Prime Minister Peter O'Neill

Spirit of service and sacrifice must remain with young

O’Neill said this during the Dawn Service commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the ANZAC Day.

Many young people from Australia, New Zealand, and PNG were present during the commemoration and the Prime Minister welcomed them to pay their respects.

“The spirit of service and the commemoration of sacrifice must live with our young generation. Young Papua new Guineas, young Australians, New Zealanders, British, the American, Japanese and all other nations must learn from the lessons of war,” he said.

O’Neill meets Cosgrove

O’Neill and Cosgrove met at the Airways Hotel for a brief discussion to end day one of the Governor-Generals tour.

The meeting at Airways was attended by Minister for Sports, Special Events and APEC, Justin Tkatchenko, Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Bruce Davies, Foreign Affairs Secretary, William Dihm, and members of Cosgrove’s delegation.

Day two of Sir Peters tour will begin with the Dawn Service at the Bomana War Cemetery.

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Prime Minister nominates in Pangia

A huge crowd turned out to witness this event with one council ward paying the Prime Minister’s nomination fee of K1,000.

He was accompanied by his son, Brian O’Neill, Finance Minister and Member for Tari Pori, James Marape, Health Minister and Member for Moresby North West Michael Malabag, Kagua-Erave MP, James Lagea, Nipa-Kutubu Mp, Jeffery Komal, Member for Mendi, De Kewanu and Member for Dei, Wesley Nukundj.

Supreme Court: OC has power to investigate PM

A five-man Supreme Court bench delivered its ruling on Thursday over the reference that was put to the high court for interpretation of 11 questions.

The 11 questions referred for interpretation was over the alleged improper borrowing of K3 billion from the Union Bank of Switzerland by the government to buy shares in Oil Search Ltd as well as the alleged improper tender and procurement of consultants in relation to the borrowing taken out by the government in 2013.

Supreme Court allows appeal on ITFS disbanding to be heard

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia on Wednesday afternoon ordered a stay against the National Court’s decision on Dec 2,2016 which dismissed the judicial review.

The review was filed by Sam Koim as Chairman of the Investigation Task Force Sweep team over its disbanding in 2014.

He filed an appeal on Jan 6, 2017 on 13 grounds against the decision of trial judge, Justice Collin Makail.

PM O’Neill calls to reinstate Dr John Niblett at Angau hospital

O’Neill said this should be done in the current absence of an oncologist at the Hospital.

He said this when responding to Lae MP, Loujaya Kouza, who asked on the status on the appointment of a new Oncologist following the resignation of Dr Nibletts successor.

Kouza said there was currently a back log of cancer patients awaiting treatment while a new appointment was yet t be made.

She also said Dr Niblett was yet to receive outstanding entitlements owed to him by the Government.

Government to partner with companies to fix national highways

Minister for Works and Implementation Francis Awesa told Parliament today this is the long term strategy that will be used to improve the road conditions of all national highways.

Awesa said he will release a ministerial statement in this week’s Parliament sitting on how the PPP agreement will work.       

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill advised Parliament on Tuesday that Cabinet had approved an increase in infrastructure tax credit scheme from 1.75 to 2 per cent to support the PPP agreement.

Investigation into NHC properties not completed

“There is an official internal investigation but I have not received a report as yet, when received will table in Parliament,” Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said.

He was responding to questions from Goroka MP Bire Kimisopa in Parliament during Question Time today.  

Kimisopa asked if the Investigation into National Housing Corporation promised by the prime minister in 2016 had been completed.

US president decision will not affect PNG: O’Neill

O’Neill was responding to a series of questions from Opposition Leader Don Polye in Parliament on Tuesday.

Polye said the decision by the biggest economy in the world will surely have a negative impact on Papua New Guinea’s economy.

He added the alternative government policy when in power will be to protect PNG business and maintain Free Trade Agreements, like the one we share with European Union.

Police partnership to continue with Australia

The announcement follows a meeting between Australian High Commissioner, Bruce Davies, and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

"The contingent of 73 AFP will continue both in their current roles of helping to enhance Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary capacity, and in support of APEC planning. While we have seen challenges in the delivery of this program, we have also seen positive outcomes, particularly in areas such as police station arrest processing procedures," O'Neill said.