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Friday, 24 November

05:00

Its a mixed result for PNG in new business risk report Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

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STAFF REPORTER | PNG Industry News.net

PERTH - A comprehensive study has just been completed about where in the world you would find the best and the worst jurisdictions in which to invest your hard-earned cash.

Published by our sister publication, the Mining Journal World Risk Report is a comprehensive piece of work which gives a studied and balanced appraisal of what risks may be encountered in nearly every spot on earth.

"This report is not designed as a comprehensive risk-assessment document, said the report's author, Chris Cann

Rather, it is an investment-risk guide that comes with the supporting data to start building a deeper-level risk assessment ahead of an investment decision."

Papua New Guinea has a mixed showing in the report. In hard risk ratings' it features 17th worst in the world, but scores roughly midway in perceived risk ratings'.

On the investment risk index', PNG features two-thirds of the way down on the list, where Canada is at the top and Democratic Republic of Congo, Laos and Guinea are at the bottom.

PNG is dead-on midway in the opportunity index', led by Canada and tailed, somewhat surprisingly, by Italy.

Its 130 pages contain the results in an easy-read format, in which countries are judged on the following criteria:

Legal: Considers the mining code's ability to protect investment;

Governance: Considers the ease at which miners should expect to set up and conduct business and how severe the challenges are likely to be related to corrupt bureaucracy;

Social: Considers the level of underlying political and social tension that could lead to unrest, protests, activism or violent conflict; and

Fiscal: Considers how punitive the tax structure is as well as the health of the underlying economic environment;

Infrastructure: Considers a jurisdiction's energy security and how well it is set up with mining-related transport infrastructure.

...

04:38

Racism in Australia to be scrutinised on the world stage "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Government is bracing for another round of intense scrutiny at the United Nations this time focusing on its efforts to combat racial discrimination.

Despite being a nation committed to fairness and multiculturalism, racism is a growing problem in Australia one that causes immense pain to racial and ethnic minority communities, and which threatens to tear our social fabric apart.

Next week in Geneva, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination will assess Australias compliance with a key international law that Australia pledged to uphold to tackle racism.

A coalition of Australian NGOs will brief the Committee in Geneva and present a report, endorsed by 53 organisations. The report documents Australias backward slide in the treatment of ethnic minority communities, refugees, people who seek asylum and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The Committee is likely to question Australia about its cruelty towards people seeking asylum and the dire situation on Manus Island, which the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called a humanitarian crisis.

Australias poor record on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples rights will also come under review, including the alarming increase in governments locking up Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and taking children into child protection, the lack of progress on meeting Closing the Gap targets, racist social security policies, and the rejection of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The Committee is also likely to ask Australia why it still lacks a federal human rights charter to ensure equality for all Australians.

Only last month, Australia was slammed by the UN Human Rights Committee for failing to adequately engage and respond to UN bodies and recommendations. The stinging rebuke came just a month after Australia was appointed to the Human Rights Council.

Download report: Australias Compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

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00:19

PNG Police arrest Iranian Kurdish journalist and asylum seeker Behrouz Boochani Papua New Guinea Today

Iranian Kurdish journalist and asylum seeker Behrouz Boochani was arrested today by Police in Papua New Guinea's Manus Island for his role in discouraging fellow refugees to vacate the already shut down Regional Processing Centre.

Police boss David Yapu confirmed the arrest had nothing to do with Boochanis profile and role as a journalist in an attempt to silence his reporting on the issues from within the centre.
Boochani was among another 37 refugees who were ordered out of the centre to their new temporary centre today while the others remain in the closed centre.

No force was used to remove the refugees but it was difficult to convince them out of the condemned centre, said PPC Yapu.
Mr. Yapu said Boochani is the first of the ring leaders arrested for leading other refugees in resisting to evacuate the centre and others who have been identified will be arrested in the following days.

00:00

Caught Our Notice: When authors go MIA, the article may follow "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Title: IRF9 inhibits human acute myeloid leukemia through the SIRT1-p53 signaling pathway What Caught Our Attention: When authors fail to respond to editors requests for information, it isnt hard to imagine that the submitted manuscript will lose its publishing appeal. In this case, the journal and publisher withdrew the article after repeated attempts to contact the authors []

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Thursday, 23 November

20:55

Refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani arrested in Manus as squad steps in "IndyWatch Feed National"

Papua New Guineas paramilitary police officers have arrested refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani during a raid on the Manus Island detention centre.

