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Woodside chief set to talk with PNG's O'Neill

The PNG based energy producer says the offer grossly undervalues it.

Woodside's chief executive, Peter Coleman, is set to hold talks with the PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill this week.

The government holds a 10 per cent stake in Oil Search and has significant sway over whether a deal could proceed, given it also owns 17 per cent in PNG's foundation LNG gas project.

Australian minister apologises for Pacific ‘lapping waves’ quip

Dutton had made the comments as he chatted to Prime Minister Tony Abbott Friday ahead of an event which appeared to be running late, quipping as a microphone hovered overhead that “time doesn’t mean anything when you’re about to be, you know, have water lapping at your door”.

Abbott had just returned from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) meeting between regional leaders in Papua New Guinea, where combating climate change was a key issue.

“I should have realised the mike was there and didn’t,” Dutton told Sky News.

Development partners told to align support to regional priorities, PM O’Neill

Pacific Leaders engaged in meaningful roundtable discussion with the development partners Friday where they were briefed on decisions made on climate change, the 10 year fisheries roadmap, information and communication technology (ICT), cervical cancer and West Papua.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill of Papua New Guinea told journalists after the meeting that the donors and partners were very engaging in the dialogue.

Pacific Islands Forum will showcase PNG, says Peter O’Neill

The host, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, told The Australian the Port Moresby summit “will showcase PNG’s energy and diversity, and we shall take leadership roles in some issues we are passionate about”.

These would include “climate change — and how the Pacific should position itself in that ­debate” in the run-up to the Paris World Climate Summit, “and about economic integration of the Pacific as a means of supporting the development of the region and mobilising skills”.

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Fuel crisis looming

Staff members of PNG Puma have been told that the country is likely to run out of petrol in the coming weeks as the company winds down its supply to the country.

Free education may help girls’ health: Babao

PM O’Neill responds to Hela landowners petition

The Prime Minister commended the petitioners for showing flexibility in discussion with the Government and extending their call for response which has enabled the Government to consult relevant Agencies and other landowner leaders. (Responses attached)

“I am fully aware of the frustrations of our people in Hela Province,” the Prime Minister said in his response to the petition.

“What I can assure you is that this Government is committed to working with all stakeholders, including the Hela Provincial Government, in addressing the State's commitments in the Agreements.”

​PM and bank boss to parade PNG prospects for investors

It will be a prime minister pumped up from an apparently successful visit to India and agreement with that country for soft loans and improved ties between the two countries.

Mr O’Neill will deliver the keynote address this morning at the annual Papua New Guinea Advantage Investment Summit.

The summit is a two-day conference on “the Pacific’s fastest growing economy and Australia’s nearest neighbor …..Papua New Guinea’’.

Do not abuse goodness of Papua New Guineans: Poyle

He said this today during the opening of the final day of the Waigani Seminar in Port Moresby.

“I warn us that we must not do that,” said Polye.

“The people of this nation, they are illiterate of course, but they are not fools!”

“Government is running out with the patience, and goodness, and decency of Papua New Guineans.”

Polye said the opposition had predicted an economic crisis and that the likelihood of that happening was now a reality.

He said desperate measure had to be taken immediately to avoid the effects of it within the next three years.

Govt to scrap 'foreign advisers'

As of January 1 next year, any expatriates working in departments will to have be employees of the Government of Papua New Guinea.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill announced this when answering a question from Kundiawa-Gembogl MP Tobias Kulang about the numbers of foreign consultants in the country.

Mr O’Neill said there were advisers and consultants in many of the government departments and that the Papua New Guineans in top roles often deferred to those advisers.