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Lands Secretary suspended but corruption still remains

Source: PNG Exposed

Secretary for Lands Romily Kila-Pat has finally been suspended – you can read some of the newspaper coverage from last week below – but the corruption in the Lands Department has yet to be properly addressed.

Kila-Pat, like his predecessor Pepi Kimas, has overseen numerous illegal lands deals and was infamously involved in many of the unlawful SABL leases – but the corruption in the Lands Department runs far deeper and two important questions need answering:

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Aitape Lumi villages send message of opposition to SABL land grab to PM

Vilages in the Aitape Lumi District of West Sepik are sending a message to the Prime Minister they want the SABL land grab reversed and the leases cancelled.

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SABL postcard signing in East Sepik

SABL awareness continues on to the East Sepik Province. More and more people, mostly women and children are signing SABL postcards addressed to the Prime Minister calling for an end to the land grab. Signing has been ongoing in the West Coast area of Araimi, Kotai, Dogur and Makopin villagers.

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Come celebrate 40years at the Goroka Show, EHP

The Goroka Show is on again this weekend, 11th to 13th September 2015, at the National Sports Institute (NSI), and this year celebrating 40years of Papua New Guinea Independence.

ACTNOW! will be putting up a stall giving away show bags, information on the Special Agricultural Business Leases (SABL), Experimental Seabed Mining, the Model of Development and more. 

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Court Rulings confirm SABLs null and void

Source: PNG exposed blog

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New radio advertisement targets PM to push on cancelation of fraudulent leases

A new radio advertisement calling for an end to illegal SABL logging is hitting the airwaves in PNG.

This advert is sponsored by ACT NOW! and is currently playing on the popular YumiFM radio station. 

Stop the SABL land grab now!!

Fraudulent agricultural leases have been used to steal over 5 million hectares of forest from customary owners. That is over 10% of PNG's total land area.

"When will the PM Peter O'Neill revoke the leases and stop the SABLs?"

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New billboard pokes fun at O'Neill's inaction on SABL land grab

A new cartoon highlighting the failure of the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to take any action over the SABL land grab has been strategically placed on a billboard right outside his Departmental office.

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MP's join the campaign against illegal land grabbing

Whilst customary landowners continue a struggling fight to keep and retain their land from cronie investors, members of parliament begin to realise the plight of people in thier provinces, and the peak of land grabbing in Papua New Guinea. 

It is great to see and read that members of parliament are joining the campaign against illegal land grabbing.

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Special Task Force to implement SABL recommendations

Any action by the government to address the SABL land grab and illegal logging is very welcome - but landowners have been waiting two years, not six months as the Chief Secretary claims...

By Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV, Port Moresby

The inquiry into the Special Agriculture Business Leases (SABL) has been taken over by an Independent Task Force Team.

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