Peter O'Neill

Grand Chief Somare calls on O’Neill to step down

“I thus call on Peter O’Neill to respect the Office of the Prime Minister and surrender to police and appropriate authorities so they can carry out their duties without obstruction and interference.

“Calling members of the Royal PNG Constabulary vigilantes is intolerable when officers of the law are merely carrying out their Constitutional duties.

“No person including myself is above the law,” he said.

Polye calls on O’Neill to step down

Speaking at a media conference in Port Moresby, Polye said O’Neill is demeaning the Office of the Prime Minister by not enabling the court to determine whether he is innocent or guilty of charges against him.

“He uses every means – almost incessant pleading – before the court and hires very expensive lawyers at the expense of the state.

“Court hearings are an opportunity for those accused to show they are innocent. They are an opportunity for the prosecution to show the accused guilty.

Sir Mekere calls on PM O'Neill to step down

“Mr O’Neill knows well that the Office of the Prime Minister is not a personal possession,” he said.

“It is a Constitutional office, the highest in the land, and it belongs to the people and the State. It does not belong to Peter O’Neill.

“It is there to serve the people and the nation; it is not there to serve the interests of the incumbent.

“In particular its power should not be used as a weapon to protect the incumbent from due process, or to cause due process to be thwarted.

Government team to visit provinces and remove illegal immigrants

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill when commending the Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato’s on a job well done to market PNG in overseas missions said those illegal immigrants started entering the country before his government took office.

He said because of the systems and bureaucracy being compromised by our previous governments has resulted in the influx of the illegal immigrants.

He said this is not a sort of migration his government wants for the people of this nation.

“We have focus on big investments that will create jobs and wealth for our people.”

PM O’Neill welcomes court decision

He said the decision is an example of a robust and totally independent judiciary, but said he will defend right of future governments to be free of malicious use of law.

“I welcome the decision of the three-man bench of the supreme court today.”

“This is another indication that the judiciary in Papua New Guinea is vibrant and independent in its decision making,” Prime Minister O’Neill said in a statement.

PM O’Neill loses bid to prevent anti-corruption investigation

This follows a PNG Supreme Court ruling today dismissing O’Neill’s  attempt to stop the Task Force Sweep from investigating him.

A three-man bench of the Supreme Court at 9.30 am dismissed all orders preventing  the Task Force Sweep from further investigating the matter.

Signatures on no-confidence motion to be checked

“The permanent parliamentary committee on private business resolved in a meeting that the VONC presented be required due diligence checks to ascertain the compliance with parliamentary practice and ensure that procedural qualifications have been met,” Acting Speaker Aide Ganasi wrote in a letter to the Opposition Leader Don Polye.

Ganasi is chairman of the parliamentary committee.

O’Neill calls on Opposition to provide evidence

When responding to Don Polye’s questions today on the PNG LNG project revenues, O’Neill said he has no business or stolen any money for his own personnel interest.

He called on Polye to give evidence and not come up with allegations to destroy the reputation of the government.

Sopos yu gat wanpla evidens, yu tromoi toktok lo wei igat mining lo em. Noken tromoi toktok nating nating lo kirapim bel blo ol pipol blo yumi. (If you have any evidence, prove it. Do not debate on issues that will stir up our people’s feelings.)

State negotiators paid themselves millions: House told

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill made those bold remarks when responding to questions without notice from Member for Chuave Wera Mori in Parliament today.   

The Vice Minister for Mining directed his questions to the Prime Minister as the Public Service Minister Sir Puka Temu was not in the chamber.     

Mori questioned why, “Officials from the Department of Mineral Policy and Geo-hazards Management paid themselves hefty fees for concluding state negotiation on probably the Wafi-Golpu Project amounting to a million Kina or more.”  

O’Neill: I will resign if I received a financial benefit

When responding to Polye’s question during Question Time in today’s Parliament session, on why he (O’Neill) should not allow the police to clear him, O’Neill in a defensive tone said he could not, on a political witch hunt subject himself to such ridicule to undermine the office of the Prime Minister and set the precedence.

However, he stated in Parliament that: “ If there is evidence that I have received one financial benefit I will resign tomorrow.”