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

May 30, 2016 Leave a comment

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!

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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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Mugabe spending millions but how much is ACP meeting costing PNG?

May 28, 2016 Leave a comment

Somare and Mugabe

Bob alone at Papua New Guinea summit

New Zimbabwe

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe will be the only head of state attending the 8th summit of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) in Papua New Guinea next week.

Opposition parties immediately condemned the latest foreign jaunt amid reports Mugabe has spent $80m so far this year travelling abroad.

Harare has yet to confirm the 92-year-old will travel to Port Moresby for the meeting.

However, sources told NewZimbabwe.com that Mugabe would, Friday morning, take his Air Zimbabwe to Gweru for a graduation event at the Zimbabwe Military Academy (ZMA) after which he would fly to southwestern Pacific nation.

With its economy in the tank, Harare has appealed for help to feed 4.5 million people threatened with hunger this year after a severe drought.

Government is also struggling to pay civil servants while Zimbabwe’s ambassadors and staff have gone without pay for months and some now face eviction due to unpaid rentals.

Papua New Guinea will host the ACP leaders’ summit between on Tuesday and Wednesday next week with 79 countries said to have confirmed participation.

50 heads of delegations are expected – including a president, four vice-presidents, 13 prime ministers, one deputy prime minister, one speaker of the national parliament, 14 ministers and 16 ambassadors.

The host country’s Foreign Affairs and Immigration Rimbink Pato said “the president was Robert Mugabe from Zimbabwe”.

The Zanu PF leader has hardly been in the country for a week after travelling to Singapore to pick up his family and newly born grandson.

Prior to the South East Asia visit, Mugabe was in South Africa for centenary celebrations at Fort Hare university after travelling to Uganda for President Yoweri Museveni’s inauguration.

MDC-T spokesman, Obert Gutu, it was incredible that Mugabe was again leaving the country barely a week after returning from Singapore.

He said the Zanu PF leader never passes an opportunity to escape from the country costing the “bankrupt treasury $80m this year; and we are not even halfway through the year”.

“Mugabe is wasting this money at a time half the country is facing starvation due to a severe drought. That is why we have said this he is no longer fit for purpose and must resign.”

Jacob Mafume, spokesman for the PDP added: “Mugabe suffers from an excessive attention seeking sickness.

“He is like a man who messes up his own house with his waste and keeps leaving the house because the house smells.

“He has created a country where even he cannot live for more than a week. Just recently he was stopped by the Indians from attending a street party in India. He even sends his daughter to give birth out of the country so that he can visit

“Mugabe has become an international laughing stock and a moving museum, if not a flesh and blood archaeological piece. How they continue to parade him for all and sundry is beyond belief.”

O’Neill’s illegal logging: 1064 days and counting…

May 23, 2016 1 comment

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Peter O'Neill: Theft of forest resources: Guilty

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

May 16, 2016 2 comments

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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

Prime Minister’s SABL lies exposed

May 12, 2016 4 comments

land act amendment notice

The Prime Minister’s numerous promises to cancel the unlawful SABL leases have been exposed as a complete lie.

Proposed amendments to the Lands Act, released by the Minister, Benny Allen, show the government intends to allow the SABL leases to remain for their full 99 year terms.

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This is despite the fact SABL leases have been exposed as an illegal scam by a Commission of Inquiry and in several court cases. The leases were issued without the informed consent of customary land owners and in breach of numerous rules and regulations.

Since receiving the CoI reports in June 2013 the Prime Minister has made repeated promises that he will implement the findings, cancel the leases and return 5 million hectares of land to its customary owners.

Instead the proposed amendments to the Lands Act, although preventing any new SABL leases from being issued, will allow the current leases to remain and in many cases landowners will not regain control of their land until after 2100!

Land (Amendment) Act 2013 [pdf file 5MB]

2016 Guide to National Crisis Issues Available for Download Here!

May 11, 2016 1 comment

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From PNGBLOGS

Our country needs the active help of those who often don’t do anything more than read social media postings if we are to keep Peter O’Neill from defeating truth and justice.   In the coming weeks we the people of our land will either be jumping in the streets with pride and joy that we have defeated evil or we will feel intensely shamed for years to come by the knowledge that we were defeated not because we were wrong, but because we didn’t give the same effort as the evil people in power did.

To help you take action PNGBlogs has  created a selection of papers and postings from around the internet as a guide to students and everyone else to learn more about the national crisis issues that are now reaching the point of explosion.

Until all of us as PNGeans become much better educated on the issues, we will not be motivated enough to correct the problems. Each and every one of us must learn more about the facts of the matter. That’s why we put together this collection of information for you.

Please download the pdf that is attached to this article and educate yourself. The resource book covers all of the following critical disaster areas and provides facts and figures.

CONTENTS OF THE RESOURCE BOOK:  CURRENT STATE OF PNG DEVELOPMENT, CORRUPTION IN PNG, LOSS OF FREEDOM, OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, GROWING DICTATORSHIP, PNG EDUCATION AND HEALTH, FINANCIAL MISMANAGEMENT, UBS LOAN, PAUL PARAKA SCAM, ISRAELI GENERATOR PURCHASE, PACIFIC GAMES, SABL LAND GRAB, OK TEDI GRAB, STATE OWNED ENTERPRISES.

Please help PNG by doing one or more of the following now:

  1. Email the link to this page to your family and friends now, or e-mail the resource book as an attachment.
  2. Photocopy and post articles that you find of special interest in your workplace or in public places.
  3. If you still have ties to the village, organize your wantoks to read these materials and develop awareness programs back home.
  4. Make hard copies available to our university and college students quickly. We cannot do this because we are not on the ground at UPNG, Unitech, UNRE, or other campuses that are becoming active. The students can use this information when they go out and do awareness on the issues that relate to their demands.

Click here to download this book of information

O’Neill’s illegal logging: 1050 days and counting…

May 9, 2016 2 comments

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Peter O'Neill: Theft of forest resources: Guilty

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