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Proposal eyed for Motu Koitabu seat

August 18, 2017  
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Prime Minister Peter O’Neill (pictured) says he will ensure that the Motu Koitabu people in the National Capital District have
a voice at national level.

O’Neill was responding to a query during a breakfast with the business community in Port Moresby yesterday whether there was a legislation that the government could use to ensure a seat for the

Motu Koitabuans in the 2022 election.
“I made a firm commitment during the elections that we will certainly introduce legislation to capture one seat for Motu Koitabu alone in the city,” he said.

“I will be putting that proposal together and, of course, I’m certain that is the commitment PNC (People’s National Congress) has made, you can be rest assured of PNC’s support.

“But again it will require legislative numbers which will require support from our friends on
the other side, but we will talk to them.
“I have made a firm
commitment and I will follow it through.”


Minister Called On To Confirm SABL Cancellation

“We congratulate the new ministers on their appointments, but we are urging them to immediately address the SABL issue which has been plaguing our country for far too long”, says Eddie Tanago, campaign co-ordinator for the community advocacy group ACT NOW!

“In March, the Prime Minister publicly declared all SABL are unlawful and their cancellation was publicly confirmed by the Minister for Lands in April. Both men said any leaseholders remaining on SABL land were there illegally.

“However, we are receiving reports from around the country that foreign companies are still occupying SABL land, that logging and oil palm operations are still ongoing and police are intimidating and harassing the lawful landowners.

“We are calling on the new Ministers to confirm all the SABL have been cancelled, all SABL logging operations stopped and all police personnel withdrawn from the SABL areas,” he said.

$15 Billion Worth Of PNG Logs Are Sold To The US Annually

August 11,2017


Source: Post Courier Online

A recent article in the National Geographic magazine has put Papua New Guinea’s tropical forests at risk of being taken over by foreigners.

The report titled “Stained Trade” says that 12 percent of our land, that’s more than 8 million acres has been invaded by foreign investments through a 99-year land leasing scheme, rent free, with the government collecting royalties on exported logs.The biggest consumer of wood products is the United States with China selling almost $15 billion worth of PNG logs made into furniture, and home improvement items annually.

It’s a shame that unknowingly the  U.S may unwittingly be fueling illegal logging in Papua New Guinea’s tropical forests simply by shopping at furniture stores.

A non-profit organization, ‘Global Witness’, has tracked the 9,000-mile journey of timber from the South Pacific nation, where illegal logging is rampant, through Chinese factories to retail shelves in the U.S.

The report says companies are not doing enough to ensure the wood they’re selling is legal.

While the U.S. bans the import of illegal wood, China does not.

PNG is home to the world’s third largest tropical rain forest, with mountainous terrain and hundreds of islands, Papua New Guinea is considered one of the most biodiverse places on Earth.

Parkop: I have no plans to evict squatters, this is just propaganda from other candidates and nothing more

Settlements will become suburbs with basic services, settlers will get land titles and there will be no evictions, says NCD Governor Powes Parkop.

Mr Parkop added that he had no plans to evict squatters; adding that this is just propaganda from other candidates and nothing more.

“I have been the Governor for 2 terms, what makes people think that I will evict them when I have not done so in the last 10 years,” he said.

He added that he has bigger better plans for settlements around the city and these plans do not include evictions.

Mr Parkop said that his contribution to the city’s development is evident and he has more plans for the city but that will depend on the voters this election.

Governor Parkop was speaking at a recent election rally at Tete Settlement in Gerehu.

Post-Courier May 31, 2017

‘Is Konebada Petroleum Park Authority a scam?’

BY: Quintina Naime

An article on a possible large scale scam published by the Papua New Guinea National Research Institute has called for the abolishment of the Konebada Petroleum Park Authority (KPPA).

The article revealed that there is a possible large scale scam that affects land belonging to customary landowners in the Port Moresby LNG corridor, which falls within the administrative authority of KPPA.


