Judiciary: PNG’s last defense against executive carnage, and a legislature on her knees.

There is so much conversation on Facebook on the decision of Deputy Chief Justice Kandakasi to summon Governor Alan Bird to appear before the court and show reason why he should not be held accountable for contempt of court. The governor is said to have expressed dissatisfaction on certain matter/matters before the courts. Justice KandakasiContinue reading “Judiciary: PNG’s last defense against executive carnage, and a legislature on her knees.”

The Tale of 16 Brothers: RH Logging Subsidiaries in PNG

With the PNG Forestry Association saying PNG will loose K1 billion in revenues with increased taxes, I decided to re-read a report published by the Oakland Institute, a California-based policy think tank that conducted detailed report on PNG logging companies in 2016, and 2018. This two reports show that logging companies in PNG engage inContinue reading “The Tale of 16 Brothers: RH Logging Subsidiaries in PNG”

Student Loans, Chained Careers : The Other Perspective

Imagine this: You’re a UPNG student accessing PNG-HELP FUND (aka student loan). To reside at UPNG’s Games Village (e.g) each student is required to pay approximately K12, 000 per year, unless you are on HECAS or AES, in which case you pay about half. Assuming they all graduate after four years, each student owes theContinue reading “Student Loans, Chained Careers : The Other Perspective”

Slashing DSIP/PSIPs to NO Reserve Seats – Why is James Marape so bold?

The Prime Minister James Marape boldly declared that there will be NO reserve seats for women under his watch, which means there will be no reserve seats come 2022. This follows slashing the DSIP/PSIP funds. He is not afraid of firing PNC MPs from his government, who were his colleagues, for 10 years or more.Continue reading “Slashing DSIP/PSIPs to NO Reserve Seats – Why is James Marape so bold?”

Sam Basil the Political Entrepreneur: Four party leadership, six party memberships, two new parties

Sam Basil is officially the first MP to assume leadership of three political parties with no parliamentary leadership, and at least one new party. Furthermore, since entering politics, Basil has associated himself as a member of at six political parties, initiated two new political parties, moved from government to opposition after failing to changing theContinue reading “Sam Basil the Political Entrepreneur: Four party leadership, six party memberships, two new parties”

Conversation with Founding Fathers: Part One

Yesterday (01/11/2019) I had over 3 hours long conversation with the one of the advisors of the Constitutional Planning Committee who were the architects behind the Constitution of PNG. It was for a book I am working on, exploring the reasons behind the resilience of PNG democracy. To be clear, this guy, Ted (Edward) WolfersContinue reading “Conversation with Founding Fathers: Part One”

Bougainville Referendum: What About Financial Independence?

Bougainville Referendum: What About Financial Independence? Earlier this month (October 8), the Lowly Institute published an article titled “Bougainville Referendum and Beyond” where it states that majority (3/4) of the 300, 000 people prefer independence, come 23 November 2019 (Bohabe, 2019) – see link to the article below. The Prime Minister’s James Marape prefers BougainvilleContinue reading “Bougainville Referendum: What About Financial Independence?”

Salasia Camp: Australia’s 50 Year Old Refugee Processing Centre in Manus

A less common known fact is that the Lombrum detention center built in 2015 is not the first Australian refugee-processing center; the first one was built 50 years ago!  “Australia’s first refugee camp on Manu still stands, forgotten in time…. A handful of rusty, corrugated iron houses on bare concrete slab…” writes Stephen Armbruster ofContinue reading “Salasia Camp: Australia’s 50 Year Old Refugee Processing Centre in Manus”

Pruaitch vs Marape: And Many More Unanswered Questions…

Pruaitch has been criticized on social media for seeking Supreme Court interpretation of the legality of O’Neil’s withdrawal as nominee for the PM post after it was closed on the 30th of May, subsequently led to the election of James Marape as the Prime Minister. As this matter is before the court, we cannot sayContinue reading “Pruaitch vs Marape: And Many More Unanswered Questions…”

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