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O’Neill’s illegal logging: 1071 days and counting…

Peter O'Neill: Theft of forest resources: Guilty

It seems the Prime Minister has no intention of ever reversing the huge SABL land grab and giving the stolen land back to its customary owners.

Instead, proposed changes to the Land Act will allow the illegal leases to run for their full 99 year terms.

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


It is now 1071 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 1071 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.

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  1. Mehdi
    June 2, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I agree, that what is being done is wrong, but you have to realize that this project will benefit PNG’s economy, i think what you should do is fight for compensation for the damages and also seek governments assistance in village development especially in areas that have been effected, that is the way forward. Unless you want to fight for land that is already being damaged and will be heavily damaged by the time the land is reclaimed. I can help you with spreading the message of compensation claimed for the losses incurred and the need for village development as a result of PMIZ operations. If you look at the Documentary ‘Canning Paradise’ you will realize that the villagers want a better future for their kids, therefore if you seek compensation then you will have development which will also bring education. I also suggest you launch a petition because a lot of people will support this, but they don’t know how to. So it would be good if you could suggest methods of assistance or concern that could be done by people around the world. Remember the reason they are doing this is because of money, so claim a portion of it that you rightly deserve through the use of land used.

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