On Thursday morning PNG police, the paramilitary Mobile Squad and immigration officers entered the centre to force out the remaining hundreds of refugees who for more than three weeks have camped in deteriorating conditions.

Refugees reported that about 40 men had been forced on to buses, presumably heading to the transit accommodation. An ABC journalist reported seeing several buses carrying refugees leave the centre.

The men have refused to leave the facility which formally closed at the end of last month because of their safety fears in the town of Lorengau.

It was not clear on Thursday afternoon where Boochani had been taken, or whether he had been charged. Manus Island police officials could not be reached.

Boochani has been one of the most prominent of the group, reporting for the Guardian and a number of other publications around the world on the conditions inside the centre.

On Thursday afternoon several refugees confirmed Boochani had been taken away from the camp by members of the Mobile Squad. Pictures of the event showed him being led away, flanked by officers.

Boochani had been reporting from a hiding place in the toilets while officers confiscated phones and destroyed the belongings of refugees.

However, according to witnesses, officers specifically searched for him and others reporting events to the outside world.





Iranian-Kurdish refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani has been arrested on Manus Island. He was seen taken away from the detention centre by the paramilitary Mobile Squad.

Amnesty International said it wasnt clear why Boochani had been arrested but it appeared to be a deliberate attempt to isolate human rights activists from the wider group.


The arrest of Behrouz Boochani as a so-called ringleader of the peaceful protest on Manus Island is deeply misguided, said Kate Schuetze, Amnesty Internationals Pacific researcher.

It violates his rights and sends a terrible signal about PNGs intentions with regard to the remaining 400-plus men. He...

20:36

Link NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE

231117SOUTH SUDAN PEACE-BUILDER SHARES REFERENDUM EXPERIENCE
By Press/laukai

The people of Bougainville have been urged to remain committed to the Bougainville Peace Agreement to ensure the referendum is an internationally credible process.

The comments came from South Sudan peace-builder and former government minister, Dr Luka Kuol when sharing his experience with the ABG Members yesterday.

He said that Bougainville was unique, and needs home-grown solutions, but I am here to share South Sudans experience so that the Bougainville experience can be better,.

Dr Kuol emphasised the need to prioritise social cohesion, to make people confident to disarm and unify behind the post-referendum outcome.

Bougainville must also ensure it takes each step alongside the national government as well as maintain strong linkages to the international community.

Dr Kuol was former Minister for Presidential Affairs, Government of South Sudan, and is visiting Bougainville with the support of the United Kingdom and Conciliation Resources International.

Dr Luka conducted a workshop with government and members of civil society, and briefed the Bougainville House of Representatives on South Sudans experience so that Bougainville can prepare well for the conduct of the Bougainville Referendum in 2019.

Ends

20:28

Link NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE

231117MEMBER NAKIN CALLS FOR EARLY PREPARATIONS
By Aloysius Laukai

The National member for North Bougainville, WILLIAM NAKIN has called on the Sporting authorities to budget for biannual events like the PNG Games and other such activities and not to make last minute requests for assistance and fundraisings.
The member made these remarks in Buka this week when donating FIFTY THOUSAND KINA towards the BOUGAINVILLE team participating at the PNG GAMES in KIMBE, West New Britain Province.
Member NAKIN urged sports administrators and executives to begin to consider other aspects of youth development as well besides that of sports.
Bougainville National members have pledged FIVE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND KINA towards the Bougainville team.
The Member for South presented TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND KINA, member for North Bougainville, FIFTY THOUSAND KINA, the Regional member has also pledged TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND KINA whilst the Minister for Bougainville and member for Central Bougainville has pledged ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINA towards the team.
Member NAKIN said the PNG GAMES is a biannual event and those responsible for it including the Provincial Governments and the ABG must prepare for it.

Ends

20:21

Link NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE

231117PUNGHAU WELCOMES DOCTOR KUOL
By Aloysius Laukai

Meanwhile the ABG Minister for Peace Agreement Implementation, Albert Punghau,in welcoming Dr Kuol to Bougainville said that Bougainville needs to listen to the South Sudans Referendum Experience to prepare well for the Bougainville Referendum.

