Peter O'Neill

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.

Gov't lack effective disaster response

Mr Polye has slammed the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for directing his government’s response through the District Development Authorities.

He said such direction had forced the DDAs to forgo priority infrastructures when the funds were mobilized for relief supplies or vice versa.

“Open MPs chair the boards and often appoint their political allies to dominate the boards.

“Researchers and other experts have described how some MPs direct relief efforts to their political supporters rather than according to the communal need,” said Polye.

PNG to help Tonga with Pacific Games

This announcement was made today after a meeting with Prime Minister of Tonga Akilishi Pohiva.

O’Neill says PNG will help build the main stadium that will host track and field events and also help build the High Performance Centre.

He says PNG has experience in in hosting such events in difficult circumstances.

“Our experts will be available if they require assistance,” O’Neill says.

To emphasise PNG’s promise to assist the Sports and Tourism Minister Justin Tkatchenko will lead a delegation to Tonga to assess areas in which PNG can provide help.

PM farewells US Ambassador

PM O’Neill made the comments following a farewell call from Ambassador North prior to his return to the United States at the end of this month.

The Prime Minister further thanked Ambassador North for his commitment to empowering communities and enhancing social relations between the people of Papua New Guinea and the United States.

“Ambassador North has a genuine commitment to community development and improving living standards for our people,” the Prime Minister said.

Tonga needs K380m to host 2019 Pacific Games

Prime Minister of Tonga Akilishi Pohiva arrived today in Port Moresby to discuss the preparations of the games with the big brother, PNG.

 Pohiva admitted that the commitment was made  by the previous government and  it was not his dealings but he would honour it and make it happen.

In a brief media conference at the Jacksons International press room after his arrival, Pohiva said his delegation is here for bilateral talks with the PNG government on what will be the next step in terms of the games preparations.

‘Spies’ get PNG marching orders

In a substantial blow to diplomatic relations between Australia and its former colony, PNG has gone ahead with a threat to end contracts for foreigners brought in to the nation’s public service.

There had been 33 Australian public servants seconded to various PNG departments including officials from the Tax Office, Customs, the Auditor-General, the Ombudsman, Treasury and Finance.

O’ Neill tells Opposition not to mislead media

“I had hoped that in 2016 the nation would have a mature and responsible Opposition, but with the way Mr Polye has sought to manage his affairs in the last week of the year I expect we will be disappointed.

“The people of Papua New Guinea are sick and tired of the cheap and personal gutter politics we have seen from opposition leaders in this term of Parliament.

“Papua New Guineans want debate on policy on substantive issues that matter to the lives of the men, women and children of our nation.

Opposition rebuffs PM project claims

Mr Polye reiterated that he put the record straight on the projects.

He said that he was not only instrumental in designing the projects through the National Transport plan in the past government, but also in negotiating for soft loans to realise the dreams which the current government was boasting about.

“I was smart enough to tie funds for the projects into a conventional agreement with the donors, particularly JICA and ADB.