Peter O’Neill

PNG not facing cash flow problem, says O’Neill

He told the media this week that the National Government is funding its key sector policies of education, health and infrastructure despite the drop in income revenue from its exports.     

O’Neill said the country must live within its means, which resulted in a slight decrease in this year’s budget.

The Prime Minister said all public servants are getting paid on time, including politicians, because the country does not have a cash flow problem.

Govt will foster equality in departments

In his International Women’s Day speech on Wednesday, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said: “We can be proud that today we have more women in senior roles than at any other time in our history.

“These are women as departmental heads and through staffing ranks, and in our judiciary.

“But this is not enough and continuous action speaks louder than words.”

The PM says we are seeing positive change in our schools, with the number of girls receiving an education continuing to grow.

Guns law to be tightened: O’Neill

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said, his government is committed to ridding unlicensed and illegal firearms in PNG, and the Hela Operation is a starting point.

“After 28 March, we will introduce legislations on summary offences – if you are caught in the possession of an illegal firearm the recommendation to the law is that you get 10 years imprisonment with hard labour, and fined K10,000 as well,” O’Neill said.

The Prime Minister also commended the people of Hela for taking on-board the initiative in the amnesty period to surrender illegal firearms.

PM says there will be an Administrative investigation into Manumanu land deal

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in a media conference announced that NEC today agreed to an Administrative Inquiry which will start tomorrow (Wednesday).     

O’Neill said the decision for the change was because of a court proceeding testing the legality and payments of past COI.

“Today NEC have decided that we will have an Inquiry that is Administrative in nature, but the principles of accountability and transparency and all the other investigative requirements will still be conducted by a leading legal professionals,” Prime Minister O’Neill said this afternoon.   

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Family mourns death of radio legend Roger Hau'ofa

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The family of radio legend the late Roger Hau'ofa is saddened and in mourning following his death on Saturday, March 4.

PM welcomes court decision on nomination fees

PM welcomes court decision on nomination fees

The Supreme Court has refused the application by the Ombudsman Commission for an injunction that would have prevented Parliament from debating, deliberating and voting on National Election Nomination Fees and Petition Filing Fees.

O’Neill said the proposed amendments will strengthen democratic process to enable true contenders to stand for elections, and will help prevent the malicious use of the court system after elections.

PM welcomes international surfers to PNG

PM Peter O’Neill made the comments as competitors from around the world prepare to travel to  Papua New Guinea for the Kumul PNG World Longboard Championships at Tupira on 18 to 25 March this year.

“Papua New Guinea is looking forward to hosting the World Surf League Longboard Championship in Tupira near Madang,” the Prime Minister said.

“I am glad that people around the world are discovering that Papua New Guinea is a great surfing destination, with challenging waves in pristine waters on beautiful beaches.

Leaders’ Summit set for March 27

 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill confirmed the new dates with Loop PNG this afternoon.

The summit will coincide with the last sitting of the 9th Parliament on March 28.

It was first cancelled on Feb 8 to Feb 27 -28, but did not eventuate on the deferred date.

Chief Secretary to Government, Isaac Lupari, in an earlier statement said, the two day programme will highlight the outcome of the O'Neill-Dion Government

Lupari said the meeting was pushed back after a number of provincial delegations experienced travel delays.

 

PM O’Neill express sadness at passing of GG Sir Michael Ogio

"It is with great sadness that I have been informed of the passing of the Governor-General of Papua New Guinea, the Late Sir Michael Ogio.”

 "As a nation and as a Government, we have prayed for His Excellency to return to good health, but this was not to be.’

"We now pray for the family of the late Sir Michael Ogio, and thank them for the commitment that Sir Michael gave to our country.”

O’Neill congratulates new Governor-General

“The National Parliament has voted to nominate Bob Dadae as the tenth Governor-General of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea,” the Prime Minister said.

“I congratulate Mr. Dadae on his nomination, and for the confidence that Members of the National Parliament have vested in him.

“Bob Dadae has provided honourable service to our nation as a Member of Parliament and through his work in the community.”

O’Neill said as the Vice-regal representative of Her Majesty the Queen, the Nation’s Governor-General is a person of inspiration for our people.