Peter O'Neill

Foreign media urged to be fair

O’Neill made this statement after the Supreme Court quashed his warrant of arrest case last Friday.

“This saga has done great damage to the nation, it has cost millions of Kina in the legal process, both to me personally and to the state, and our country’s name has been dragged through the mud.

“In particular, media outlets like the ABC have continuously acted without due care for the legal process that is taking place in the country,” says the PM.

PM welcomes Supreme Court ruling

He told media this afternoon that the ruling by the three-man bench is a clear demonstration of the independence of the judiciary system of the country.

He said it was clearly a politically motivated case by people with vested interest out to tarnish his name, and he hopes the real culprits can be caught.

“This is a decision that has a lot of common sense and it is a decision against people who are maliciously using both government agencies and the courts to get political merit out of,” said O’Neill.

“From the start this was a political witch-hunt.”

PM applauds PNG Games athletes

At the closing ceremony of the games this weekend in Kimbe, West New Britain Province, the Prime Minister further highlighted the power of sport in bringing people together.

“Over the past two weeks, we have seen the best of our young men and women in our country,” the Prime Minister said.

“You have competed in many sports and showed us the great unifying power of the event that has taken place in our country.

“We have seen this a lot of times when we have hosted events over the last few years.

2018 budget based on commonsense: PM

“When we formed the Government in Alotau, we promised to deliver stable and sensible administration, and you can see that commitment evident in this budget,” the Prime Minister said ahead of the tabling of the budget by the Treasurer in Parliament this week.

“In this budget there will be no cuts to our core national priorities, particularly education and healthcare.

“We will deliver a productive and safe APEC summit in 2018 through modest expenditure that builds capacity and leaves legacy in our Government agencies.

LOs want PM to deliver on promise

During the 2017 National Election campaign trail, O’Neill announced in Tari that the Government will transfer the 25 percent of Kroton shares (4.2 percent), worth K3.5 billion, to landowners from Hela, Southern Highlands, Western, Gulf and Central provinces.

At the time, O’Neill said this was in line with the spirit of transferring 17.4 percent of Bougainville Copper Limited shares to the people of Bougainville and the 33 percent ownership of Ok Tedi to the Western Province mine affected landowners.

VIDEO: PM on Kramer

He made the call after he was asked by Kramer to give evidence of corrupt dealings by leaders.

 

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VIDEO: Hides Security update

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill told this newsroom that the number of security forces will increase in the next few days.

His response came after Shadow Minister for Democratic Institutions and the Rule of Law Kerenga Kua released a statement claiming that O'Neill must be blamed for the lawlessness behavior happening in Southern Highlands and Hela Provinces.

Kua claimed that regular incidents of violence and lawlessness are taking place in these two provinces, without the lack of government supervised interventions.

PM outraged over child’s abuse

PM Peter O’Neill said police had been dispatched to investigate the abuse, and any individual who tries to impede the lawful investigation will be arrested.

He stresses such attacks cannot be tolerated and the abusers must be exposed, and this requires leadership from community elders.

“Let’s be clear, sanguma beliefs are absolute rubbish,” the Prime Minister said.

“In the modern day, sanguma is not a real cultural practice, it is a false belief and involves the violent abuse and torture of women and girls by pathetic and perverted individuals.

Kumuls have our respect: PM

"It was a solid game against England,” says Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

“Our team played hard, and they can now learn from the experience and look towards the next World Cup.”

The PM says regardless of the result in Melbourne, outstanding games have been played by the Kumuls in this World Cup tournament.

"They have again united the nation as we watched the games, and we have all been impressed,” continues O’Neill.

PM highlights importance of digital economy

He said APEC economies continue to make progress in expanding the use of these platforms by people around the region.

“Today we live in a digital world and the continued use of technology in our economies is growing by the day.

Papua New Guinea will continue to build on our technology uptake.

“This will ensure that our communities, particularly in remote locations, can use new technologies to participate in the economy, and for the delivery social services and education.

“I am very pleased to see many of our young people adapting to new technology.