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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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All polling materials delivered!

Charles Yapumi 

Sensitive polling materials have been airlifted to all provinces in the country a week before the polls.

“All sensitive election materials are now in the provinces and being sorted out for distribution to each electorate, LLG and ward in preparation for polling,” says Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato.

These include ballot papers, candidate posters, polling schedules, CUG mobile phones for polling teams, indelible inks and electoral rolls.

Non-sensitive election materials such as polling kits, voting compartments, seals and stationery were sent via shipping to all provinces earlier.

Sensitive election materials for New Guinea Islands, Momase and Southern Regions were dispatched the previous week while the exercise for the Highlands Region started on Friday and was completed yesterday (Saturday).

“As of yesterday, Saturday 17 June, the last sensitive election materials were dispatched by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) C-130 military aircraft,” Gamato said.

“Yesterday, there were three flights out of Port Moresby from the PNGDF Air Transport Squadron by the ADF C-130 aircraft – early morning flight delivered sensitive election materials for Jiwaka and Chimbu via Mt. Hagen.

“The aircraft then returned before midday to pick up materials for Eastern Highlands and Hela.

“The last delivery yesterday afternoon was to Tari and was expected to have arrived by 2:30pm.

“In total, the ADF moved 45,661 kilograms of sensitive election materials over the last seven days from Port Moresby to provincial centres nationwide.”

The 14 days of nationwide polling will start on June 24.

(File picture)

 

http://www.looppng.com/elections/all-polling-materials-delivered-61111

Drug Shortage Is Being Addressed, Says Kase.

Post Courier Author 

HEALTH Secretary Pascoe Kase is aware of the current shortage of medical supplies and consumables, and he and his team are in regular contact with health services to determine the high-priority supplies of concern.

Mr Kase said this yesterday in response to a number of concerns raised by the community, and some public hospitals, regarding the shortage of medical supplies and some critical medicines.

“I am aware of the very legitimate concerns expressed by the community, and of the doubts this issue has raised in the capacity of the health system to deliver timely and appropriate care.”

“I did not want the community or my colleagues in health services to form the view that nothing is happening to address the shortages.” He said that during the past two months, a large number of orders have been placed for the urgent delivery of medicines and other supplies.

Mr Kase said a number of these supplies have been delivered and distributed; however, a disturbing quantity of orders have yet to be delivered, despite a number of efforts to encourage suppliers.

Mr Kase, and his procurement experts, met with representatives from a number of firms to discuss why it was not possible to meet the urgent requirement of the health system. He said it was a “positive and instructive meeting” for all parties, and a number of issues were identified. “This included communication issues, problems, at times, with the department’s ordering strategy and concerns over payments being received in a timely fashion.”

http://postcourier.com.pg/drug-shortage-addressed-says-kase/

Locked Down

Post Courier 

Flights in and out of Kagamuga Airport in Mount Hagen, Western Highlands province, have been disrupted by candidates contesting the Hagen open seat.

Concern for public safety has also prompted major carrier Air Niugini to cancel its service to neighbouring Enga province.

The 12 Hagen candidates, and their supporters, converged outside Kagamuga airport yesterday to protest the appointment of the electorate’s returning officer and carry out their threat to close the airport issued seven days ago.

It is not known whether disruptions would continue today.

Transporting of police personnel who are on transit in Port Moresby for National Election operations in the Highlands are affected, says Police Commissioner Gari Baki. See story, page 2

National Airports Corporation acting managing director Richard Yopo said yesterday the Electoral Commission matter was unrelated to airport operations or the aviation industry and such actions taken and threats by the 12 candidates in Mt Hagen were offences under the Civil Aviation Act.

“The issue does not do anyone any good. It only affects the smooth flow of passengers and the flow of vital cargo from and within our towns and cities.”

He said the candidates were warned last Friday that they were breaking or would be in breach of law if they were to proceed with their planned action.

Yesterday, the NAC had to scale down its operations and included its sister aviation entity PNG Air Services which controls air traffic.

Mr Yopo said that airline operators like Air Niugini, MAF, HeviLift, Airlines PNG and Heli Solutions did their own security assessment also had to cancel some of their later flights yesterday.

“Safety of the public, staff and the assets and facilities is something we all are not about to compromise,” he said.

Two of the twelve candidates, Luke Lukice Mathew and James Yoka said they are closing the airport because Mr Gamato had failed to respond to their petition in the past week.

Mr Yoka said their petition which Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has not responded to was to either remove the returning officer and the assistant returning officer or to swap the two officers with other electorates in the province. Eastern end Assistant Police Commissioner for Highlands Nema Mondia said the candidates have breached the Civil Aviation Act by closing the airport and that was not right.

However, Supt Mondia said a candidate assured him that the airport will be opened starting today.

 

http://postcourier.com.pg/230216-2/

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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

Elected Leaders still have designated authority to carry out their mandated function and this should not be interrupted

*** The National Newspaper Should Not Politicize Public Servants ***

The Chief Secretary to Government, Amb. Isaac Lupari CBE, has cautioned editors to not politicise public servants in coverage of the upcoming elections, and to check their facts before going to print.

“Today, the National newspaper has published an inaccurate and very misleading story under the headline: Civil servants’ ‘role is to back PM,’” the Chief Secretary said.

“This headline is misleading with a fake quote that was never made.

“The Prime Minister, Ministers and the Opposition Leader remain in their positions until the next Parliament convenes, and still maintain support from administrative staff and police.

“Elected Leaders still have designated authority to carry out their mandated function and this should not be interrupted.

“Is the National suggesting that the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader should not have security during the election period? That is absurd.

“This is the established procedure for all elections past, and is in line with Commonwealth standards in the conduct of elections.

“The National further stated that it is ‘understood,’ as in a rumour, that the Prime Minister travels with 10 protocol officers and uses the official Falcon jet to travel election functions.

“This is absolute rubbish and if the National had cared to check facts this would have been clear.

“Public Servants carry out their official duties for the Prime Minister, Ministers and the Opposition Leader, and do not have any involvement with politics.

“In a world where social media rumour is in abundance, the people look to established media to set high standards, to report fact and to cross-check those facts before going to print.

“The National must retract this story and apologise to their readers.”

 

PNC Ialibu-Pangia Peter O’Neill June 6, 2017 at 3.49 pm

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.”

 

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