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O’Neill’s illegal logging: after 1386 days is it finally over?

Has Prime Minister Peter O’Neill finally acted on his promises and ended the SABL land grab and stopped the illegal logging?

It is now 1,386 days since the reports of the SABL Commission Inquiry which detailed the widespread fraud and mismanagement that allowed foreign logging companies to gain illegal access to over 50 thousand square kilometres of land.

Over that time the Prime Minister has made repeated promises to cancel the leases and stop the logging but, for almost four years, nothing has happened, while the logging companies continued to chop down and export logs worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

But, in recent statements, both the Prime Minister and the Minister for Lands have claimed the government has finally acted and CANCELLED all the SABL leases.

Minister Benny Allen has been quoted saying:

“The Government has taken a blanket cancellation of all special agriculture business leases in the country and as we speak, they are all illegal”.

“I have given directions to acting secretary to write letters to all special agriculture business lease holders, informing them that the leases that they are holding are illegal and no longer in force now. It’s another useless document of no legal value and effect”.

There is, of course, a sting in the tail; the Prime Minister and Minister Allen also say the government will now assist ‘genuine’ investors to acquire a new title to the land they have illegally occupied, using incorporated land groups and land registration. It is not clear which SABL areas this applies to, although the PM has singled out Rimbunan Hijau’s operations in Pomio for praise, despite the strong community opposition to the logging and oil palm operations there.

Silent though has been Logging Minister, Douglas Tomuriesa. Has the Forest Authority stopped all logging in SABL areas and are all the Forest Clearance Authorities being cancelled or withdrawn?

Without any word from the Minister or PNG Forest Authority, the public will be wise to remain skeptical.

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  1. April 14, 2017 at 12:02 am

    Probably not. Prime Minister O’Neill is full of promises.
    He promised that he would give the Rio Tinto shares from Bougainville Copper Limited to the people of Bougainville but has he? NO but the shares are worthless so he can keep them.
    But, according to President Momis, ‘Mr. Micah has been trying to get control of Rio Tinto’s BCL shares for over two years. He has had secret dealings with Rio. I call on the Prime Minister to overrule his irresponsible minister. He must protect the peace process by transferring the 17.4 per cent shareholding to the ABG.”
    Rio Tinto made the decision to give PNG and Bougainville equal shares.
    So, who is calling the shots????

    O’Neill and Momis are puppets for FOREIGN mining companies.
    O’Neill is a puppet for FOREIGN logging companies.

    So, has Prime Minister Peter O’Neill finally acted on his promises and ended the SABL land grab and stopped the illegal logging?

    Most unlikely. He can make promises, and more promises but ultimately he is a liar because he is manipulated by the corporate thugs who do not give a damn about the enviroment.

    https://bougainvillenews.com/2016/07/10/bougainville-mining-news-momis-slams-png-ministers-statement-as-misleading-and-mischievous-nonsense/

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