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PM’s arrest warrant quashed

12/15/2017

 The Supreme Court has quashed the controversial arrest warrant that was taken out for the arrest of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill three years ago.

A three-man Supreme Court bench today unanimously found the warrant defective and the District Court’s decision to issue it as well.

 

 

The court found that lack of care was applied by the District Court in issuing the warrant.

 

There was no information put on the form to get a warrant. The date on which the information was laid was blank. Even the word ‘Independent’ was spelt wrong on the form.

 

The court further found that the wrong form was used in applying for the warrant.

 

To apply for the arrest warrant, form 1 had to be used, as per section 8 of the Arrest Act of 1977.

 

The court upheld the appeals filed by PM O’Neill and Police Commissioner Gari Baki, and set aside the warrant as void and of no legal effect.

 

This appeal arose from the decision of August 8, where the National Court ruled it cannot judicially review the manner in which the warrant was issued from the District Court on 12 June 2014.

 

The Supreme Court ruled that the decision by the District Court to issue the warrant was an administrative decision that was capable of being judicially reviewed.

Source: Loop PNG

Author: Sally Pokiton

PM O’Neill Calls on Disruptive Elements to be Responsible – Accommodation with Services and Utilities Ready for Use

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has cautioned the ringleaders of a demonstration at the former Manus Regional Processing Centre and said it is time to move to new accommodation.

“The Manus Centre was established for the sole reason of processing asylum claims, now all claims have been processed and the centre has closed,” PM O’Neill said.

“The centre will not be reopened and it will be returned to its former function as a Defence Force facility.

“Given the Supreme Court’s decision, the Government has no choice but to intervene for the wellbeing of both the refugees and non-refugees.

“Those involved in disruption have been identified and appropriate means will be used to apprehend individuals who are causing unnecessary anxiety and violence.

“Their actions are now heading towards a law and order situation, as well as a hygiene and sanitation problem, and it will be dealt with as such, whether they are genuine refugees or not.

“There are 610 men on Manus who have been found to be refugees and arrangements are being made to settle them in third countries.

“There are also 210 men who have been found to not be legitimate refugees.

“Now that the processing of asylum claims has been completed, the relocation exercise is taking place where there is a separation of genuine and non-genuine refugees.

“The locations to where they are being moved have much better facilities than the closed centre, with services and utilities provided for much more comfort and healthier living.

“Our Government and the people of Manus are asking all refugees and non-refugees to behave in a peaceful and orderly manner.”

PUBLIC SECTOR REFORM KEY TO A MORE BUSINESS FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT; PM O’NEILL ENCOURAGES GREATER AUSTRALIAN INVESTMENT

Media Release: October 28, 2017

Office of the Prime Minister Papua New Guinea

The Government is creating a more business-friendly environment for foreign investment, and public sector reform is essential for increasing efficiencies.

This was the assurance provided by the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, when addressing the Australia – Papua New Guinea Business Council in Sydney today.

“Australia is our largest investment partner, and we want to increase business opportunities,” the Prime Minister said to the packed forum.

“We want Australian business to expand investment into Papua New Guinea, particularly into non-traditional areas that are outside the resources sector.

“There are great opportunities in tourism, agriculture and the small to medium manufacturing sector.

Australian companies have technical capacity that will build our key sectors, and from their investment will have a sound return on investment.”

The Prime Minister said the 2018 Budget will soon be presented to Parliament, and it will again be a budget that encourages business and creates jobs.

“In a few weeks time we will present the 2018 budget and there will be no big surprises.

“Our aim is to maintain stability.

“We have a long-term plan to reduce our deficit levels while maintaining health growth in the economy, and maintain stability around inflation and interest rates.

“These priorities are the determinants in framing the 2018 budget.”

PM O’Neill said one of the most important reforms underway in Papua New Guinea is the creating of a more efficient and business-friendly public service.

“An important priority for our Government is addressing the size of the public sector and to make it more efficient and business-friendly.