He said that We must learn from the lessons of others to prepare for ours scheduled for 2019.

He said that even though referendum is a new concept for Papua New Guinea and Bougainville, we can draw upon our internal cultural values to prepare ourselves for it.

MR. PUNGHAU said that People with direct experience like Dr Kuol can assist us to create a referendum that is credible, a referendum that can sustain long lasting peace and put an end to the Bougainville conflict once and for all.

He said that we must be patient, sensitive and creative by engaging with the people at all levels.

We must not pre-empt the outcome, but we must prepare ourselves to be referendum ready being peaceful, unified, weapons-free and continuing to deliver services that the people need.

Whichever way the cookie crumbles, the democratic process needs to take place and we must be prepared to accept the will of the people when they cast their vote.

Ends

20:19

Link NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE

231117NAKIN TO SUPPORT YOUTH PROJECTS
By Aloysius Laukai

The National member for North Bougainville has vowed to support North Bougainville youths in all works of life to make sure North Bougainville moves forward into the future by providing funding for Social, Economic and Spiritual development for youths.
Member NAKIN said that he was ready and willing to provide funds for youth groups who have Coconut and Cocoa rehabilitation, animal husbandry, fishing and tourism development projects which can make youths self-sufficient instead of being dependent on government funds.
MR. NAKIN said that because of the economic downturn in the country he would like to make small contributions to all sectors of the community instead of making one big contribution to ONLY one sector.
The member made these comments when contributing FIFTY THOUSAND KINA towards Team Bougainville currently participating in the PNG Games in Kimbe.

Ends

19:52

Manus Island: Police enter decommissioned Australian refugee detention camp "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Papua New Guinea police have moved in on the shuttered Australian-run Manus detention camp in an attempt to force hundreds of asylum seekers occupying it to leave. The camp long symbolized Canberras strict asylum laws.

Authorities in Papua New Guinea are removing more than 300 asylum seekers from a squalid immigration camp on Manus island to another location

Australia has paid PNG and the nearby island of Nauru to hold refugees as part of its controversial immigration policy

Rights groups and the UN have warned of violence and a humanitarian crisis

Asylum seekers have refused to leave for three weeks

Papua New Guinea authorities moved to empty a decommissioned Australian-run immigration detention center, drawing criticism from rights groups and the UN over hardhanded tactics and a potential humanitarian crisis.

Police Chief Superintendent Dominic Kakas said 50 police and immigration officials entered the camp on Thursday morning and persuaded 35 of the 378 men there to go to alterative accommodation in the nearby town of Lorengau.

But asylum seekers reported police were using force to remove them from the Manus island camp, where authorities...

18:14

Winning Silverbacks rugby sevens team to promote ACT NOW! campaigns Act Now! blogs

The Silverbacks rugby sevens team has been presented with training tops and t-shirts bearing the ACT NOW! name and logo in recognition of their successful run through several Port Moresby tournaments.

The team will be wearing the tops at training and in their pre-game warm ups to promote ACT NOW! and it campaigns to the rugby crazy community in the Nations capital.

The team were presented with their new clothing by Campaign Coordinator Eddie Tanago and Administration Manger, Gary Iga at training last Friday.

17:41

Protesting Asylum Seekers Ordered Out of Manus Island Camp by PNG Police "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Police enter the Manus Island detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, November 23, 2017. AAP/via Reuters

Police enter the Manus Island detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, November 23, 2017. AAP/via Reuters

Sydney: Papua New Guinea (PNG) police sealed off an officially shuttered Australian-run detention camp on Thursday and ordered asylum seekers occupying it to leave as they confiscated food and water the men had stockpiled, asylum seekers told Reuters.

About 380 asylum seekers have shut themselves inside the Manus Island Centre for more than three weeks, defying attempts by Australia and PNG to close it in a standoff the United Nations described as a looming humanitarian crisis.

They destroyed our food and damaged our accommodation too, they destroyed our water tank, one asylum-seeker said in a mobile telephone message from the camp.

Many of the men climbed onto rooftops and hid in toilets, he said. Three other asylum seekers gave similar accounts of the police action.

A video shot by Sudanese refugee Abdul Aziz and posted o...

