Dr Billy Joseph

New Defence Minister takes charge

An official exchange of roles with his predecessor, Win Daki, took place at the PNG Defence Force Headquarters at Murray Barracks, in Port Moresby.

Relative department heads attended the handover-takeover ceremony, to welcome the new Minister for Defence.

They include the National Volunteer Service, National Disaster Office, National Defence Council and the PNG Fire Service.

The new minister was welcomed with an official gun salute by military personnel.

Minister Joseph thanked the government of the day for entrusting him with the ministry.

Minister for Defence highlights focus areas

“On behalf of the good people of Nipa Kutubu, and the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

“I am honoured to be appointed as the Minister of our PNG Defence Force.

“The Defence of our Sovereignty is an important National Ministry and I thank God for this opportunity to serve, and I thank Prime Minister James Marape for the appointment.

Nipa District Hospital gets doctor

Welcoming Dr Panta was Member for Nipa Kutubu, Dr Billy Joseph, District Planner and community leader Robin Tuna on behalf of the Nipa District Development Authority and Southern Highlands Provincial Government.

Tuna said Nipa Hospital has been operating without a doctor for the past nine years and Dr Panta’s decision to serve in Nipa is a piece of welcoming news.

Dr Billy was also grateful for Dr Panta’s decision.

Nipa Kutubu leaders in cold war

Dr Joseph made this call after some leaders from the district made a smear campaign against him using social media in recent times. Dr Joseph has accused Nipa Kutubu Open seat runner-up in the 2017 polls, Fiebik Simon Kilip, of heading this smear campaign.

“As a mandated leader and MP for Nipa Kutubu, I do not condone this and find it utterly irresponsible for a person rising up to best represent our people yet choosing insinuation to settle scores he may have against me or my people.

However, Mr. Kilip has denied being responsible for this.

Nipa Kutubu MP supports Marape's call

"With the greatest respect to all of you; the spur of the moment comment by Minister JT was careless and wrong; and happened at a time when we have days before the leaders of two of the world’s greatest economies are coming. 

“Let’s also appreciate that the words were aimed at those who were cyber bullying his daughter; but we in government caucus also felt offended that a national leader should never utter such words. As a result both the good Minister and PM have apologized.