“We are going to streamline agencies that are not functioning efficiently, and introduce reforms that will raise their service delivery to the expectations of our people and business community.

“We will reform the entire system, and enabling the private sector to be more engaged in non-core functions.

“The country is changing, with more graduates entering the employment market and there is more competition for jobs, particularly in the public sector.

“We cannot be complacent when it comes to the demands of a growing population and expanding business sector.

“Over the coming year and beyond that you will see a huge reduction in the cost of running the cost of the public service.

“This will be accompanied by a more responsive approach in the public service for our people and business community.

“We are making it much easier to do business in Papua New Guinea.”

Men Need to Stand Up to Prevent Violence Against Women ; PM Calls for Communities and Churches to Show Leadership

Approved for Release: 25 October 2017

Office of the Prime Minister Papua New Guinea 

Communities must stand up against any act of violence against women, and Churches must take a leading role in protecting victims and exposing violent men. This is the message from the Prime Minster, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, to community and church leaders, as well as male family members who he said have a natural responsibility to protect their mothers, daughters and sisters.

“A man is a coward if he thinks it is ok to hit a woman, these abusers would not have the courage to hit a man who was bigger than they are, but they hit a woman who is smaller,” the Prime Minister said.

“We have enacted laws to prevent violence against women, but no Government in any country can stop violence against women without the active support of communities.

“There must be zero tolerance in our nation for violence against women, and community leaders must do more to help victims rather than supporting perpetrators.

“Community leaders are not truly leaders if they turn a blind eye to violence against women.

“Every human life matters and must be protected, and domestic violence is totally unacceptable.

“Any community or Church leader who turns a blind eye to even a single case of violence against women has let their people down, and has abandoned the Christian principles our Nation holds dear.”

The Prime Minister further called on the men in families to take a stand against any violence they see.

“I also appeal to the sons of our nation, if your Father beats your Mother you have to show that you are a man and stand up for your Mother.

“Your Mother gave you life, now you must protect her life and show gratitude for her commitment to you.

“The same goes for all the men in families, to brothers, uncles, and other male family members, do not turn a blind eye.”

The Prime Minister said the National Government will increase public awareness aimed at preventing domestic violence. This will be undertaken alongside the commitment of increased resources for police and courts to deal with violent men, as well as increased support for the victims of violence.

 

PNG and Europe Continue to Work Together on Development, Trade and Environmental Issues

Papua New Guinea and the European Union will expand co-operation in the implementation of development projects, the deepening of business and engagement on global environmental issues.

The commitment to further strengthen relations was made during a courtesy call to the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, by the European Union Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, H.E. Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos.

The Ambassador, who is now beginning his third year in Papua New Guinea, also delivered a letter from European Council President, H.E. Donald Tusk, and European Commission President, H.E. Jean-Claude Junker, encouraging a deepening of co-operation.

“The European Union is a very important development partner for Papua New Guinea and we value this relationship,” the Prime Minister said following the meeting in Port Moresby.

“This is an engagement for which we now commemorate 40 years through the Lomé Convention with Europe.

“Development co-operation has strengthened a number of areas in Papua New Guinea, including enhancing environmental management, strengthening public financial practices and promoting of renewable energy.”

The Prime Minister said the EU is also very encouraging of European trade missions visiting Papua New Guinea to promote increased commerce and investment.

“We will have a trade Mission from Sweden coming to Papua New Guinea soon, and more to follow in the coming year.

“Increased people-to-people contact, particularly with high level business people, highlights the investment potential of Papua New Guinea.

“There are many Europeans who are only now beginning to find out about our country, and consuming our fish and other exports.

“We will continue to grow the European market for Papua New Guinea products.”

PM O’Neill said Leaders and Officials from Papua New Guinea will also continue to work with their European counterparts on global environmental issues, that includes climate change and the sustainable management of oceans resources.

“Europe has a clear interest in protecting and enhancing the natural environment, and we will ensure that we work together in international forums to promote sustainability.”