16:21

RISE eX-detainees condemn todays brutal attack on refugees and the forcible removal of refugees on Manus by Australian lead and funded authorities : 23/11/2017 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Today refugee detainees on Manus informed us that they have been attacked by the Australian lead and funded authorities on Manus. According to the reports, this operation is a joint effort by the AFP and the PNG authorities. Refugees on Manus have been protesting the forcible removal to another refugee camp and have instead been pleading to end over 4 years of human rights violations against them by closing the camps all together and ending unjust mandatory detention of refugees. Over the last 23 days the Australian government has ceased all food supplies, power and medical services which has put an already vulnerable community at an even further risk of harm.

Today, Australian led authorities entered the Manus torture camp and destroyed the belongings of all held there and began removing refugees forcibly one by one. Additionally the police have arrested refugees so far including Kurdish journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani. Refugees are under attack; distressed and bashed while being forcibly removed. This Manus systemic designed torture operation MUST end and refugees who are held hostage on the island MUST be evacuated immediately and given permanent protection in Australia and, if they choose, New Zealand.

We eX-detainees condemn this this type of terrorist and illicit activity led by the Australian government. We also condemn all those who look to labour and Liberal MPs for instruction as opposed to taking direction from those with lived experience such as eX-detainees.

eX-detainee and founder of RISE Ramesh Fernandez said Manus is a designed operation, similar to operations carried out in Christmas Island and Cocas Island as well as in many other detention centres in mainland Australia. The Australian immigration officials are well recognised thugs who continue to function without any accountability in detention centres. Dont be surprised because this has been going on for nearly 30 years now

Furthermore, we eX-detainees believe that people should stop repeating slogans such as not in my name. These people have elected the politicians that support this torture of our communities and it is time to recognise the influence their vote has.

eX-detainees at RISE are calling for national and international wide action against the Australian Government for its inhumane treatment of refugees on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

While you take action on this urgent matter, get involved in eX-detainees #SanctionAustralia. RISE eX-detainees call for immediate pressure to be placed on Australia from major international human rights bodies in the way of sanctions that address their deliberate and inhumane mandatory detention policy and refugee boat push back policies. Specifically, Australia should be excluded from participation in all internati...

15:46

PNG Police arrest award winning journalist @BehrouzBoochani as #Manus brutality breaks #auspol: @Jansant reports "GroovUs Feed Anews"

PNG police have arrested award winning journalist and Manus detainee, @BehrouzBoochani. Behrouzs last tweet before being arrested: Peter Dutton stop propaganda against https://t.co/blgYw5Elt7 created this situation and you are responsible. You are lying to people that you built new accommodation. Those places are real prison, stop using ppl for your political benefits. Behrouz Boochani (@BehrouzBoochani) November 23, 2017 During the arrest fellow detainee, Abdul Aziz Adam (@Aziz58825713) tweeted: They are looking for me and Behrouz they found him but they are not going to find me. These are police are taking Behrouz. pic.twitter.com/G01bA46ETC Abdul Aziz Adam (@Aziz58825713) November 23, 2017 Journalists union, Media Enterainment Arts Alliance said in a []

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14:43

Angore Shut Down, Expat Worker Held Hostage Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Post Courier | November 21, 2017

Angore has been shut down for an indefinite period since last week and an expatriate worker was also held hostage as an expression of their frustration for their nonpayment of funds.

Hides Gas Development Company chairman Tuguyawini Libe Parindali yesterday (Nov 20) confirmed this with the Post-Courier.

Mr Parindali said the landowners are frustrated because government has failed miserably to honor its commitments as result as threatened to shut down operations at the Hides Conditioning Plant.

The government now needs to fast track its clan vetting process and release the K6.7 million owed to the landowners in infrastructure and the K35 million promised money for the Investment Development Grants.

Businesses and individuals are now facing a serious security issue and we need governments intervention.

We will not touch the developer, they have our undivided support. All we want is for the Gov...

10:32

Australians of the year call for Prime Minister to allow access to Manus Island and more Zedlines "GroovUs Feed Aradio"

12 former Australians of the year have penned an open letter to the Prime Minister pleading him to allow medical professionals access to asylum seekers inside a recently closed detention centre in Manus Island. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons/DIAC images

Mental health professional Patrick McGorry said in the coming days, it is inevitable that people will become sick and even die through the lack of basic sanitation, food, water and medical care.

