Davis Steven

PNG’s forefathers focused on rights: Minister

And the journey and challenge continues 42 years on, says Davis Steven, the Minister for Justice & Attorney General.

He said the PNG constitution recognises not only the UN charters but also the principles of human rights and freedom.

A human rights commission is the current government’s show of commitment to this area.

Two petitions filed against Steven

The second-term MP, had petitions filed by Glenn Tobewa and Professor, Misty Baloiloi.

In the petition filed by Glenn Tobewa, two persons have been summoned by the court to be available for the trial.

Treasurer, Dairi Vele, has also been summoned to produce copies of signed cheques before October 4, for the trial.

As for the petition filed by Professor Baloiloi, he is alleging one count of bribery and undue influence against Steven.

Aust envoy summoned over resettlement deal

In a statement, Minister for Justice & Attorney General, Davis Steven, said the objective of the meet was to put before the Australian Government PNG’s position that the existing Regional Resettlement Arrangement (RRA) for asylum seekers is current, effective and binding for both the Australian Government and PNG Government.

“Secondly, reference to the 31st October 2017 as the date of closure of the Manus Regional Processing Centre is not correct. That date has not been agreed to by the Government of this sovereign nation,” said Minister Steven.

Govt halts landing fees for Third Level Airlines to rural airstrips

That was revealed in Parliament this morning by the Minister for Civil Aviation Davis Steven. He was responding to questions asked by Goilala MP William Samb.

The Goilala Electorate in Central Province is mountainous and airstrips play an important part in service delivery because it does not have a road link.

Samb acknowledged the establishment of Rural Airstrip Agency to fix the many airstrips in his electorate but question if Government had plans to encourage airlines to operate on those routes.