Source: PM’s Media October 12, 2017 at 4.37pm

PM Respects National Court Decisions

Mathew Damaru, the director of the Office of the National Fraud and Anti- Corruption Directorate, said there is no time frame given for the arrest warrant order on O’Neill.

He said currently an invitation letter for the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to go in for questioning is being prepared and they will deliver the letter anytime soon.

Mr. Damaru said the Prime Minister will be formally invited for questioning first.

This follows Tuesday’s court ruling dismissing Police Commissioner Gari Baki’s judicial review application by the National Court.

Meantime, both NCD/Central Commander Sylvester Kalaut and NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Ben Turi say the onus is now on the police Commissioner to execute the arrest warrant.

The urgent application to review on Tuesday’s decision was filed yesterday morning and Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia is expected to give a time and date for it to be heard.

An interim order will be sought immediately to prevent the execution of the arrest warrant until the appeal is determined.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in a press statement yesterday afternoon said he respects the National Court’s decision.

O’Neill affirmed, he will appeal the court decision due to various inconsistencies with previous rulings and established precedence.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said he will exercise his legal right to appeal to a higher court.

“It is incumbent upon me to protect the integrity of the Office of the Prime Minister, and ensure that these allegations are properly tested in court.
“We must establish a clear set of legal precedents so that this dangerous political tactic cannot be used again in the future as a means to attempt to undermine future Governments.”

New Ministers and Ministerial Responsibilities 2017

The O’Neill-Abel Government Ministers and their responsible departments:

  1. Peter O’Neill – PM, NEC, Sports and APEC
  2. Charles Abel – DPM & Treasury
  3. Kevin Isifu – Inter-Government Relations
  4. James Marape – Finance & Rural Development
  5. Richard Maru – National Planning and Monitoring
  6. Elias Kapavore – Public Service
  7. Fabian Pok – Petroleum & Energy
  8. Wera Mori – Commerce & Industry
  9. John Pundari – Environment, Conservation & Climate Change
  10. Benny Allen – Agriculture & Livestock
  11. Wesley Nukundj – Transport
  12. Merrah Kipefa – Labour & Industrial Relations
  13.  Francis Maneke – Communication & Information Technology
  14. Soroi Eoe – Religion, Youth & Community Development
  15. Justin Tkatchenko – Lands & Physical Planing
  16. Sir Puka Temu – Health & HIV/AIDS
  17. Rimbink Pato – Foreign Affairs & Trade
  18. Nick Kuman – Education
  19. Pila Niningi – Higher Education, Science, Research & Technology
  20. Patrick Basa – Fisheries
  21. Jelta Wong – Police
  22. Roy Biyama – Correctional Services
  23. John Kaupa – Housing & Urbanization
  24. Emil Tammur – Culture & Tourism
  25. Fr. Simon Dumarinu – Bougainville Affairs
  26. Alfred Manase – Civil Aviation
  27. Johnson Tuke – Mining
  28. Davis Steven – Justice & Attorney General
  29. William Duma – Public Enterprise and State Investments
  30. Solan Mirisim – Defence
  31. Douglas Tumuriesa – Forestry
  32. Michael Nali – Works & Implementation
  33. Petrus Thomas – Immigration & Border Security 

Congratulatory Messages to O’Neill

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has received overwhelming congratulatory messages from counterparts in the Pacific, Australia and APEC economies.

Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull and Australia’s Opposition Leader Bill Shorten on different occasions sent their congratulatory messages to Mr O’Neill both pledging their support for PNG.

Small island nation leaders have also congratulated Mr O’Neill on his re-election, including several members of the Pacific Islands Forum who will accord PM O’Neill the respect when he attends the 48th PIF Meeting in Apia two weeks time.

Several APEC economy leaders have also sent their congratulatory messages personally to Mr O’Neill since his re-election.

O’Neill said he’s had many of his counterparts congratulate him personally from their countries but it was nothing to make a big issue about as these were relations both countries had maintained for years.

Late yesterday a statement from the Solomon Island Opposition Leader Jeremaiah Manele reached the paper. Manele like other leaders have congratulated the re-election of Peter O’Neill as the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea.

