Tag Archives: Peter O’Neill

Foreign media urged to be fair

Source: Loop PNG

18/12/2017

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has called on international media to be fair when disseminating information about PNG to the world.

 

O’Neill made this statement after the Supreme Court quashed his warrant of arrest case last Friday.

 

“This saga has done great damage to the nation, it has cost millions of Kina in the legal process, both to me personally and to the state, and our country’s name has been dragged through the mud.

 

“In particular, media outlets like the ABC have continuously acted without due care for the legal process that is taking place in the country,” says the PM.

 

“They have continuously portrayed an image of our country in bad light. They take cheap shots, do not investigate and have a vested interest in presenting a bad image of the nation to promote their own careers.

 

“I give credit to all the media outlets that have demonstrated professionalism in this debate, that have not taken sides and have maintained fair and balanced reporting.”

 

A three-man Supreme Court bench last Friday 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.

(Loop file pic)

Author: Freddy Mou

O’Neill assures ABG on referendum

12/16/2017 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has given his word to the Autonomous Bougainville Government and the Nation that the vote for Bougainville’s referendum will go ahead as scheduled on June 15, 2019.

 

He made the commitment during the closing of the Joint Supervisory Body meeting in Port Moresby on Friday (Dec 15).

 

The conclusion of the JSB meeting began with ironing of technical agreements, which then led to a negotiation scenario.

 

After two hours and with both sides satisfied, binding documents were signed.

 

Later in a joint media conference, PM O’Neill announced that at the heart of the meeting was the referendum agenda, particularly the setting up of the referendum transitional committee.

 

“I’m pleased to announce that we have agreed to establish a referendum transitional committee that will manage the process and which questions that will be asked at the referendum for our people of Bougainville to answer,” said O’Neill.

 

He gave his guarantee that the referendum vote would go ahead as scheduled.

 

“I have no issues with the referendum going ahead, given our commitment to the ABG and the ministers and the people of Bougainville.

 

“We have set the date, we just have to agree on the questions we have to put to our people and as president stated, we have to create awareness on what referendum means,” said O’Neill.

 

President John Momis expressed gratitude to the National Government, stating the meeting had brought about some good decisions which were of concern to the ABG.

 

“I’m happy to say that we have come to some very good decisions which were thought not possible.

 

“We have taken some very good measures to deal with transitional issues that could become roadblocks to referendum preparations.

 

“We now have to embark on a massive program of raising awareness not only on Bougainville but also in PNG.”

 

O’Neill confirmed that releasing of government grants was factored into the joint JSB agreement.

 

“We have reached a conclusion about how we can resolve that issue and that is that we will tie it to key projects on Bougainville, particularly on infrastructure.

 

“It is certainly well over K400 million, in addition to that we are certainly committed to more projects on Bougainville, particularly the west coast road which we will be working on the design and costing over the next 6 to 12 months.”

 

An independent person will be selected to chair the newly formed referendum commission.

 

“Both ABG and the National we need to consult with these individuals first, the individual will ensure there is integrity on the referendum process that is going to take place,” said the PM.

Source: Loop PNG

Author: Meredith Kuusa

PM Responds To Police Budget Cuts

 


Budget cuts to priority sectors should not be taken literal as perceived by the numbers presented in the National Budget.

 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was responding to questions raised on the cut of the budget for police in particular with law and order issues pressing for the country.

 

Police budget in some areas were cut, but you know that both district and provinces Services Improvement Programs, law and order has got 20% of the Budget he said.

 

“The funding is still there but it has been prioritized to the other areas of the law and order sectors,” said O’Neill.

Source: Post-Courier

PM welcomes Supreme Court ruling

12/15/2017

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has welcomed today’s Supreme Court ruling on the controversial arrest warrant against him.

 

 

He told media this afternoon that the ruling by the three-man bench is a clear demonstration of the independence of the judiciary system of the country.

 

He said it was clearly a politically motivated case by people with vested interest out to tarnish his name, and he hopes the real culprits can be caught.

 

 

“This is a decision that has a lot of common sense and it is a decision against people who are maliciously using both government agencies and the courts to get political merit out of,” said O’Neill.

 

“From the start this was a political witch-hunt.”

 

O’Neill said today’s decision clearly shows the interventions he took were the right decisions he took.

 

“This has done a great damage to the nation, it has cost millions of kina in the legal process, personally and to the state,” said the PM.

 

“And of course, our country’s name has been dragged through the mud, in particular media outlets like the ABC.

 

“I give credit to all the media outlets who have demonstrated professionalism in this debate.”

Source: Loop PNG

Author: Meredith Kuusa

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

National Agriculture Summit Underway

The Inaugural National Agriculture Summit commenced on Monday.

Prime Minister, Peter O’Neil, opened the summit to indicate his Government’s commitment to really improve the sector.

 

The Summit was also attended by Government Ministers and Parliamentary Leaders.

 

In his Opening Remarks, Agriculture Minister, Benny Allan, said this summit gives the opportunity for the private investors both large and small to talk, and the Government to listen.

 

He said the Government has come up with policies for the Agriculture Sector, but has not sat down with the players to listen to them.

