Peter O'Neill

​Police break up rowdy crowd at PNC rally

Reports from Goroka stated that local police had to intervene and use force in a campaign rally yesterday (Tuesday) after the crowd became disruptive while the prime minster was speaking.   

The rally was for PNC candidate and Governor Julie Soso.       

PM Peter O’Neill told Loop PNG that disturbance was caused by a few people under the influence of alcohol.

“People sat down and listened for over 45 minutes of my speech,” said the PM.

“Police present were the only ones allocated to PM’s office.

VIDEO: PM in Kandep

He was greeted by a sea of PNC red as thousands of supporters attended a campaign rally in Kandep recently.

 

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Sir Nagora calls on PM to admit cash flow crisis

He said this will only set him and his ruling party and the government free so we can proactively find solutions to rescue our country from the deep pit of soaring debts.

Sir Nagora said he is heartened by the fact that tax has emerged as one of many topical campaign issues in the forthcoming elections.

He said the decency of truth about the gross mismanagement of the economy hurts and this has provoked the direct attack against him from the PM.

He made reference specifically to O’Neill’s spurious assertion about GST in The National newspaper recently.

No child should be denied education: PM

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill made the point when visiting Ialibu in Southern Highlands on Sunday, which was where he attended high school.

“I have personal experience of how hard life is for families when education is not free,” the Prime Minister said to a large gathering in Ialibu.

“I went to school here in Ialibu, and I know how difficult it was for my mother to find money for school.

Tertiary assistance fund to be established: O’Neill

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said his People’s National Congress Party will push for the funds establishment if it forms government in September.     

He said the fund will be built on the Free Education Policy the Government has funded in the last 6 years.          

“Also, we want to expand the program up to the tertiary education, we cannot only educate our kids up to year 12 and allow them to run around and do their own thing, which is what our system has been doing in the last 40 plus years,” O’Neill said on FM 100 Talk Back show on Thursday.    

​NA will negotiate after elections: Pruaitch

“We will go to the election as we are, and after the election period there is a negotiation period,” the NA parliamentary leader said.

NA Party has been in Government in the last 15 years but broke ranks with the People’s National Congress (PNC) Party last week, after Pruaitch was removed from his Treasury Ministry portfolio by the prime minister.

For 10 consecutive years, NA was the major partner in the coalition government under former Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare.   

PM: Don’t make me stubborn over building infrastructure!

O’Neill made this statement today when officially opening the Sir Reuben Taureka Highway along the Six-Mile to Bautama turn-off in the Central Province.

He said his government has been criticised for building infrastructure in the nation’s capital lately.

However, he said those criticisms are mere talk to get political gain.

“Criticisms are sometimes very healthy when its constructive criticism and not unnecessary criticisms.

“When you do such criticisms that is not constructive, you are simply making me stubborn.

Magi Highway renamed to Sir Reuben Taureka Highway

O'Neill made the announcement when officially opening the 11.2 kilometre four lane highway today.

He said it is fitting to rename the highway and recognise the leaders who have helped in developing our country.

"It is important we name such infrastructure to appreciate the leader's contributions and it is my pleasure to officially rename this highway to Sir Reuben Taureka Highway."

Sir Reuben was one of Papua New Guinea’s first medical doctors.

Six-Mile to Bautama highway opened to motorists

The 11.2km stretch of the road cost K167m.

It was built by Hebou Construction Ltd. Hebou Construction General Manager Brett Young thanked Prime Minister and the government for funding the project and their visionary insight into the project.

The project was completed within 18 months within the budget with no additional variations.

The opening was also witnessed by NCD Governor Power Parkop, Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko, Moresby Northeast MP Labi Amaiu, Moresby Northwest MP Michael Malabag and other distinguished guests. 

​PM welcomes NA’s withdrawal

“The decision has been expected for some time, and the party continuing in the Government would have been hypocritical considering recent outbursts by some members,” the Prime Minister said.

“We thank them for their support over the past five years and their commitment to the policies and economic decisions of the Government.

“The policies of the PNC-led Government are the policies that NA members voted for and supported in Parliament.