 

There's a great concern about the safety of these men from both a medical and a psychiatric point of view however, so far access has not been granted.

 

Labor Government pledges an additional $1.7 Million to expand the Indigenous Health Initiative, Deadly Choices.

 

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10:26

Commodity Boards warned PNG Daily News

 

23rd November 2017.

Commodity Boards in PNG have been warned to perform or else will not receive funding from 2019 onward.

 

Planning and Monitoring Minister, Richard Maru, issued the warning on Wednesday during the inaugural National Agriculture Summit.

 

Maru said he wanted to see a high performance culture as well as good governance practise instilled in all commodity boards.

 

He said millions of kina had been squandered by some commodity boards despite continuous government funding over the years.

 

Minister Maru said under his watch, any commodity board that does not perform well and is not accountable for the funds it uses will not receive any further funding after 2018.

 

We must overhaul the boards. And we will only support that boards that perform deliver value, have a good corporate governance structure, and can show us the funds are managed well.

 

Only performers will continue to receive government funding.

 

If we are funding you and your industry is declining in output and production we have a problem. We should get that resource from you and give it to another sector thats performing, said Maru.

-Author: Cedric Patjole

-Via Loop PNG.-


Filed under: Agriculture, Awareness, Development, Economy, Finance,...

10:06

Mixed bag for PNG in new risk report Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

We are always hearing about where is the best place for foreigners to invest [i.e. extract profits] but what about looking at the equation from the perspective of people in the target countries? Who are the best and the worst investors based on their track records?

Probably mining companies, logging companies, and oil palm companies are among the worst investors and the ones PNG should avoid?

Time for the World Bank / ADB / Australian Aid to fund something that would really be useful!

A COMPREHENSIVE study has just been completed about where in the world you would find the best and the worst jurisdictions in which to invest your hard-earned cash.

PNG Industry News | 22 November 2017 

Published by PNGIndustryNews.net sister publication, the Mining Journal World Risk Report (featuring MineHutte ratings) is a comprehensive piece of work which gives a...

09:32

ONeill flags new initiatives to promote agriculture in Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea Today

Prime Minister Peter ONeill and his Agriculture Minister, Benny Allen, have promised to boost access to credit for agricultural projects, develop import substitution and strengthen agricultural institutions. They were addressing the countrys inaugural National Agriculture Summit in Port Moresby this week.

The PNG economy has been through boom and bust cycles over the years, largely because the successive governments have depended on one sector of the economy, the resources sector, Prime Minister Peter ONeill told the conference.
When the commodity prices for copper, oil, gold and gas go down, our economy takes a huge dive.
For example, about 10 years ago, we used to earn K2 billion in oil and gas taxes. Last year, we would have been lucky if we got K200 million. No country can afford that kind of decline and that it is why it is crucial that we continue to build the potential we have in other sectors of the economy, building the base of our economy so it can sustain such shocks.

Import replacement

Agriculture is PNGs biggest employer.
ONeill noted that the agriculture sector is the biggest employer of Papua New Guineans. It is also the second biggest foreign exchange earner yet we have not been giving it the attention it deserves.
I cannot only blame past governments. I am equally responsible. But we have to learn from the mistakes we have made.
The country was overly dependent on imports, ONeill added.
We need to have import replacement programs and that is why I am encouraged by the private sector partners who are here today starting to invest in our agricultural sectors different crops.
What investors need from us, landowners, is security of their investment. Agriculture is not simply an industry.
It takes years for crops to grow and for the return on investment to be received by the investors. So we need to provide that security.
If you were in Japan, Germany or the US and you go to a bank to do agriculture projects, most banks estimate it will be over 30 years before you can repay that loan. In PNG, youll be lucky if you can get seven years. That policy must change.
ONeill said landowners need to be partners, so that they take ownership of the projects on their land.

Long-term credit

He said before the forthcoming National Budget announcement, he would announce measures to strengthen the agriculture and SME sectors by increasing access to long-term credit.
If you were in Japan, Germany or the US an...

