Category Archives: Governance

Court dismisses Kramer’s review bid

By DEMAS TIEN
The Waigani National Court has dismissed an application by Frank Kramer to review a decision by Cabinet and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s to remove him as director and chairman of the board of Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (KPHL).
Justice Colin Makail (pictured) dismissed Kramer’s judicial review case as it would have been an abuse of the court’s process because the matter was for private law and not pubic law to deal with, he said.
Justice Makail upheld arguments raised by Twivey Lawyers, representing the National Executive Council and the State, that the appropriate mode of proceedings to challenge the dismissal was by way of a writ of summons or originating summons.
“In my view, to commence and proceed by way of judicial review is an abuse of process of the court,” Justice Makail said.
The court found that the decision to dismiss Kramer was appropriately made by O’Neill as a KPHL trustee as required by the Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited Authorisation Act 2015.
The reason given by the trustee to dismiss Kramer on March 28 was that he failed to fill many vacancies in the board.
Kramer denied the allegation and said he took steps to have the vacancies filled.
In his review, Kramer questioned the involvement of NEC because he said under the Act NEC had no role to play in the dismissal of a director or chairman of KPHL.
He said the trustee breached the Act and acted beyond its powers when it sought the approval of the NEC to endorse its decision to dismiss him.
The NEC and O’Neill, through their lawyers, argued that the decision to dismiss Kramer was not reviewable because it was made by the shareholder of a company incorporated under the Companies Act 1997, being KPHL.
They said the dispute regarding Kramer’s dismissal was of a private nature where judicial review and reinstatement were not applicable.

 

http://www.thenational.com.pg/court-dismisses-kramers-review-bid/

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Political Stability Needed for Continuation of Development

***PNC-Led Government to Bring New Era of Growth***

 

PM O’Neill was speaking with the people of Wiabo in the Obura Wanenara district of Goroka yesterday, where he committed to continue road construction in the province.

“In only five years, we have delivered on our promises in our simple policies, which you have seen all around you,” the Prime Minister said.

“Give us another five years, and you will see this country transform. Road infrastructure is the key to economic development and has been our government’s priority in ensuring the rural population have access to better services.

“Road infrastructure is essential for the delivery of healthcare and education so that services reach rural communities easily and on time.

“We will further continue funding for more classrooms and make sure educational materials reach the schools.”

The Prime Minister was campaigning with Obura Wanenara candidate John Boito, where he urged the people to vote for Mr Boito so that he can continue building the road from where it was left.

“There has been so much negativity during this campaign from the opposition, they have made wild accusations. But action speaks louder than words, and this has been demonstrated in the last five years.”

Village leaders in Wiabo applauded the commitments from the Prime Minister and Mr Boito after so many past decades of being neglected.

“In five years, we have delivered proper classrooms, and your children are going to school.

“Before we came to government, this was just a dream.

“Free education to continue under a PNC-led government, but it would be cancelled if the opposition had a chance to form government.

“The benefits of free education are clear for your children, particularly families in villages with parents who could not afford school fees.

“Our government will keep your kids in school so they can have better lives as they grow into adults.”

The Prime Minister was accompanied by PNC candidates including, Governor Julie Soso, Minister Nick Kuman and Minister Benny Allan.

 

Post-Courier June 7, 2017

Campaign by Stating your Policies; Not on Emotions

***‘Policies key, not personal agendas’***

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says his People’s National Congress party is campaigning on its policies while other parties are using personal attacks.

