Special Parliamentary Committee

GBV Report

The Special Parliamentary Committee prepared the tabled the report on GBV, chaired by Member for Alotau Charles Abel.

Abel disseminated a strong speech regarding the call to action and various critical issues identified by the committee.

The terrible rates of violence in PNG have risen, and people in the country are using this appalling exercise as a means to resolve their conflicts.

Action Required To End SARV

It has become apparent that a growing concern in society is based around the rising cases in Sorcery Accusation Relation Violence (SARV). The statistics show that these numbers are not only in outlying villages but also now in bigger towns and cities.

Ruth Kissam of the Tribal Foundation told tragic stories of SARV cases in the Parliamentary hearing in May that had the committee flinch in disbelief of how such acts could occur.

GBV Committee Makes Call To Action

The committee has come together once more in preparation for the August parliament sitting. A report will be produced to include concrete, practical recommendations for action, aimed at reducing levels of GBV across the country and improving responses for GBV Survivors.

GBV Public Hearing A Historic Event

The two-day session aimed at understanding the challenges faced by survivors and service providers, identify gaps in the system and presenting recommendations to the Parliament.

One of the priority areas was to investigate the roadblocks behind the funding and implementation of the 2016-2025 National GBV Strategy.

The seven-member Committee summoned various stakeholders including the Minister of Community Development, Youth and Religion, Minister for Police, Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, Office of Public Prosecutor, Public Solicitor’s Office, NGOs and Churches.

GBV public inquiry

The turn-out for this public hearing brought key figures from different departments that placed importance in voicing the critical issues related to addressing GBV.

For two days, the hearings will discuss critical issues related to addressing GBV, including:

Inquiry notes ‘frenzy of evictions’

The inquiry into the National Housing Corporation evictions in Lae continues, with chairman Gary Juffa saying the committee met this week to further its mandated public sector reform agenda.

“Our proceedings so far are starting to show signs of deterioration of any public service housing agenda by the State through NHC,” Juffa stated.

Leave fares system must be scrapped

This is one of the recommendations contained in the ‘Special Report on Teachers Leave Fares’ carried out by the Committee this year.

SPC Secretariat Head, Bill Hamblin, tells Loop PNG that the committee views the current system as a failure.

“We’ve looked at teachers leave fares and why they weren’t delivered on time and the committee has recommended a completely new system.

“Our view is that it will never work the way it is,” Hamblin says.

Lack of system to train public servants

And despite the revival of training programs for the public service, there has already been a whole generation of public servants not adequately skilled to take on management roles and effectively deliver services to PNG.

The Special Parliamentary Committee on Public Sector Reform and Service Delivery says this creates a gap in the middle management of the public service.

“We’ve had a whole generation where we haven’t trained people. So we have a group of people who are well versed and well trained but they’re all at retirement age.