09:31

Mining Minister Tuke meets Einsteins definition of insanity Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Panguna, Porgera, Ok Tedi, Tolukuma all tell the same story large-scale mining is a disaster for local communities and the environment.

And neither Frieda or Wafi-Golpu have yet come up with a credible plan for managing their toxic tailings but heck, lets go ahead anyway 

Govt adamant to get two new mines operating: Tuke

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 22, 2017

THE Government is adamant to get two new mines operating in this term of Parliament, Mining Minister Johnson Tuke, pictured, says.
Tuke, who is also the Kainantu MP said in Lae after returning from a familiarisation visit to the Hidden Valley mine and Wafi-Golpu exploration site in Bulolo, Morobe.
Tuke earlier visited the Porgera gold mine, K92 mine, Frieda River exploration site and the Ramu nickel mine....

09:03

Exxon moves non-essential workers away from PNGs Hela "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Armed clansmen in the town of Komo in Papua New Guineas Hela Province. Photo courtesy of Michael Main

Radio New Zealand | 23 November 2017

The oil and gas multi-national ExxonMobil says it has moved non-essential staff away from its LNG project operations in Papua New Guineas Hela province.

This comes amid a surge in unrest and tribal fighting in the remote Highlands region where the gas fields for Exxons LNG project are located.

Three days ago an expatriate worker with the project was kidnapped and held hostage by landowners who are reportedly frustrated with the government over non-payment of project commitments.

Police said the hostage was released without harm two days ago.

A spokesperson for ExxonMobil PNG said that due to recent community tension in Hela areas Hides, Angore and Komo, the company has suspended non-essential work.

She said non-essential personnel were being re-deployed to other areas.

Acco...

08:30

Australians of the year plea for Manus "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former Australians of the year have penned an open letter to Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten urging them to address the human disaster unfolding on Manus Islands decommissioned detention centre.

The letters signatories include Australians of the Year Rosie Batty, Ita Buttrose, Simone McKeon, Patrick McGorry, Mick Dodson, Tim Flannery, Fiona Wood, Fiona Stanley, Gustav Nossal, Peter Doherty, John Yu and Robert de Castella.

In the letter, the celebrated group calls for the government to send aid to the detention centre which has been without running water and electricity for more than a week.

Hundreds of asylum seekers, detained on their way to Australia, remain inside citing concerns for their safety outside the camp.

In the coming days, it is inevitable that people will become sick and even die through the lack of basic sanitation, food, water and medical care, the letter says.

Please allow the Australian Medical Association to provide medical and preventive care, as they have recently offered, as soon as possible. At the same time please find safe haven for the acknowledged genuine refugees without any further delay.

The letter warns Australias reputation on human rights is deteriorating under the failure of both Malcolm Turnbulls government and Bill Shortens opposition to meet the obligations of the UN Refugee Convention.

We believe it is time to stop the unacceptable and internationally criticised treatment of the refugees on Manus Island, who, though innocent of any crime, have been incarcerated and now abandoned there, the letter says.

The post Australians of the year plea for Manus appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:13

Streets workers win battle to protect jobs and wages "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

The battle against the attempt by ice cream maker Streets to slash wages is over.

Facing ongoing resistance among its workforce and a boycott of the companys products that was starting to bite as Australia enters the peak season, has forced significant compromises from the major multinational owned (Unilever) ice cream maker.

Iconic streets brands include Golden Gaytime, Paddle Pop and Magnum.

At the companys Minto plant in Sydney yesterday, management agreed to withdraw its application to terminate jobs, provide a wage rise of 5 percent now, a further rise of 1.5 percent in a years time and 2.5 percent the year after that, instead of cutting wages; retain existing redundancy provisions; and keep the 12 hour shift structure.

A further concession will see the introduction of 39 permanent part time positions, as an alternative to a casual workforce.

In return, the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union will stop any action, including the Streets Free Summer boycott and withdraw a video from social media.

Workers have endorsed productivity concessions, involving the acceptance of a new seasonal 44 hour a week roster and some workplace flexibility, involving shorter breaks and acceptance of a limited number of voluntary redundancies. Management will have more scope to move workers between machines. There will no longer be a Sunday roster.

ACTU secretary Sally McManus hailed the agreement, as a huge win for the workers at Streets.

Like Carlton and United Breweries in the dispute it faced last year, streets faced the prospect of a heavy impact on sales as the weather warms up.