The role of the KPPA is to facilitate, regulate and manage the park, this includes planning and coordinating development through engagement of current and future stakeholders and bringing in investment.

The article, published on April 2, is titled “Is Konebada Petroleum Park Authority a scam?”

Through National Gazette No. G76, dated 07 February 2017, the Minister for Lands and Physical Planning declared over 23,000 hectares, starting at Fairfax Harbour and ending at the PNG LNG Site, to fall under KPPA’s administrative authority.

The article highlights that the Minister for Lands has failed to seek clarification on the status of KPPA and its funding, following the Parliament Accounts Committee Report, before increasing the boundary.

The Minister faulted in his due diligence by not checking whom the new boundary would affect and how it would affect them, which have implications for traditional villages and businesses situated on this land area, says NRI.

The article calls for the retraction of the Gazette, abolishment of the KPPA and calls for investigation into the Board and Management of KPPA and KPPA Limited, and if necessary, lay charges.

It also calls for the investigation of the Minister for Lands and technical staff within the Department of Lands and Physical Planning.

Researchers and writers of the article, Logea Nao, Belden Endekra and Lucy Hamago, say the government must intervene immediately and stop this scam before it becomes a monster that kills businesses and facilitates land grabbing.

They explained that this must not be a repeat of Taurama and Manumanu experiences within the Port Moresby LNG corridor.

Customary Land Acquisition Board created

 BY: Cedric Patjole

Lands Minister, Benny Allen, has announced the creation of the Customary Land Acquisition Board (CLAB) which will have responsibilities to the Incorporated Land Group’s and the Land Title Holders.

Minister Allen said this during his Ministerial speech on the status of the Special Agriculture Businesses Leases (SABL’s) in Parliament on Thursday.

He said the creation of the Board was imminent “now that there is a need for the supervision of an oversight body on the time frames within which all applications are processed to enable speedy delivery of results.

“And as a matter of urgency, the Board will be preceded by a Committee to be established by the National Executive Council (NEC).

During his speech, Minister Allen also revealed that the Government has revoked all SABL’s and has called for the surrender of these licenses.

customary land board

“I am pleased to announce that the Government has revoked and called for the surrender of all SABL titles and in set in place a process to convert all these titles and present them to customary landowners under the revised Incorporated Land Groups System and the new Voluntary Customary Land Registration System,” Minister Allen said.

“And the State should review  the SABL Commission of Enquiry’s recommendations to revoke all the existing SABL’s, thus deal with them case by case through Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) with the leadership of the National Court and the Judges, and or Mediators appointed by the Courts. This is because the indefeasibility of Land Titles must be respected at all times other wise chaos will reign over land throughout the country,” Minister Allen said.

Land registration often leads to dispossession: Report

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Land registration and the issuing of titles often leads to dispossession as people are excluded from their own land and rights are given to outsiders.

Act Now!, in its paper ‘CUSTOMARY LAND REGISTRATION: Too Dangerous To Touch’, says once dispossessed, people can no longer rely on their land to provide the necessities of life.

“They are forced to become dependent on money and they start to lose their culture and identity.

customary land

“Attempts by government to move people off their land and give control to outsiders is ideologically driven and supported by the mistaken belief land needs to be ‘freed up’ and given over to large-scale projects in order to bring ‘development’.

“These agriculture, forestry and mining projects have a long history in PNG of failing to deliver meaningful benefits to landholders; while research shows land is more productive and profitable if left in local hands.”

Rather than focusing on land registration, the community advocacy organisation suggests that the best pathway for improving the lives of people in PNG is to ensure the protection of customary land.

“And for the needs and self-determination of local peoples to be at the forefront of development and economic policy.

“Land is the basis of life for many indigenous societies and this is especially true in Melanesia. Melanesians’ relationship with land is complex, multi-layered and has a long-history,” says Act Now!

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