLICAC) bill and, on the whole, I think it is a great law that equips ICAC with real teeth to go after corruption.
You can download the bill here from the Act Now PNG! website.
Continue reading "The new ICAC bill examined" »
| 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.
Continue reading "Whistleblower act passed" »
Transparency PNG's Peter Aitsi - minister Duma must be directed to step down and an independent investigation into corruption allegations immediately undertaken
| 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.
Continue reading "Marape must investigate Duma, says Transparency" »
Commerce and industry minister William Duma says he did nothing wrong
| 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.
Continue reading "Time to crack down on corruption" »
James Marape speaking at the launch of the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index. He said he would set up a national ICAC in 2020
| 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.
Continue reading "Will PNG get serious about corruption?" »
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
| 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.
Continue reading "Please report corruption, says Marape" »
ANGUS 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.
Continue reading "Manus scandal: Director breaks silence" »
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.
Continue reading "The world is teeming with cyber crooks" »
GRANT 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.
Continue reading "Regulating private security in PNG" »
| The Age (Melbourne)
HELA - 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 Highland way of life.
Continue reading "Centuries-long Hela war gets deadlier" »
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.
Continue reading "The arrest of Peter O’Neill" »