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O’Neill’s illegal logging: 1057 days and counting…


Will the government ever do anything to undo the huge SABL land grab?

Certainly not seems to be the answer looking at proposed amendments to the Land Act that will allow the leases to run for their full 99 year terms.

So much for all the promises from Prime Minister O’Neill to revoke the unlawful leases, return the land to the people and stop the illegal logging!

It is now a massive 1057 days since Peter O’Neill was told that the SABL leases were unlawful and should be cancelled.

On June 24, 2013 O’Neill was given the reports of the SABL Commission Inquiry which detail the widespread fraud and mismanagement that allowed foreign logging companies to gain illegal access to over 5 million hectares of land.

For three years O’Neill has REPEATEDLY promised us the leases will be canceled and illegal logging stopped.

In September 2013 O’Neill said in Parliament:

“We will no longer watch on as foreign owned companies come in and con our landowners, chop down our forests and then take the proceeds offshore”

In June 2014, announcing an NEC decision supposedly cancelling the leases, O’Neill said

“We are taking these steps to reclaim our customary land illegally lost to foreigners with the help of corrupt public servants and leaders”

“As a responsible government we want to ensure that all citizens have access to the lands of their ancestors. We will not allow our land to be lost to unscrupulous people out to con our people” 

The Chief Secretary has also declared the leases a corrupt scam:

“It is widely known that vast amounts of pristine forest have been logged to enrich a corrupt few people, while landowners have unknowingly lost their most valuable asset – their land”.

But, despite all the promises, no action has been taken to cancel the leases, landowners are receiving no support from the government in their battles against the land grabbing and WE ARE STILL WAITING for the logging to be stopped.

For 1057 days O’Neill has failed to ensure the SABL leases are revoked and has been complicit in the illegal logging of our forests by foreign logging companies.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has aided and abetted the theft of logs worth hundreds of million of kina and the destruction of thousands of hectares of pristine forest.

Peter O'Neill: Theft of forest resources: Guilty

  1. May 19, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    keep up the good work

  2. May 22, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    There are two ships currently moored in Kieta harbour in Bougainville.
    Less than four (4) years ago, one ship the ‘Pacific Trainer’ was repaired in October 2012 at the PNG Dockyard.

    The owner of the ‘Pacific Trainer’ at that time was the Rimbunan Hijau Group, who are responsible for large scale destructive logging in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and other countries.

    Does anyone know if the Rimbunan Hijau Group still owns this ship?

    According to Simon Pentanu of Bougainville, “There is an imminent risk and danger from all the signs and indications and from information from the security staff and some of the crew on the vessels that one or both vessels are developing leaks. The worst that will happen is for the vessels, especially the fuel supply vessel, Pacific Trainer, already under stress and in a state of disrepair, to sink where it is berthed. Both vessels are aged, rusting away and under stress and duress.”

    See the full story at

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