Dr Eric Kwa

Legal partnership strengthened

This was sealed by Australian Attorney-General’s Department (AGD) Secretary Chris Moraitis and PNG Department of Justice and Attorney General (DJAG) Secretary, Dr Eric Kwa, signing a refreshed memorandum of understanding between their institutions on July 2nd.

The institutional partnership between AGD and DJAG was formalised in 2017 and builds on many years of Australian support. Through the partnership, AGD and DJAG have worked collaboratively to progress important legal reforms, build core legal skills and strengthen organisational governance.

Rule of law to be improved

This is being done by increasing the number of judicial appointments through the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC).

Secretary for the Department of Justice & Attorney General, Dr Eric Kwa, said this during the Ceremonial Sitting of the Supreme Court to welcome the Deputy Chief Justice, Ambeng Kandakasi, and permanent Judge to the Supreme and National Courts, Justice Nicholas Miviri.

He said the O’Neill-Abel Government is committed to ensure the justice system is working to create a conducive environment for economic growth.

What’s the best way to get women into Parlt?

During the recent APEC Discussion Series at the Precinct entitled, ‘Women in Leadership’, the Commission’s secretary, Dr Eric Kwa, said his office has received the directive from PNG’s head of state.

The Constitutional and Law Reform Commission is interested in what PNG’s citizens think is the best way to get women into parliament.

For the first time in 25 years (since the 1992 election), no female has made up the 10th parliament, in spite of more female candidates being nominated for 2017 elections than ever before.

Nation urged to contribute to electoral review

Secretary of the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission, Dr Eric Kwa, said this during the 54th Medical Symposium in Madang Province.

“I want to hear from doctors, if there are thousand doctors and medical practitioners being registered today, can I have a thousand voices from you because we have been talking to the ordinary Papua New Guineans in the markets and the provincial headquarters but what about you, what is your view?”

UPNG backs major electoral review

The university will be running a series of seminars on certain terms of reference or topics of the review. This followed a signing of an MOU between Constitutional and Law Reform Commission Secretary, Dr Eric Kwa, and UPNG Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Vincent Malaibe on Wednesday, September 5th.

“The agreement is that we want to give some funding to these universities and they run the seminars at their own time but we expect them to give us the feedback by next month,” Dr Kwa said, adding that the ongoing nationwide consultation alone was not enough.

ICAC Bill covers third party conduct

Constitutional Law Reform Commission (CLRC) Secretary, Dr Eric Kwa, said this during his keynote address to auditors attending the 13th Annual Conference of the Institute of Internal Auditors PNG Chapter.

He said under the ICAC Bill, any third party such as auditors who come across corrupt dealings but do not report them will be prosecuted.

Speaking at the 13th Annual Conference, Dr Eric Kwa said the ICAC Bill allows for the prosecution of third parties who turn a blind eye to corrupt activities.

Law review to propose autonomy for provinces

A recent review of the Organic Law by the Constitutional Law Reform Commission provides for provincial autonomy as well as a clause for provinces to manage their own finances.

CLRC Chairman, Dr Eric Kwa, said the commission was asked by the Government to review the law with a specific focus on ‘autonomy.’

“We want to provide opportunity for our provinces to get autonomy. And in that window, we also want to give them financial autonomy,” said Kwa.

Colonial laws to be reviewed

The colonial laws are part of 1,861 laws which will be reviewed by the Constitutional Law Reform Commission.

CLRC Chairman, Dr Eric Kwa, says he has been instructed by the Government to carry out the review, including the colonial laws which are of British and Australian origin.

“So we are to transform 1, 389 laws, that’s from Independence up, and then 522 colonial laws, and we have been asked to develop new laws.”

Amend constitution before raising election fees: Kwa

He said whatever decision is made by Cabinet is not automatically becomes a law.

Dr Kwa said this today during his presentation at the ‘Certified Practicing Accountants’ annual workshop in Port Moresby.

The Government recently announced in Parliament the nomination fee increases for the National and Local Level Government Elections in PNG.

Intending candidates for the National Elections are to pay a K10, 000 nomination fee, an increase from K1000, while the candidates contesting the LLG Elections to pay K2, 000, which is an increase from K500.

Govt bypass law office to amend or draft laws

This was revealed by the Chairman of Constitutional Law Reform Commission, Dr Eric Kwa, during the Certified Practising Accountants Annual conference in Port Moresby.

Dr Kwa said what was costing the state in millions of Kina in laws drafted by private firms, could be done freely by CLRC.

The CLRC is also the only constitutionally mandated office to carry out reviews and drafting of laws in PNG.

“The current legal fee that we’ve got from a private law firm, they’re charging K7 million for the drafting of a law.