Prime Minister Peter O’Neill

​No-confidence motion adjourned

However, before the matter could go into whether the opposition had standing in the case, preliminary issues were brought before the court by lawyers representing Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Leader of Government Business James Marape and a member of the Parliamentary Committee on private business, William Powi.

The three leaders, through their lawyers, moved an application seeking to be added as additional parties in the case, saying they are directly affected in the motion filed by the opposition.

ACP needs to think globally: Prime Minister

O’Neill is the president of the 79 ACP member states and chaired the 8th Summit in Port Moresby last week. 

He said the development needs of many ACP member states differ because some are developing countries while others are least-developed. 

“Finding common ground is difficult,” O’Neill said.

He added that leaders agreed to restructure the ACP Secretariat so it will be effective and also encourage more trade between member states.

PM responds to points in students’ petition

In a nine-page letter, the PM responded to the 10 points raised by the universities.

1.UBS loan

“This matter is before the Court and as such it would be sub judice for me to discuss several aspects at this stage. However I wish to clarify misunderstanding and confusion over this borrowing,” O’Neill said.

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No end in sight for student boycotts

Students at the University of Papua New Guinea who have been boycotting classes for three weeks are pondering their next move after the Prime Minister ignored their ultimatum to step down.

Court set hearing date of PM’s appeal

Court set hearing date of PM’s appeal

The date for the hearing has been set for June 3. The hearing date was set this morning by Justice Terrence Higgins.

Parties present in court today were the PM’s lawyer from Twivey Lawyers Desmond Kipa and Damaru and Gitua’s lawyer McRonald Nale.

Parties were ordered this morning to file all extracts of arguments seven days before the hearing date of June 3.

This hearing will proceed after Justice Sir Bernard Sakora, sitting as a single Supreme Court on Feb 23, allowed leave for the Prime Minister to move the appeal.

PM blasts Namah for interference on Regional Processing Centre

“Let the governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia go about getting on with the process of adhering to court orders.

“Closure of the centre will require coordinate effort and our officials from both countries are working on this at the moment,” PM O’Neill said.

“Just standing on a soapbox and beating your chest does nothing to change the processes involved in adhering to this decision.

“The centre will not close overnight as it is a significant scale of operation and this process has to be done properly.

Divine Word University main campus joins in the fight

DWU’s student representative council arranged with the administration and hosted a forum yesterday in the St John Paul II Community Hall, Madang campus.

“A majority of the students presented their views in line with our sister universities; for Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to step aside and be questioned,” a student, who did not want to be named, told Loop PNG today.

NGO groups call for nationwide stop work

Activist Noel Anjo says that by Monday May 9, if Prime Minister Peter O’Neill refuses to step down from office and Police Commissioner fails to reinstate Fraud Squad officers a nationwide stop work will take place.

 Anjo says that if these actions are not taken after receiving the UPNG Students petition tomorrow Wednesday May 4, then the NGOs, Civil Society and UPNG Students will stage a combined peaceful protest on Monday May  9, 2016 at Unagi Oval, Gordons.

‘Biased’ media firms to be banned from entering UPNG

The secretary of UPNG’s student representative council (SRC) Wesley Warun told Loop PNG: “EMTV, Post-Courier and The National will not be allowed to enter the campus next week because they are biased.”

UPNG’s current stance is for Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to step down and the two top cops, National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate boss Matthew Damaru and Chief Inspector Timothy Gitua, be reinstated.

The institution believes that those three media houses are pro-O’Neill.

O’Neill slams Polye’s claims on ABG funds

In a conference this afternoon, Polye called on Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to appropriate K70 million funding to the Autonomous Bougainville Government.

Polye claimed that the money was given by the People’s Republic of China to build a technical institution in the autonomous region.

However, he claimed that O’Neill diverted the funds to his own electorate in Ialibu-Pangia to build the new Western Pacific University.