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”
Category Archives: PNG Politics
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…”
PNG’s fluid politics: Winners & Losers from O’Neil to Marape
What determines ministerial portfolio allocations in PNG? Do MP numbers per region matter? Why do parties with big numbers allocated few portfolios or no portfolios? Winners and losers in from O’Neil to Marape. Click the link below to read.
How Great Was The Fall! Part Two
Politicising the Public Service, Non-payment of LNG shares, & High-profile Corruption This is a continuation of the series “How Great Was the Fall! The Rise & Fall of Peter O’Neil.” To read Part One, click on this link: https://academicnomad.home.blog/2019/06/12/how-great-was-the-fall-the-rise-and-fall-of-peter-oneil/?fbclid=IwAR25iydn-iq5lVQBajmRwHgb8C_62mo_l6dw5sdaXQCGZl23dAhjyDs9c0c When Part One was published, there were comments suggesting that this posts make Peter O’Neil lookContinue reading “How Great Was The Fall! Part Two”
How Great Was The Fall! – The Part One.
Part One: Constitutional Amendments & Discretionary Funds While many people are happy to see O’Neil go, it is important to assess how this one man became almost invincible. Many seem to forget that he is only the second PM to ever complete a full 5 year term in parliament, and successfully defeat a vote ofContinue reading “How Great Was The Fall! – The Part One.”
PNG Tuna Revenues: Lost Opportunities, Lost Revenues
Was there substance on Gary Juffa’s claim on tax exemptions and holidays? Read Part One here, focus on RD Cannery: https://academicnomad.home.blog/2019/06/03/was-there-substance-in-gary-juffas-claim-in-parliament-on-tax-exemptions-and-holidays/?fbclid=IwAR0NefTpu5nXyhnA6Im2lL0fVjnSkLF19L_AhPd7abZ_mui-7oNlCXggUHA Post Two: Tuna Revenues – Lost Opportunity, Lost Revenue “[extract if GJ’s speech]…Meanwhile we have given too much tax exemptions and tax holidays to all types of criminal pirates and cartels that have comeContinue reading “PNG Tuna Revenues: Lost Opportunities, Lost Revenues”
Was there substance in Gary Juffa’s claim in Parliament on tax exemptions and holidays? Part One: RD Tuna
Part One: RD Tuna Cannery Exact quotes, televised by EMTV yesterday evening (02/05/19) are as follows: “[on resources] …we must own tuna canneries….. [on taxes]…Meanwhile we have given too much tax exemptions and tax holidays to all types of criminal pirates and cartels that have come here to enrich themselves at our cost.” Gary Juffa.Continue reading “Was there substance in Gary Juffa’s claim in Parliament on tax exemptions and holidays? Part One: RD Tuna”