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Dame Kidu and Gummi Fridriksson lose legal bid to silence Paga Hill story

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In 2012 Dame Carol Kidu became the public face for the struggle to save Paga Hill from real-estate developer, PHDC, a company which is led by Icelandic-Australian businessmen Gummi Fridriksson.

Kidu’s 2012 stance was not surprising, Fridriksson had run businesses censured in a Commission of Inquiry, four Public Accounts Committee inquiries, and two Auditor General investigations. Quite a record by any stretch! Kidu damned the land deal at Paga Hill for being mired in alleged corruption and violence.

Kidu’s fully owned company CK Consultancy Limited was subsequently offered a lucrative consultancy deal by PHDC. To the shock of many, Kidu took the deal, and became the public face for Gudmundur Fridriksson and PHDC’s luxury real-estate venture at Paga Hill.

All of the twists and turns of the struggle to save Paga Hill were captured by documentary filmmaker Hollie Fifer. This year Dame Kidu, with funding from PHDC, attempted to silence the film [view the trailer below], through a legal action in the New South Wales Supreme Court. 

Last Friday, the Supreme Court definitively rejected Dame Kidu’s argument that Fifer had used deception and acted unconscionably. The injunction against the film has been lifted, the world will now hear about an epic Papua New Guinea struggle against foreign businessmen and the political elite!

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  1. July 12, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Sem pasin.

  2. Carl
    July 12, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    No wonder the noticeable silence from Lady Kidu. Someone once said “If you can’t beat them, join them”. Is this what may have transpired?

    Can this documentary be aired on our TV Stations so that the public can be able to form an opinion of this case? Lady Kidu’s business deals are for her private and personal life and is a way of earning an income for her self and family. However, what I would like to know and understand is that if her business association with the PHDC has compromised her previous personal position on the whole Paga Settlements issue. It is sad, I feel as if one of our most loved and a highly vocal individual who voices concern over issues regarding the small peoples has been silenced, for now?

    I would like to know the truth….”The Truth Shall Reveal Itself”

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