He said this when commenting on the bitter attacks on the PNC by Opposition parties and candidates during campaigning, as well as on social media.
“Our biggest disappointment is that none of the parties are stating their policies in the detail,” O’Neill told The National.
“Many of them have got no policies, no vision, so they are campaigning on emotion and resorting to a dirty style of campaigning that has never been seen before in the country.
“We have people going about trying to incite trouble and saying things that are not in the best interests of the unity of the country.
“That’s the style of politics that we must avoid.
“Our message is that people must be given the choice to elect leaders who have the vision and the desire to work for our country.” O’Neill said PNC’s campaign was “very good” so far with two weeks to go before polling starts on June 24.
“We are campaigning using a different approach than that being used by other parties,” he said.
“Our approach is based on our policies in education, health, infrastructure and explaining the workings of the economy to our people.
“We have a record of delivering our commitments over the last five years.
“What we’ve committed in 2012, we’ve delivered over the last five years, and what we commit now we will deliver over the next five years.
“The response from the people is overwhelming. They identify with our policies. They want strong leaders with policies that are going to make a difference in their lives.”

 

Main Stories June 5, 2017

Disciplinary force members called to demonstrate maturity

By Sally Pokiton

Members of the disciplinary forces must demonstrate maturity when dealing with domestic issues, a judge of the National Court said.

“Assaulting wives and partners is a sign of sick and weak intellect and far too many soldiers and members of the disciplined force are doing that to their wives and partners.”

Justice Panuel Mogish of the Waigani National Court today made these remarks when delivering his decision on a sentence against a soldier with a 20 year service record.

He said soldiers who assault their wives and partners are a disgrace to the uniform they wear and should be dismissed as a matter of urgency to protect the integrity of the army.

“You abused your training when you assaulted your wife. You treated her like an enemy and applied brutal force to attack her, leaving her with fractures to her arms and legs,” he told George Hanio in court.

“What you did to your wife is disgraceful but is common among serving members of the disciplined force.

“Disciplined soldiers are trained to show restraint in volatile situation in war time. The application of force must be appropriate and relevant to the prevailing circumstances,” he added when sentencing Hanio to three years in jail.

That sentence was suspended and he was put on two years good behavior bond. He had initially assaulted his wife because she was having an affair and slept out of the matrimonial home.

They have since reconciled since he paid a compensation of K4000 to the woman.

http://www.looppng.com/png-news/disciplinary-force-members-called-demonstrate-maturity-60151

Statement Release: Be Very Mindful of your Actions During these Last 3 Weeks of Campaigning

*** Statement from the People’s National Congress, General Secretary, Mr. Joseph Kup. ***

“The 2017 National Elections are a time for the people of Papua New Guinea to decide who is the best equipped and most capable leader for their province or district.

“The people of Papua New Guinea deserve correct and factual information to make informed decisions before going to vote on the 24th of June.

“It is not fair or right that during this election campaign, our people have been bombarded with numerous lies, false stories, and claims of pending court cases.

“During these past five weeks of campaigning, I have seen the increasing number of personal attacks and the increased number of fake stories appearing on social media.

“In some cases, this has been the lowest forms of gutter politics used to try and discredit contesting candidates and sitting members.

“This simply disgusts me, and it is not becoming of potential candidates or sitting MP’s to behave in this fashion.”

“I am placing a call out to all party Presidents, General Secretaries, party executives, sitting members, and candidates, to be very mindful of your actions during these last three weeks of campaigning.

“I have extended the same sentiment to all PNC sitting members and candidates.

“Our Party Leader, Hon. Peter O’Neill and I will not tolerate any low-level gutter politics within the PNC. We will win on our delivery and merit.

“I ask that all candidates focus on your policies, what you have achieved, what you want to deliver, and the strategies you will employ for the people within your province or district.”

“The people and supporters of PNG are bright and intelligent, and they know when they are being deceived. I ask you to trust in your campaigning abilities, and continue to deliver your message.”

“You will not see the PNC behave in any other manner than professional and providing quality leadership credentials. We look forward to a fair and challenging last three weeks of campaigning with the respect that all parties deserve.”

Hosting an APEC Meeting is a very Effective way to Promote Tourism & Culture

*** Regional APEC Meetings to Deliver Real Benefits Around the Nation ***

Tourism will generate thousands of jobs in the coming years, and the hosting of APEC events in growing tourism hubs will make an important contribution to this growing sector.