AMWU New South Wales secretary Steve Murphy said workers had been staggered by the huge support received from the public.

This campaign, driven by the stories of ordinary workers and their families, became the touchstone for a broader campaign to fix broken workplace laws, he said.

Although concessions were made on both sides, the key issues of  a large scale wage cut and the casualisation of the workforce through a labour hire company were prevented, meaning that from the workers point of view, this has been an important win.

The broader impact is that, as was the case at Carlton and United Breweries, enlisting the support of the wider community has been shown to be an effective means to maintain workplace standards, at a time when major employers are more willing than before, to try and enforce draconian changes.

Maintaining the line against the denigration of working conditions is important because of the direct social impact on those who are affected.

Just as imp...

08:08

O'NEIL AVOIDS QUESTION ON EVIDENCE OF FRAUD PNGBLOGS

by BRYAN KRAMER MP

This morning I put the question to Prime Minister Peter O'Neill who I should submit evidence to establish he had misused public funds.

On account I had material evidence supporting the view he was guilty of conspiring with the former Member of Madang and a key member in his party to commit bribery and undue influence during 2012 General Elections.

My question was in response to O'Neill's statement the day before in Parliament when responding to Member of North West Sir Mekere Moratua. O'Neill announced to Parliament that he would resign should the opposition produce a single shred of evidence that he has misused or benefited from a single toea of public funds.

In March 2012 Peter O'Neill signed a letter in his capacity as Prime Minister to the then Chairman of Gaming Board instructing that the Board consider funding Yagaum Rural Hospital's project submission.

Gaming Board issued a K300,000 cheque payable to Yagaum Rural Hospital. The former Member Madang Open Nixon Duban who was then General Secretary of Prime Ministers People's National Congress Party and staff member of Prime Minister used the cheque to bribe and unduely influence voters during the 2012 General Elections for Madang Open Seat.

Duban was declared the winner of the election. I filed an election petition challenging the result.

On 3 June 2013 the National Court found Duban guilty of bribery and undue influence. The Court made the following findings

para 108 "A relevant matter to note is that the funds were secured personally by Prime Minister from the Gaming Board" The special relationship between the Prime Minister and the first respondent (Duban) lends supports to the view that presentation of the cheque to Yagaum Hospital on the eve of the general election was politically motivated."

para 109 "Further, the cheque was secured personally by Prime Minister under whose party the first respondent (Duban) stood for the 2012 general elections. All these factors point to one conclusion, viz the presentation of the K300,000 cheque to Yagaum Hospital on 11 June 2012 was to induce voters"

para 116 This in my opinion, was a act of Fraud by the First Respondent (Duban) in that he deliberately and dishonestly did not disclose the source of K300,000 cheque. This inference is supported by the...

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BREAKING: Let doctors treat the sick on Manus Island, say Australians of the Year "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

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The embracing work of the churches in PNG society Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE

Tom Ellis Bishop George Bernarding Fr Arnold Steffen
Kiap Tom Ellis with Bishop George Bernarding and Fr Arnold Steffen

GARRY ROCHE

DUBLIN Contributor Ross Howard, writing recently in PNG Attitude, has eloquently provided us with an historical background to the debate about science and the church.

Perhaps its worthwhile, in commenting on the role of the churches in the development of Papua New Guinea, to look very briefly at the contribution of the churches in the fields of education and health.

Bishop George Bernarding, former Bishop of Mt Hagen, once told me that in the period after World War II the Catholic mission wanted to start an English-speaking school at Kondiu in Simbu but the Australian administration was not in favour saying Pidgin schools would be quite adequate.

The Diocese of Mt Hagen eventually established two high schools, Fatima and Notre Dame, and numerous community schools in what was then Western Highlands District. To the best of my knowledge the District Commissioner, Tom Ellis, was most supportive.

Back in 1963 the Catholic Church had already established Holy Spirit Seminary as a tertiary education institute.

Initially developed in the Madang area, it later moved to Bomana and is now known as the Catholic Theological Institute.

At that time Archbishop Noser in Madang also wanted to establish a university. The then Australian administration did not support his efforts but pressure from several sources forced the Australian authorities to establish the University of PNG in 1965.

