James Marape

Pruaitch reference hearing vacated

The reference was fixed for hearing tomorrow, 20th September, however that will not take place now, with the matter adjourned to the registry.

Principal of Henao Lawyers, Loani Henao, appeared in court on instructions from Patrick Pruaitch this morning, replacing Young and Williams law firm which ceased to act for the former Opposition Leader.

The Supreme Court reference went to court for directions this morning where Henao made it known that he has been instructed by Pruaitch to file a notice to discontinue the proceeding, given the change in circumstances.

Be part of PNG’s story, PM tells corporate bodies

He expressed this sentiment at the 44th Independence dinner on the evening of September 16th outside the House of Parliament.

The 44th Independence dinner, or the Prime Minister’s dinner, was a first of its kind that saw executives of corporate bodies, heads of missions and commissions as well as Members of Parliament in attendance.

Prime Minister James Marape said the main objective of the event was to acknowledge and commend the private sector, as well as establish a rapport.

PM Marape in Bougainville

Marape was welcomed by the ABG Leaders and was received by a guard of Honour by the Bougainville Police Services and Correctional Service.

The Prime Minister and his delegation was accorded the Bougainville Traditional welcome Tsutsu(washing of the feet).

He will chair the NEC at 1pm and later address the ABG House of Representatives or the Bougainville Parliament at 2pm.

Pruaitch joins Marape-Steven Government

Pruaitch made the announcement today witnessed by Prime Minister James Marape and other Government Ministers and MPs.

National Alliance party had 19 members in the National Parliament. ,

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Picture courtesy of Tony Maben

Pruaitch reference given nod for hearing

The Opposition leader’s reference went before the Supreme Court today where a number of issues were attended to.

Among them, the issue of Patrick Pruaitch’s standing as Opposition leader in bringing his questions before the Supreme Court to interpret.

Another was the joinder applications by the Speaker and Acting Clerk of parliament.

Ol sios sapotim driman bilong PM

Ol sios lida bilong Bodi bilong Krais i no westim taim long givim wanpela pepa bilong petisen o bikpela askim i go long Praim Minista James Marape, taim em i bin kamap long De bilong Pre na Tok Sori long Ogas 26.

Siaman bilong Bodi bilong Krais, Reveren Joseph Walters, i makim ol sios na givim dispela ol askim i go long Praim Minista Marape.

Cabinet reshuffle dangerous: Former PM

In a statement released today, Peter O'Neill said: “The Prime Minister has the prerogative to appoint anyone he pleases at his absolute discretion but the appointment of the Opposition Shadow Treasurer to the Treasurer’s post is a gross insult to Members who voted him into office.

Kavieng MP sworn-in as Treasurer

Ling Stuckey was sworn-in by Governor General Sir Bob Dadae at the Government House today.

Prime Minister James Marape, when welcoming the new Minister, also announced the decommissioning of Richard Maru as the Minister for Planning.

Bulolo MP Sam Basil is now the Planning Minister.

"It is after careful consideration that I announce the decommissioning of Richard Maru as a Minister of State," stated PM Marape. 

PM concerned on climate change effects

Marape raised this at the recent Pacific Island Forum (PIF) in Tuvalu where he presented Papua New Guinea’s view of the PIF Leaders’ meeting to marshal up the entire Pacific Islanders to remain as one family and solid, instead of fragmenting.

Marape has raised concerns that climate change is a crisis in the Pacific region.

He said he would be vocal about the issue when he attends the United Nations General Assembly Meeting in September.

Marape urged the PIF leaders to unite as one bloc so their voices can be heard globally.

PM stresses on agriculture

Marape said this when he officially opened a one week workshop on OIE Performance Veterinary Gap Analysis Mission, hosted by the PNG National Agriculture Quarantine and Inspection Authority in Port Moresby on Monday.

PNG’s potential lies in selling livestock and organic food to the Asian Market as well as the world.

Marape said his aim is for PNG to be known as an organic food hub for the Pacific and the rest of the world.

He urged Papua New Guineans to put on their thinking cap and change the way they have been doing business in the last 44 years.