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Australian academics paid $500,000 over two years for mining work on Bougainville


Two Australian academics have been paid almost $500,000 by the Australian government for two years work towards reopening the Panguna mine in Bougainville.

The figures have been revealed by the Australian Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee.

Bougainville has twice rejected Regan's controversial new Mining Law

Bougainville has twice rejected Regan’s controversial new Mining Law paid for by Australia

Controversial ABG advisor Anthony Regan has been paid over $270,000 – K680,000 – for his work drafting a controversial new Mining Law and other legislation.

Regan’s draft law has twice been rejected by the people pf Bougainville as being too biased in favor of foreign mining companies including Rio Tinto.

The figure revealed by the Committee as paid to Regan includes reimbursable travel costs and covers the period from June 2011 to November 2013.

A second Australian academic Ciaron O’Faircheallaigh has been paid $215,000 over two years for his work on negotiation “of a mining agreement to govern the Panguna mine”.

In total Australia is funding 22 ‘advisor’ positions in Bougainville – at an annual cost of $2.9 million in 2012/13. Some of the positions are full-time, some part-time and some are currently vacant according to the Committee.

  1. JUDY
    April 3, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    It looks like it is always the FAT CATS who get to be paid(plenty) writing papers after papers which will eventually get thrown into rubbish pin.And further down the middlemen and their sidekicks get their cut and the real landowners what to they get out from all the willing and dealing of these Fat dogs and cats.Sick of the whole rigmarole.Just hope that their papers never get acceptances by the people.

  2. James Farengai
    April 5, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    And yet when the people pick up arms they are the ones being called violent!!!!! Bullshit. The destroying of cultures, the environment and human dignity is VIOLENCE!!!!!!! Regan and company are mercenaries on behalf of the vultures. Go B’ville – show the rest of us cowardly redskins (and I mean it) how to protect the unborn future generations. Full support – by any means necessary!!!!!

  3. April 8, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Griffith University wishes to correct factual errors contained in the item ‘Australian academics paid $500,000 over two years for mining work on Bougainville’.
    Professor Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh was not paid $215,000 for provision of advice to the Autonomous Bougainville Government. The sum referred to involves payments to Griffith University for services provided to the Autonomous Bougainville Government and for reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses.
    Professor O’Faircheallaigh is a salaried employee and does not receive separate payments for his work for the ABG.
    – Dean Gould, Director of Marketing and Communications, Griffith University, Australia

  4. pkay
    April 11, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Thanks for this correction by Dean. What other misleading assertions are we being fed I wonder. As long as ABG & Bougainville needs these advisors and their experience and expertise they will continue to be deployed and utilised in Bougainville. This is the People’s call through their political and bureaucratic leaders. The alternative is to allow conniving Marxist/ Trotskyites Putinist scumbags to come and cause havoc and mayhem in a country and in a Bougainville they know very little about and have next to no contribution to speak of.
    A lot of it just smacks of sour grapes.

  5. April 12, 2014 at 6:52 am

    There is a film which documents the War during the Blockade the and effects on the People and their lifestyles, hiding deep in Jungle to avoid the “patrol boats, helicopters and Care centres”. Bougainville – “Our Island, Our Fight”.

    To understand Bougainville and the people and processes in War; – Watch this film which has won many Awards around the Globe and is lucky available via iTunes in most Countries Global.

    help spread the work of independent media and film makers and ensure you friends and family get a copy.




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