Peter O’Neill

PM cautions ‘ringleaders’ of Manus demonstration

“The Manus Centre was established for the sole reason of processing asylum claims, now all claims have been processed and the centre has closed,” PM O’Neill said.

“The centre will not be reopened and it will be returned to its former function as a Defence Force facility.

“Given the Supreme Court’s decision, the Government has no choice but to intervene for the wellbeing of both the refugees and non-refugees.

O’Neill: APEC policy agenda to boost growth in key sectors

On his arrival, O'Neill highlighted the importance of the APEC policy agenda that will help boost growth in key sectors of the Papua New Guinea economy.

“APEC is an important forum for growth and development in our region, and in the coming year will be even more important for Papua New Guinea when we host Leaders from around the region.

“The whole focus of the APEC Leaders' Week is to strengthen our capacity to trade and to grow our economies.

“Through APEC we have the opportunity to generate more business, and that in turn creates more jobs.

2018 budget to focus on economic goals

“The budget will be framed to spare goals in the economy and it will not be overly dependent on the resource sector but more focused on agriculture and other sectors,” said Prime Minister O’Neill.

He added a tough stance will be taken on some industries, like forestry and fisheries, to address some of the misuse and abuses that have been going on.

“That is a lot of work that is being done and going before cabinet to try and protect our interest, our people’s interest in these sectors.”

He said they are trying to correct past abuses.

Eluh appointed SHP acting administrator

In making the announcement, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said strong and capable leadership is required to overcome a number of challenges that have emerged in the region.

A distinguished officer of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, Eluh has been tasked to engage with community leaders to restructure the public service system and restore public confidence in provincial administration.

“As an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Eluh has demonstrated sound judgement and effective leadership,” the Prime Minister said.

Govt creating ‘more business-friendly environment’

This was the assurance provided by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill when addressing the Australia - Papua New Guinea Business Council in Sydney on Thursday (Oct 26).

"Australia is our largest investment partner, and we want to increase business opportunities,” the Prime Minister said to the packed forum.

"We want Australian business to expand investment into Papua New Guinea, particularly into non-traditional areas that are outside the resources sector.

"There are great opportunities in tourism, agriculture and the small to medium manufacturing sector.

PM seeks joinder in OC reference

This special reference first went before court on July 28, where the Ombudsman Commission obtained an extension on the return of writs to ensure the remaining electorates’ writs can be returned, and elected MPs can have a say in the election of the Speaker of Parliament and Prime Minister.

PM’s lawyer Desmond Kipa, of Twivey Lawyers, told the Supreme Court that application to intervene was filed on September 14.

Tkatchenko appointed minister responsible for APEC

PM O’Neill said with less than two months remaining before the start of APEC 2018, it is timely for the Minister to resume the portfolio he held before the National Elections.

Responsibility for APEC will be added to the Minister’s current portfolio of Lands and Physical Planning.

"Minister Tkatchenko has substantial experience in the co-ordination of major events at the ministerial level,” the Prime Minister said.

"As minister he oversaw the successful delivery of the Pacific Games and the Pacific Islands Forum.

PM welcomes Basil as state minister

Speaking at Government House on Friday, the Prime Minister said the Leader of Pangu Pati brings a wealth of experience to Cabinet.

“I welcome Minister Basil to Cabinet, and the appointment of two new Vice Ministers, who I know will all make a valuable contribution to the development and implementation of Government policy,” the Prime Minister said.

“Pangu has joined to participate in the management of the affairs of the country and will serve our nation with diligence.”

PM’s ‘dramatic change of mind’ worrying: TIPNG

TIPNG says PM Peter O’Neill effectively acted against his own earlier decision, which in accordance with principles of good governance, was to protect the investigation into the K46m Manumanu land deal by sidelining William Duma and Dr. Fabian Pok until such time as it had been completed.

O’Neill: PNG is ready for the NRL

Following the success of the PNG Hunters on and off the field, PM O’Neill said the case has been strengthen for a Papua New Guinea team to enter the National Rugby League competition.

“On behalf of our nation I again congratulate the PNG Hunters on their historic achievement in Brisbane,” the Prime Minister said.

“The Hunters are truly the pride of our nation.”

The Prime Minister said rugby league is the national sport of Papua New Guinea, and the Hunters win builds the case for a PNG team to be included in the NRL.