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Bainings win SABL court battle

Source: Isaac Nicholas, Post Courier

LANDOWNERS in East New Britain Province have won a landmark legal battle to retake their “hijacked” land from the controversial Special Agriculture and Business Lease (SABL).

The people of Baining in Gazelle district had taken the State and developer to court over the SABL deal which has now been declared null and void by the National Court in Kokopo last Thursday.

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Don’t be fooled by Prime Minister O’Neill’s weasel words on land

There were some fine words from our Prime Minister in Parliament last week on the vital importance of customary land:

“Land, and its connection [to] our people is at the heart and soul of our country and our communities”.

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Three years but still no action to cancel SABL leases

For three years Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has failed to cancel unlawful SABL leases affecting over 5 million hectares of land and has failed to deliver on his promises to return the land to its customary owners.

Today, June 24, is the three-year anniversary of the Commission of Inquiry reports that exposed the whole scam and confirmed the leases are unlawful.

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Government to endorse unlawful SABL land grab

The government is to ignore the SABL Commission of Inquiry and endorse the SABL land grab by converting the unlawful leases into registered land and issuing new leases to the logging companies.

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Post Courier: Stop work on loggers right move

Stop work notice highlights government inaction on SABL

Source: Post Courier Editorial

THE Government finally acted yesterday on a case that has been at the centre of illegal logging allegations.

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PNG in no rush to crack down on Asian logging giants

PHOTO: Local landowners in Bewani, north-west PNG, inspect the damage from logging to one of their creeks. (ABC: Eric Tlozek)

By Eric Tlozek, ABC News

Papua New Guinea's government has indicated it will allow intensive logging under the pretext of agricultural development to continue.

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Finance Department Commission of Inquiry 5th Birthday Bash hosted by Act NOW!

March 5th 2015 marked 5 years since the Finance Department Commissiob of Inquiry Report was tabled in Parliament. Up until now, this report has not been implemented. The report shows 58 pubic servants, lawyers and bureaucrats were implicated and yet nothing has been done to arrest them or recover the stolen K780 million. These thieves are freely living high both in PNG and abroad on the expanse of tax payers hard earned money.

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Basil: Finance Enquiry Anniversary Is Sad

Deputy Opposition Leader Sam Basil speaks out about re-couping the K780 million that was stolen and those implicated prosecuted as it is sad that after 5years nothing has been done and no one prosecuted yet!

Source: Papua New Guinea Today

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Photos from the Finance Department Inquiry 5th Birthday Bash

K780 million in public money was stolen through the Department of Finance between 2000 and 2006. But, despite a Commission of Inquiry that detailed who was involved and their methods, nobody has been prosecuted and none of the monies has ever been recovered. 

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Lawrence Stephens, TIPNG, speech at the Finance Dept Inquiry 5th Birthday Bash

Photo: Lawrence Stephens, Chair TIPNG, giving his Keynote Address


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