Graduates from Holy Spirit Seminary in those early years, people like Ignatius Kilage, John Momis, Peter Kurungko, Leo Hannet, Francis Misso and Fred Reiher, all played important roles in the development of the country. Momis in particular was very much involved in the development of the PNG constitution and is now, of course, president of Bougainville.

In the health sector, I think of the great work of the Nazarene mission through the excellent hospital at Kudjip in Jiwaka, the Seventh Day dvetist work with le...

Wednesday, 22 November

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221117OFFICIAL HANDOVER TOMORROW
By Aloysius Laukai

The ABG will officially present Mining Exploration Licences to two Landowner companies tomorrow in Tinputz.
The ceremony will be witnessed by all members of the ABG including media and the people of Tinputz.
The two companies are KALIA INVESTMENT LIMITED and TOREMANA RESOURCES LIMITED.
The ABG President CHIEF DR.JOHN MOMIS will officially handover the Exploration licenses to the two companies.
The ceremony will also include activities by landowners from the project sites.

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221117 Terms and conditions
By Theresa Baranangko
Domestic Violence has become an offence since the passing of the Bill in 2013 by the National Parliament.
Buka Police Station Senior Constable, Ms Joyce Tseraha says that since the legalization of the Act, anyone caught breaching the law will pay the possible consequences thereof.
She says anyone caught in the act is guilty of breaking the law and will be responsible to pay a court fine of K5000 or two (2) years imprisonment.
According to the Act, victims of Domestic Violence are given the measures to weigh the law breakers. According to Ms. Tsereha, Family Protection order is made available for any members of the family to apply against any accused member.
A family member includes a spouse of a person, the child or a step child of person, in-law, grandparents or any other person that is treated by the spouse as a family member.
She says application for the protection can be made by the complainant or he or she can use another person to apply on his or her behalf. Protection order can be issued by both the village court and District court.

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221117 Family protections Act,
By Theresa Baranangko
Domestic violence has become an offence within families within Papua New Guinea after the National Parliament passed the Family protection Act in 2013. This was according to the Buka Police Station Senior Constable, Ms. Joyce Tseraha.
She says the Family Protection Act calls for the right to issue family protection order for men, women and children who mainly suffers from abuse.
She says the Act is purposely framed to promote safe and strong family and to prevent domestic violence and also ensure if there is effective legal protection for victims of domestic violence.
The main principal of the Act is for everyone to be free from domestic violence, make domestic violence a public affair and not private matter and be responsible to fight against domestic violence for the benefit of our communities.
She says to achieve the objective of this Act in our communities; everyone must exercise the functions and duties of the Act and take into account the principals of the Act.
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221117 ABG MEMBERS DAY
By Aloysius Laukai

The members of the ABG today spent whole day listening to presentations by UN, DFAT and Ombudsman Commission officers before sitting for their special Parliament session to gauge the views of all members on presentations that will be made on behalf of the ABG and the people of Bougainville at the December Joint Supervisory Body meeting between the ABG leaders and the National Government leaders including their technical teams.

The day started at the ABG Parliament in the morning with the ABG House convening the meeting and then adjourned to get presentations.
The first Presentation was made by UN representative LUCA who talked on the South Sudan Referendum experience, then the hot one was the presentation by the Ombudsman Commission on the roles and responsibilities on the ABG members.
The Ombudsman Commission had earlier stopped the transaction by ABG members using the Constituency grants deposited into their personal accounts.
The members were told that similar to the National Governments DSIP and PSIP funding, all monies must go into Constituency accounts that must be opened and Committees must be set up to manage these accounts with two or more signatories including the members.
The members were told that what they were doing was wrong and they could be referred to the public prosecutor for prosecution.
They told them that this was an act of misconduct in office.
After the presentations members were able to make comments on these presentations.
New Dawn FM understands that this will be the first time for the ABG members to set up constituency accounts since the Constituency Development Grants were introduced by the first ABG house.
Meanwhile the Chief Secretary, JOSEPH NOBETAU said that he was happy that the members will now comply with the Public Finance Management laws and this is part of the governments Good Governance program.
He said that the Ombudsman Commission was just performing its duties and making it clear to the members. Leaders and Senior Public Servants are guided by financial laws that guide them in carrying out their roles and responsibilities.

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