Minister for Defence

Defence Minister commits to modernizing the fire service

In a statement released on Saturday 20 April, the Minister, who is also responsible for the PNG Fire Service, has outlined the following priorities and strategies necessary to create a modern fire service:

Dr Billy attends JPIDD meeting in Tokyo

This is his first overseas engagement as the new Minister of Defence.

The JPIDD is one of the pillars of the regional security architecture initiated by Japan and contributes to regional peace and security by fostering trust and sustained practical cooperation among its members and dialogue partners.

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.

General Board of Inquiry into Kupiano training tragedy

The inquiry will examine the administration, systems and processes of conduct of the military training in the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF), especially in this particular training.

The Investigation Report commissioned by the Commander of the PNGDF will form the basis of the General Board of Inquiry.

West Papuans call for help

The group includes men, women and children.

The West Papuans, from Boven Digoel village, are currently in North Fly District.

Pictures of the West Papuans who crossed over were shared with this newsroom by a reliable source on ground.

Michael Pius said the people began crossing the border in November.

Pius, who is from a mixed parentage of Western Province and West Papua, said their safety in West Papua was not guaranteed because state security cannot protect them.

He said they felt their lives were in danger and so fled across the border.

Govt support pledged for Western road project

Minister for Defence and Telefomin MP Solan Mirisim, who officiated at the launch of Alicepit-Ambaga-Yetetkun (Indonesia) road project launch at the invitation of North Fly MP James Donald, assured the people this week that he would take the project to the Cabinet level for National Executive Council submission and endorsement.

He also took the opportunity to inform the people about the O’Neill-Abel government’s priorities, including connecting the missing links around the country by road.

Doctor’s attack not taken lightly: Minister

Minister Mirisim said PNG Defence Force maintains zero tolerance towards violence and will work closely with the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary for justice to prevail.

The Ear, Nose and Throat registrar was attacked at North Waigani by a PNG Defence Force soldier and his cohorts on May 19.

Dr Wahembari sustained trauma to his right eye, loss of vision and a fractured nose.

Aust govt increases support

Around 140,000 people living in the remote areas of the Highlands region were most impacted by the earthquake.

In a joint statement, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne and Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, said: “Continuing aftershocks have caused further damage in these areas, including a 5.8 magnitude earthquake on 5 March and a 6.7 magnitude earthquake this morning.