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Wartoto visa decision leaves too many qiestions


WE cannot say, with any sigh of relief, “at long last” because the invoking of 457 by Minister Carr to render Wartoto a fugitive playing hide and seek between Australia and PNG doesn’t at all mean there aren’t other similar scoundrels enjoying the fruits of their corrupt lifestyle still in Australia; or that others will not emerge and hide under the cover of 457 in the future.

WE cannot also say, with any sense of satisfaction, “it’s about time” because Wartoto and his associates had the luxury of time to further their interests afield such as in the Asian and Pacific countries mentioned.

Crime boss?? Is this reference about how he must have followers and associates in a crime syndicate of which he is the nominal or real main man? Or is it a reference to how much he has obtained and amassed from the national coffers and how he has evaded and fooled authorities with his errands between PNG and Australia. Wartoto must have associates and we have read in the past that the Member for Pomio as Minister for National Planning was a close and beneficial associate from projects for which tenders were corruptly awarded or approved. Kerevat National High School comes to mind. And the advance of some K30 million (?) to start up the Wartoto airline (Mangki Ples???) is another in which Member for Pomio had both his hands in.

Now, in more recent times, the present Minister for Foreign Affair’s has been mentioned in the print media, by name. Why should, or how would, any decision on Wartoto’s 457 status be linked to the Manus detention centre? Many PNGn’s cannot buy the argument that the inevitable was delayed “because of the Gillard government’s desire not to upset PNG government members who support the Manus Island asylum seeker detention centre.” The fact is Wartoto is not from Manus and does not own any of the land where the detention centre is on Manus. THE only reason for the delay or reprieve for Wartoto by Australia may be because of his links to and with Minister Pato. Wartoto was thrown in as a red herring by linking him to the negotiations on the Manus site.

It’d be interesting to find out if during his business adventure to fill the yawning gap in Australia for corporate managers whether Mr Wartoto has not short-changed customers/clients or left bad debts with other businesses in Cairns.

If Mr Wartoto is or was ”a risk to the health, safety or good order of the Australian community” what are we supposed to make of him in PNG? May be, a menace like a bull let loose by politicians in a candy shop that has no regard to anybody or anything, causing untold damage to the reputation of the country, his family and the community he comes from in ENB!

Just watch Rimbink Pato’s next act.

  1. May 21, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Eremas Wartoto as we all know is a white collar criminal. Why is the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Foreign Affairs minister Rimbik Pato, Justice Minister Kua, Police Minister Duban, etc not bothering to discuss and address this issue? What is the difficulty in arresting, charging and throwing Wartoto into jail and sell all the properties and recoup the milions of kina he got from the people’s purse. Why is Paul Tienstin still walking around the corridors of the Parliament when he should have been investigated a long time ago and expelled from public office or be serving at Bomana.

    I hope justice can be done to these people who are bennefiting at the expense of the faithful taxpayers and the ordinary rural PNGians. We are made to suffer by a few selfish PNGians who do not have any regard for other fellow PNGians but only for their own slefish gains.

    The PM and his respective MPs must stand-up and do what is right for the people of PNG, serve justice to those who deserve it.

  2. Steve Harp
    May 21, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Eremas Wartoto has not been convicted of any crime and the charges against him are suspiciously timed to benefit certain political’s during the last election. He has been released on bail and It would be wise to let the courts hear the case before casting judgment.

    Wartoto started Travel Air two years ago and has been in the news ever since, he evidently has something that powerful people are trying to take. I suspect this is the underlying reason for recent government activities.

  3. JUDY
    May 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm


  4. Rata Palisah
    May 22, 2013 at 7:47 am

    O yeh! Its good to hear these! The drums are beating however we will have to see who is dancing to the beats and who would be scared for the beats. See who gets exhausted! Thank God the can of worms are opening up! He should be locked up without bail. Wartoto bought planes straight after receiving K10m and after the Kerevat NHS saga. Only Wartotos shoe brushers and briefcase carriers can support him.

  5. Hunters
    May 22, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Lots of talks on this gentlemen; some simple questions that need need specific answers “how was his application successful?” what are the requirements or criteria used to screen or process Mr Wartoto’s request? Who authorize the payment? How did tender’s board award contract to him? I solute this gentleman for be a very successful business man in PNG.

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