 

Referring to the theme of the Agriculture Summit of “Unlocking the Power of Agriculture for PNG”, Prime Minister, Peter O’Neil, reiterated its importance and reaffirms his government’s commitment in the sector as captured in the Alotau Accord.

 

“We’ve seen PNG’s Economy go into vast cycles for quite a while, largely because we over depend ourselves on one sector of the Economy (resources). And it has serve PNG well, but I think we’re too complaisant and we are not realising all the other potentials that we have in our country. Especially, when all the Commodity Prices of Oil and Gas goes down, our economy goes down.”

 

Representatives from all sectors of Agriculture packed the Lamana Conference Room to be part of this first ever organised National Agriculture Summit.

 

Presentations are based on each Agricultural Business and investment and the challenges they face including solutions to assist the Government improve the sector.

 

The conclusion of the summit will assist the Government through the Department of Agriculture, come up with a Medium Term Agriculture Development Plan.

 

The Summit will continue today(Monday) and will end on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Author: Charmaine Poriambep of Loop PNG

Attack on 6-Year-Old Girl by Pathetic and Perverted Individuals – Calls for Community and Church Action on False Belief ‘Sanguma

 

The Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has expressed outrage on behalf of the Nation after the serious abuse of a 6-year-old girl in Enga Province by adult males claiming sanguma as their excuse.

 

PM O’Neill said police had been dispatched to investigate the abuse, and any individual who tries to impede the lawful investigation will be arrested.

 

The Prime Minister said the attacks cannot be tolerated and the abusers must be exposed, and this requires leadership from community elders.

 

“Lets be clear, sanguma beliefs are absolute rubbish,” the Prime Minister said.

 

“In the modern day sanguma is not a real cultural practice, it is false belief and involves the violent abuse and torture of women and girls by pathetic and perverted individuals.

 

“The men behind these murders are cowards who are looking for someone to blame because of their own failure in life.

 

“These violent acts are against our values as a nation and are completely unacceptable.”

 

The Prime Minister said local communities hold the key to ending sanguma activities, but leaders must step up and be strong.

 

“In the case of the young girl who was recently attacked in Enga, we are grateful for the brave people who gave her first aid and took her to a safe location.

 

“The nation needs more of these unsung heroes who do the right thing, even when it means standing up against people in their own communities.

 

“At the same time, any community leaders who allow this abuse to continue are just as bad as the men who carry out the crimes.

 

“As a Christian Nation these abuses are also an attack on our religion, that goes against all the teachings of the Church.

 

“The Christian faith that we share teaches us to love one another and uphold the rights of the young and the weak.

 

“In Churches around our country, I call on Leaders to discuss this issued and how you would deal with this violence if it was tried in your communities.

 

“Our Government will keep working with Churches and communities, as well as the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, to end these false beliefs and to protect the lives of all Papua New Guineans. “

PM hails Kumuls

 

11/20/2017

Our boys did not get a win, but they will return home with the respect of our nation and rugby league fans around the world.

 

“It was a solid game against England,” says Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

 

“Our team played hard, and they can now learn from the experience and look towards the next World Cup.”

 

The PM says regardless of the result in Melbourne, outstanding games have been played by the Kumuls in this World Cup tournament.

 

“They have again united the nation as we watched the games, and we have all been impressed,” continues O’Neill.

 

“Throughout the world cup home games our stadium was full, and all eyes in the country glued on the television sets with children and families cheering.

 

“I again congratulate everyone who has been involved with the 2017 Rugby League World Cup matches in Papua New Guinea.

 

“We look forward to welcoming our boys home to Papua New Guinea.”

 

The PNG LNG Kumuls bowed out of the Rugby League World Cup after going down to England 36-6 in the quarter-finals Sunday afternoon (Nov 19) at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.

Source: Loop PNG

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.

 

Govt To Unwind LNG Revenue Conditions

 

 

BY MATTHEW VARI

 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says his government is in the process to relook at agreements to see foreign revenues from gas sales that find their way into the country.
Responding to the foreign currency woes currently faced, he said with the continuous sale of LNG, a precursor for foreign currency inflows – the agreement signed by past governments were designed unfairly for the country to keep the funds overseas. Mr O’Neill said this when East Sepik Governor Allan Bird asked why the sale of a shipment of gas at US$50 million, every three days, could not alleviate the forex issue.

 
“They have allowed exporters and proponent, developers to park all these revenues overseas. While we are making the exports they have been allowing them to park the money overseas and the money is not coming back into the country.”

 
“That is the reason why we are not receiving enough foreign currency even though we are making the exports,” Mr O’Neill said.

 
“Agreements have been designed very unfairly for Papua New Guinea. There have been of course smart economists in the past always thought that the fear of the Dutch disease, what they call that there is too much foreign currency in the economy.”

 
He said this fear has resulted in the parking of funds outside of the country through the agreements signed by the previous regime that took the lead in the LNG negotiations.
“We are trying to unwind that, talking to some of the project developers that they must bring in foreign currency that is rightfully Papua New Guinea’s back into the country.”

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