James Donald

Kua clarifies P'nyang PRL expiry

Petroleum Minister, Kerenga Kua clarified this in parliament today when questioned why ExxonMobil continued discussions on the Pnyang Project when the PRL License expired.

North Fly MP, James Donald, raised a series of questions in parliament.

One of them was to clarify why ExxonMobil was allowed to negotiate on the P’nyang Project when the PRL the hold expired.

“Can the Minister confirm or deny the PRL license gas expirzed and so ExxonMobil is unlawfully holding onto the license?” asked Donald.

Western Leaders back PM on Pnyang

Western Governor, Taboi Awi Yoto, and North Fly MP, James Donald, announced in a joint statement their endorsement of the Prime Minister stance to stop negotiations and focus on other resource projects currently in the pipeline.

According to the statement the leaders said PNG was entitled to a fair deal. And after the PNG LNG Project, they expectied ExxonMobil and project partner, Oil Search, to display commercial fairness and reasonableness.

The leaders said the companies chose to discard these core virtues.

Youth allegedly assaulted, killed by PNGDF: MP

Member for North Fly District, James Donald, during “question without notice” today in Parliament, told the Defence Minister that PNGDF personnel manning the border have been accused of killing the youth, whose body is now in the morgue.

Tread carefully in reviewing resource laws: Minister

His question during the recent Parliament session was directed to the Minister for Petroleum, Kerenga Kua, who said industry legislations will be looked at carefully because these are billion-dollar industries.

Minister Kua said the first task that his Ministry has taken to is the Papua LNG Gas agreement.

North Fly to get three more high schools

The proposed new high schools are Olsobip High in Olsobip, St. Betila in Kiunga rural and Bedamuni High in Nomad.

This comes after the North Fly District Development Authority (DDA) passed its policy decision on their establishments during the first 2019 DDA meeting on February 11th in remote Mougulu station in Nomad local level government.

North Fly MP and chairman, James Donald, said it was a government directive that all LLGs in the province should have a high school.

DSG helps students continue studies

A cheque of K150,000 was presented on Wednesday by local MP, James Donald to the Kiunga ITI center - funds from the 2018 Discretional component of the District Support Grant.

 Donald said ITI was introduced when he was council President for Kiunga rural LLG, and will ensure those who cant make it through the normal system can be given a second change through the ITI center.

He further said he will continue to support all North Fly students who attend the institute annually

Western leaders ‘Look West’

The Member for North Fly, James Donald, outlined this when talking about the efforts in place to build up infrastructure along the border.

Mr Donald says that he has spoken with the relevant authorities to begin preparation work on sorting out key areas along the border to pursue connections with Indonesia.

The member explains that this preliminary arrangements and negotiations have been ongoing for a while now with several decisions being made as a result of the numerous dialogues that have taken place to date.

Donald wants independent enquiry

The enquiry will also be for the possibility of criminal and civil implications on operators of the major gas projects if the earthquake was artificially conduced.

He asked this during a series of questions in Parliament on Wednesday.

James Donald asked Peter O’Neill that the independent report be tabled in Parliament and actions taken if the earthquake caused was manmade.

He also called for a Damages Trust Fund to be set up by oil and gas project developers and operators so that they can assist with immediate relief.

Western people call for independent probe into disaster

North Fly MP, James Donald, whilst giving his speech in parliament during the special sitting said they also wanted regulations and a regulatory authority for the Oil and Gas sector to also monitor the rate of the extraction.

The North Fly MP also raised issues of royalties and levies that the Government must release to the landowners.

He said had there been development levies and royalty payments, provincial governments, LLGs and resource owners would be in a better position to deal with this epic proportion disaster themselves.

Donald seeks stay of judicial recount

The stay application is expected to be moved in court on Wednesday.

Last Friday leave was granted by the Supreme Court to review the National Court's decision that nullified Donald's election victory.

That review will come before a three-judge Supreme Court bench at a later date.

Donald's election was nullified on grounds Nomad LLG falls under the Middle Fly electorate and ballot boxes from that area were illegally admitted for counting by the Electoral Commission in the North Fly electorate.