In a letter to the Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Manele extended his greetings on behalf of the Solomon Islands Parliamentary Opposition Group to Prime Minister O’Neill and the People’s National Congress party and its coalition partners.

“Your re-election victory is a true indication of the confidence and trust that the people of PNG have in your Party and its coalition partners. Mr Prime Minister, your victory also indicates PNG’s vibrant democratic process which demonstrates that PNG has become a mature democracy,” Mr Manele stated in his letter.

The Opposition Leader said he hopes Prime Minister O’Neill will continue to uphold the strong Melanesian ties with Solomon Islands and PNG share, which is not only embedded on bilateral cooperation but also on people to people relations and on our common traditions and culture as Melanesian societies.

“As you assume office, I wish to assure you of my personal commitment as well as that of the Solomon Islands Parliamentary Opposition Group, to continue to work closely without you and your administration to further strengthen the strong bilateral relations between our two countries in future,” Manele said in his letter.

via Post-Courier | August 7, 2017 at 10.00 am

Joint Statement on the Formation of Government

Approved for Release on Wednesday, 26th July 2017, by the Leaders of:

  • The People’s National Congress Party (PNC)
  • The Peoples Progress Party (PPP)
  • The United Resources Party (URP)
  • The Social Democratic Party (SDP)

 

Our coalition of Parties and Independent Members of Parliament have agreed to support a PNC-led Government form the Tenth Parliament of Papua New Guinea.

Following the 2017 National General Election, PNC has recorded the highest number of Members-elect, and is on-track to have the highest number of Members in this Parliament.

In accordance with National Electoral Laws, PNC is now anticipated to be called upon by His Excellency, the Governor-General, to form Government.

A PNC-led Government has had the opportunity to manage the affairs of the Nation for the past five years.

Through a most challenging time in the global economy, and through one of the worst droughts in history, the PNC-led Government has insulated our economy and our communities from these shocks.

During the past five years, the Government has delivered unprecedented growth through the delivery of clear and targeted policies.

There have been programs and policies that could have been run with greater efficiency, and lessons have been learnt.  The new Government will increase its capability to meet the expectations of our people.

These policies have enabled an additional one million children to obtain an education, and have expanded access to healthcare for those who previously could not afford to see a doctor.

The infrastructure of our nation has expanded dramatically in all regions of the country.

Over the past five years the Government has also empowered provinces and districts to have their say and to guide resource allocation for local service delivery and infrastructure development.

Through more autonomous arrangements, we will continue to facilitate this devolution of authority and decision-making to enable people in our regions to have much greater say in the governance of their communities.

The reforms of the past five years have laid the foundations for a strong Government with a powerful policy agenda to lead the Nation in the next five years.

In the past five years, this Government has delivered significant national events, and now as we prepare to host world leaders at the APEC Summit, we must have a capable and experienced Government leading this process.

Drawing on the experience of the past five years, our Government in the next Parliament, will work as a group to manage all challenges that we face.

We will further work together to expand the delivery of services and infrastructure development to our remote and rural areas in all regions of Papua New Guinea.

Our Government will work with industry to increase investment and to diversify our economic base to strengthen the sectors that are at the heart of our economic future, including tourism, fisheries and agriculture, and the downstream processing of our minerals.

We will continue to empower our people through strong and dedicated Christian and State partnerships, and programs in education and healthcare.

Working as a cohesive team, we the Government Coalition, will take our great Nation to the next level of economic and community development by delivering stable policy that is relevant to the people of our nation.

 

…………………………..                                                      …………………………………..

Hon. Peter O’Neill, MP                                                       Rt. Hon. Sir Julius Chan, MP

Leader, People’s National Congress Party                     Leader, Peoples Progress Party

 

 

 

……………………………                                                    ……………………………..

Hon. William Duma, MP                                                    Hon. Powes Parkop, MP

Leader, United Resources Party                                       Leader, Social Democratic Party

 

 

 

 

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

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