Alfred Manase

Manase requests judicial recount

Following a motion hearing this morning, the declaration results for the Judicial recount of the Kandep Open seat drags on after presiding Judge Justice David Cannings reserved his decision for this coming Thursday 15th April

On Wednesday last week, sitting member Alfred Manase filed an application disputing the results of the ordered judicial recount.

Through his submission this morning, he disputed the inclusion of three ballot boxes by the returning officer.

PNGTUC condemns Minister Manase’s call

In a statement today, the PNGTUC responded to the announcement by Minister Manase that employers and worker representatives need to justify why a new minimum wage must be set.

The PNGTUC refutes this claim, stating that provisioned in the "Gazetted" 2014 Minimum Wage Determination is a clause that specifically states, the minimum wage shall be reviewed after three years.

“That is three years after the 03rd July, 2016, when K3.50 rate was effected. 

Justification needed for new minimum wage determination

Minister Manase said this is in response to calls for a new minimum wage determination to be set.

He said a new determination cannot be made unless there is proper justification.

In a media conference over the weekend, the Minister said he was informed of calls from worker representative bodies requesting for a new determination to be made to the minimum wage.

The last minimum wages determination was back in 2014, with the current rate set at K3.50.

Minister Manase said a new determination can only be made once there is sufficient validation.

Atoni Jeneral rausim oda bilong stopim mosen

Loya bilong Manase, John Griffin, i bin kisim bek dispela aplikesen aster long taim tripela Suprim Kot jas, Jastis Derek Hartshorn, Collin Makail, na Oagile Bethuel Dingake i sindaun long harim.

Long Me 15 Manase i bin redim wanpela Aplikesen long stopim Palamen na Praivet Bisnis Komiti long harim wanpela notis bilong mosen bilong vot i no gat bilip (VONCM) we Oposisen i bin kamapim long Me 7.  

Tasol Lida bilong Oposisen, Patrick Pruaitch i bin rausim pinis VONCM long Mande Me 20, wantaim James  Marape, man husat ol i redim long kisim sia bilong Praim MInista.

State files VoNC stay motion

With the Vote of No Confidence motion filed by Opposition on May 7, the Attorney General, Alfred Manase, filed an application to ask the court to stay the VoNC motion from progressing.

“Yesterday I filed an urgent application in the Supreme Court, seeking an order to stay the Parliament and its Committee (PBC) from entertaining or dealing with the notice of motion of no confidence until the Supreme Court makes a final determination of the Supreme Court reference, which was lodged by my predecessor on the 3rd of December, 2018.”

Justice dept issues appeal following kidnapping scare

Furthermore, the public has been advised to contact the National Anti-Human Trafficking Secretariat in the department.

Minister for Justice and Attorney General Alfred Manase said the ministry is on standby to assist police to deal with suspected incidences of human trafficking and alleged kidnappings.

“The department will shortly look at the relevant provisions of the criminal code to ensure that people are protected, and if there is any absence in the legislative framework to ensure that people are held accountable for kidnapping,” said the Minister.

Caretaker Minister for Justice, Attorney General

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said the Cabinet portfolio is highly important for public and business sector governance, and Manase, who is the Minister for Civil Aviation, has the requisite experience.

“Minister Manase has a strong legal background and a comprehensive knowledge of critical issues in the justice system,” said O’Neill.

“The Minister for Justice and Attorney General is a senior Cabinet position and we must ensure continuity ahead of the formal Ministerial appointment.

Cockpit Voice Recorder retrieved from PX 073

Minister for Civil Aviation, Alfred Manase, announced this recently.

The CVR is a vital device for investigators as they aim to find out the circumstances behind the crash landing of PX Flight 073 in the Chuuk Lagoon in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).

The Minister said the CVR was retrieved at 1:40pm on Friday 5th October by US Navy divers.

The CVR preserves the recent history of the sounds in and around the cockpit, including communication between the aircraft and air traffic control and the conversations of the pilots.

AIC investigation team in Chuuk

Minister for Civil Aviation, Alfred Manase, said two investigators arrived in Chuuk 22 hours following the incident and immediately commenced assisting the FSM investigation team.

Minister Manase said as per the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 13 Standards, the FSM have allowed for the PNG AIC Investigation team to participate in the investigation.

He said the two member team arrived in Chuuk on Saturday 29th September at 8 am and immediately began investigation with FSM officials.

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Student allegedly burns down classroom

About 200 students from Kila Kila Secondary School are now left without a classroom after it was allegedly set alight this afternoon.


Kandep trial next Monday

The petition trial over the Kandep open seat, filed by former MP, Don Polye will start next week Monday.