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​Moves to dismiss PM’s stayed arrest adjourned

The National Court at Waigani has adjourned an application sought by heads of the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate to dismiss the stay on the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s arrest to next year.


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​Moves to dismiss PM’s stayed arrest adjourned

Justice Collin Makail adjourned the matter from Thursday (Dec 10) for listing on February 2, 2016. He also indicated that the substantive matter which is the trial review into the manner in which that arrest warrant was issued by the District Court will return on that date.

Matthew Damaru and Timothy Gitua in their capacities as the director and deputy director of the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate are seeking to set aside the stay on Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s arrest.

Public Servants pay problems loom

For the last two fortnights public servants in some government departments received their salaries very late.

A senior government official told LOOP PNG that in the last two fortnights they had to “run around to find money” to pay salaries.

He says they were told the Government account is in the red by K3 billion.

However,  Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has brushed aside this talk, saying: “The Government has adequate funds to meet its commitments and the payroll for public servants”.

Govt calls surprise vote of confidence

Leader of government business James Marape  moved a motion for a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister.

Those in the chamber  have just voted .. 78 members voted for the PM and 2 against.

The two who voted against the motion are Oro Governor Gary Juffa and Goilala MP William Samb

Parliament has just been adjourned to 3rd November for the tabling of the annual budget.

O’Neill lashes out at no-confidence notice

This is the Prime Minister’s response to the filing of a vote of confidence against him by the Opposition.

"It is desperate and ambitious, not done in the best interest of the nation but for personal interest driven by desire for revenge,’’ the Prime Minister charged.

"The country today faces huge challenges with El Niño and global economic conditions which require our Parliament's attention.

We are fixing neglect of the past – O’Neill

He says they are now fixing the neglect of the past.

O’Neill said this at the Papua New Guinea Defence Academy, 2nd Defence Force Commissioning Course (DFCC) Graduation Parade

“At barracks around the country we are rebuilding housing, we are rebuilding offices and we are restoring working conditions and restoring pride,” he says.

O’Neill says it is not a quick job to fix and it is going to take time.

PNG judicial independence queried

The lawyers, Greg Egan and Terence Lambert, were preparing to represent PNG investigators in a major fraud case against the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill.

But they were blocked from entering the country, apparently on instruction from Chief Migration Officer Mataio Rabura.

An executive member for the Law Council of Australia, Morry Bailes, says he is disturbed by the reports.

PM O’Neill failing landowners by delaying cancelation of SABLs: Juffa

That’s the reality in PNG, according to Oro Governor, Gary Juffa in an exclusive interview with PACNEWS recently.

Since the tabling of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the SABL in October 2013, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill promised in Parliament that the reports were to be made public, and action would be taken immediately.

Turnbull committed on climate: PM O'Neill

Peter O'Neill will soon be dealing with his fourth Australian prime minister since 2011.

He has already invited Malcolm Turnbull to visit Port Moresby and is especially buoyed by the new leader's enthusiasm for tackling climate change.

"I think he will prosecute the case better," O'Neill told AAP.

He hopes Turnbull is able to win over some of his cabinet colleagues on the issue.

PM O'Neill held talks with former prime minister Tony Abbott on the sidelines of the Pacific Islands Forum last week before he was ousted from office.

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PM: our soldiers hunting for border kidnap gang

PNG Defence Force troops are searching around the border with Indonesia for two foreigners allegedly being held against their will.

NZ minister takes a hands-off approach to climate victims