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, was speaking with around two thousand PNC supporters in Kavieng when he assured them that their current local member’s threat to cancel the hosting of APEC next year is just hot air.

He said the election of Martin Aini as the PNC Candidate for Kavieng Open is the only way the district can advance with a dedicated elected leader who is committed to the interests of the district and the country.

“These claims by a single opposition member that he would cancel APEC cannot be taken seriously,” the Prime Minister said.

“I have already had to assure our APEC partner economies that he is just one opposition member from 111 in the Parliament, and has a record for making highly questionable statements just to get attention.

“If you ask almost any other member of the Parliament if they agree with Papua New Guinea hosting APEC in 2018, they would be supportive.

“The Kavieng Member’s threat to cancel APEC has also backfired because it would mean cancelling the APEC Tourism Minister’s meeting, part of which will take place in his district.

“The Member for Kavieng would take APEC away from his own electorate just political mischief.

“His four party members do not support him, and even the Opposition Leader is against such foolish tactics.

“Hosting an APEC meeting is a very effective way to promote tourism and culture in regional centres, as well as encourage skills transfer and local capacity development.”

The Prime Minister said people around the country are tired of candidates who are standing without any clear policies and who just want to run the country down.

“The only people who are knocking the economy are in the opposition.

“They have spent this whole campaign making false claims, talking the economy down, and never offering any real alternatives.

“The current Member for Kavieng has demonstrated that he is not in this election for his people, but for himself.

“That is another reason why the people of Kavieng need to elect an intelligent and balanced leader, and that is what you have in Martin Aini.

“Martin Aini is a leader who will work hard in his electorate and work in the interests of his people and the nation.”

The comments by the current Kavieng Member are at odds with his earlier statements where he embraced advancing national economic development through deepening engagements with APEC.

Prime Minister’s Office PNG June 1, 2017 at 5.41 pm

State Visit will Provide the Basis for Deepening Relations between Papua New Guinea and China

**** China’s President to be Invited for State Visit to Papua New Guinea ****

The President of China, H.E. Xi Jinping, will be invited to attend an Official State visit to Papua New Guinea when he attends the APEC Summit in November 2018.

The matter was raised during a meeting held by Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, with China’s new Ambassador, H.E. Xue Bing, in Port Moresby this week.

The Prime Minister said relations between Papua New Guinea and China are built on strong historical foundations and the State Visit will provide the basis for deepening this engagement.

“President Xi Jinping was one of the first Leaders to accept our invitation to attend the APEC Leaders’ Summit, and now we would like to extend our welcome through a State Visit at the same time.

“This will provide greater opportunity to advance direct bilateral engagement and investment, and for President Xi to see first-hand the development co-operation between our countries.

“China is a foundation customer for Papua New Guinea’s LNG exports, and the volume of trade and commercial relations in other areas continues to grow.

Papua New Guinea also appreciates China’s support in advancing education in our country.

“Our country is committed to a One China Policy, and this provides a basis for the strengthening of engagement and co-operation.”

PM O’Neill said China and Papua New Guinea will further continue working together in other global forums.

“Our countries have shared interests in many of the major challenges facing the world today.

“On climate change, we have a common desire to deal with this problem and co-operate in international forums to bring about global action.

“Papua New Guinea also shares similar views to China in relation to United Nations reform, in that the current UN model must evolve with the needs of the global community.

“The UN must be relevant to all members.”

PM O’Neill said the strengthening of people-to-people engagement is vital to growing the relationship.

“While Papua New Guinea and China formalised bilateral relations in 1976, our two Nations have long historical links through trade.

“For more than 200 years, Chinese people have come to our country and been involved in business.

“In the coming years we will continue to deepen this interaction between our countries with the establishment of direct flights between Port Moresby and Shanghai.

“This increased ease of travel will provide a further gateway to expand business and tourism, and also to establish more student exchanges.”

H.E. Xue Bing, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, has previously served in diplomatic postings in Canada, Australia, Kenya, United States, New Zealand and Fiji.

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