Corruption is a massive problem in Papua New Guinea, as the yet-to-be-completed election has again illustrated.

The truth is, people are dying unnecessarily everyday because of the stealing and the mismanagement it causes.

A well resourced, permanent and politically independent Commission Against Corruption [ICAC] is desperately needed.

Please sign the petition and demand our new Members of Parliament ensure an ICAC is delivered within their first 100 days!

We know this is achievable; all the necessary legislation has been drafted and a Constitutional amendment was passed by Parliament in 2016. 

But it won't happen unless WE make it the number one agenda item - please sign the petition NOW!

It is estimated as much as 50% of the government’s annual development budget is stolen every year [1] and police say K1.5 billion went missing in 2016 alone.[2]

PNG is ranked in the bottom 20% of all countries for corruption by Transparency International, with a corruption perception index score of 28.[3]

The consequences of this corruption are dire with vital services starved of money and mismanagement and abuse rife. 

Health and education services are extremely poor and there is limited access to clean drinking water and adequate sanitation. Communicable diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera are major causes of illness and death.[4] Under-five mortality is 12 times higher than in neighbouring Australia and there are only 51 doctors working outside the capital - an average 1 doctor for every 17,000 people. In Australia the ratio is 1 doctor for every 300 people.[5]

Corruption also undermines governance with laws and proper processes routinely ignored and illegal land deals especially prevalent.[6]

Existing anti-corruption mechanisms have proven to be ineffective and a new body with full powers of investigation and prosecution is urgently needed.[7]

In 2012, the incoming government promised to establish an ICAC as a major step in the fight against corruption. But over the next five-years it failed to fulfil that promise.

We need to ensure the new government does better.

Please sign the petition and demand an ICAC is established within 100 days!

 

FOOTNOTES

[1] http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/latest-news/png-people-lose-billions-to-corruption/news-story/471154c573481545563b713803995874    

[2] http://www.thenational.com.pg/police-allege-k1-5bil-went-missing-last-year/ 

[3]  http://www.transparencypng.org.pg/newsroom/view/corruption-perceptions-index-2016-papua-new-guinea-still-scores-below-avera 

[4]  http://www.wpro.who.int/countries/png/25PNGpro2011_finaldraft.pdf 

[5]  https://www.worldvision.com.au/docs/default-source/school-resources/global-education-papua-new-guinea.pdf?sfvrsn=2    

[6]  https://news.mongabay.com/2014/04/illegal-logging-makes-up-70-percent-of-papua-new-guineas-timber-industry/  and https://pngexposed.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/land-minister-benny-allen-swallowed-up-by-the-sabl-corruption-he-vowed-to-fight/ 

[7] http://actnowpng.org/blog/blog-entry-why-icac-needed-not-another-fruitless-inquiry

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Congratulations on your election victory, but now the hard work really begins!

We all know corruption is a massive problem and a well resourced, permanent and politically independent Commission Against Corruption [ICAC] is desperately needed.

PNG is ranked in the bottom 20% of all countries for corruption by Transparency International, with a corruption perception index score of 28

It is estimated as much as 50% of the government's annual development budget is stolen every year and police say K1.5 billion went missing in 2016 alone.

The consequences of this corruption are dire, with vital services starved of money and mismanagement and abuse rife.

For example, communicable diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera are major causes of illness and death and we have only 51 doctors working outside Port Moresby. On average there is 1 doctor for every 17,000 people (in Australia the ratio is 1 doctor for every 300 people).

Corruption also undermines governance, with laws and proper processes routinely ignored and illegal land deals especially prevalent.

Existing anti-corruption mechanisms are, we know, ineffective and a new body with full powers of investigation and prosecution is urgently needed.

An ICAC was promised by the incoming government in 2012 but was never delivered. Please ensure you do not fail the people of PNG in the same way.

Please ensure a politically independent, well resourced and permanent ICAC is established within the first 100 days of the new Parliament.
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