Autonomy

Autonomy research reports launched

The two research reports are the latest entries of seven reports prepared by the NRI Bougainville Referendum Project as part of the preparation of the Bougainville Referendum in 2019.

The two reports, launched last Thursday, look at autonomy from two perspectives: Political and Fiscal Autonomy.

The first around political autonomy was undertaken by a team of three researchers from EURAC.

The authors responded to the questions posed in the terms of reference. The questions were;

• What is autonomy?

Second autonomy review underway

ABG Chief Secretary, Joseph Nobetau, said the review was the second since the formation of the Autonomous Bougainville Government, and would look at autonomy implementation from both sides of the government.

“The Review Team have provided their work plans to myself and National Government Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari, and will soon travel to Bougainville to undertake consultations,” Nobetau said.

“We look forward to a review with practical outcomes that set out the way forward for autonomy and the referendum.

Turning point for NIP: Governor

This was the message from New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan after the July 12th Inter Government Agreement signing between the Government and New Ireland, East New Britain and Enga Province.

A determined and satisfied Governor conveyed that the signing was a historical moment, a turning point for the country and a win for his people and generations to come.

Autonomy signing for 3 provinces

During the signing on Thursday, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said this is another step forward from 2012, where his government in the last term of Parliament commissioned the review of the Organic.

At the event in Madang Province, O’Neill said in the Alotau Accord II, they made a commitment to give financial and administrative autonomy to provinces.

“The review report was endorsed by NEC in May 2015 and in June 2015, the final review report was accepted by Parliament,” stated the PM.

Request for autonomy ‘not an attack’

“Some people have interpreted it as if we are trying to separate ourselves from Papua New Guinea,” says New Ireland Province Governor Sir Julius Chan.

“As if we wanted to somehow weaken Papua New Guinea.

“That is the opposite of what we really want to do.

“We believe that the best way to achieve prosperity for all is to grant greater autonomy to the provinces as they show that they have the capacity and skills for this,” clarifies Sir Julius.

PM stresses on provincial empowerment

This statement by Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, who is in New Ireland Province for the opening of the Namatanai Government House, was met with loud applause.

The PM and his delegation of Government ministers were received with much fanfare in Namatanai this morning.

The subject that dominated all speeches was autonomy.

PM O'Neill said New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan never failed to broach the subject of provincial empowerment at every opportunity.

"I want you to know that you have a believer in me," stated the PM.