Peter O'Neill

O’Neill describes Easter as a ‘Time for celebrating the victory of good over evil’

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in his Easter message said this year, the celebration of the victory of good over evil is very important in a troubled world.

“To me the Easter story is quite simple but it is certainly profound. It represents the victory and triumph of good over evil.

“On the first Good Friday, Jesus Christ was cruelly and unjustly executed on the cross, and on the first Easter Day he triumphed over injustice and evil by his resurrection.

New electorates to be ready by 2017 elections: PM

However, O’Neill said it will take a lengthy process.

He said the government has already established the Electoral Boundaries Commission which comes under the supervision of the Electoral Commissioner to look into the electoral boundaries.

“Once they visit all the electorates in the country, they will then report back to the government to make recommendations.”

He said the last electoral boundary report presented to parliament was in the last term of parliament that was rejected by Parliament because of some fault in the report.

PM called on to check population growth

Opposition Leader Don Polye made the call and said the country’s 3.1 per cent population growth rate was too high when compared to developed economy like New Zealand, which has only 0.88 percent growth rate with a population of about 4.6 million.

“If the basic services provided by the government are not on par with the country’s population growth, PNG is sitting on a time bomb,” Polye warned.

He added the country’s Census in 2010 recorded about 7.3 million people.

Manus Island Regional Processing Centre to close soon

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill when meeting his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull during the 24th PNG-Australia Ministerial Forum discussed progress in processing asylum seeker claims and the refugee resettlement program.

O’Neill said the processing of asylum seeker claims takes time, and both sides are working to see the centre closed in the future.

“It has served the purpose to stop people smuggling and the loss of life at sea, and at the appropriate time it will close.

Australia signs new aid partnership with PNG

The partnership will look to advance PNG's social and economic development, and deliver vital infrastructure including roads to ensure services reach more people and improve access to markets.

Women's economic empowerment will be a key focus of the partnership which also aims to address PNG's chronic family and sexual violence issues, enabling more women to break the poverty cycle.

These were central to discussion at last week's 24th Australia-Papua New Guinea Ministerial Forum in Canberra.

PNG concedes it can't resettle Manus asylum seekers

During a visit to Canberra, Peter O'Neill said the facility must eventually close.

Comments from the Papua New Guinea prime minister that Australia's asylum seeker detention centre on Manus Island has hurt the country's reputation have come as no surprise to some.

The newspaper, The Age, reported him as saying his government couldn't afford to resettle those found to be refugees.

It was Mr O'Neill who signed a 2012 agreement with then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard to reopen it.

Opposition predicts cash flow situation

They predicted that before the mid-year the nation would experience a deficit of over K1 billion. 

The Opposition is concerned that there is either no understanding of the actual situation or  the professional political negligence on the side of those in control. 

Polye believes that raising finance for meeting fixed commitments and priorities like health, education and infrastructure maintenance will be extremely difficult. 

“The local market has lost its appetite for Treasury Bills and Inscribed Stocks. 

PM’s contempt motion against Koim dismissed

Justice Collin Makail in his ruling this morning found the application was incompetent and upheld Sam Koim’s objection to the motion to dismiss it.

The motion was moved on Nov 19, 2015 by the Prime Minister‘s lawyer, Mal Varitimos. The motion alleged that Koim breached an order of the National Court from July 2014.  

That order was issued restraining him from discussing matters relating to the proceeding in the public including the media (whether print, electronic, social or otherwise).

Kua alludes to financial disaster looming

He said Papua New Guineans will soon pick up the pieces of this colossal financial disaster come March 13, 2016 when the UBS (Union Bank of Switzerland) collar loan facility matures and falls due.

Kua in a statement said the government would need to repay this debt by settling the A$900 million (K1.8 billion) to UBS or refinance the current existing facility with an additional and more expensive short-term debt facility.

Polye takes PM to task over government-induced economic problems

Polye said this after ascertaining the PM, urging exporters to bring their off-shore funds to cushion the current shortage of foreign exchange.

He said he also understood there were plans afoot for the Prime Minister and his government to review the terms and conditions under the controversial Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) K3 billion loan agreement.

“Well-placed sources tell me that Mr O’Neill’s Public Enterprise Minister William Duma and, Petroleum and Energy Minister Ben Micah are working on this arrangement.