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New Report Calls for a Dramatic Change for Real Development in Papua New Guinea

With the release of a new report, ACT NOW!, Jubilee Australia, and the Oakland Institute, are calling for an urgent change of course from political leaders in Papua New Guinea. The report, From Extraction to Inclusion, analyses the country’s economic and development performance since its independence in 1975.

Mayur’s claims for coal fired power don’t stack up

Eddie Tanago | ACT NOW!

Mayur Resources justifications for building an expensive and polluting coal-fired power station in PNG are irresponsible, condescending, illogical and faintly ridiculous.

The truth is a coal-powered plant does’t make sense on economic, environmental or human rights grounds and for PNG and the Pacific, coal power would represent a terrible step backwards.

Australian Company Accused of Spruiking Unnecessary Coal Power Project in PNG

Source: Jubilee Australia / CELCOR

A new report from CELCOR and the Jubilee Australia Research Centre has raised significant concerns about a proposal from an ASX listed Australian energy company, Mayur Resources, to build the Pacific’s first coal-fired power station in Papua New Guinea,

Brisbane-based Mayur Resources,, plans to build a 52MW coal-fired power station sited at Lae wharf, within the city limits, in PNG’s second largest city.

Time to Root Out the Rot in PNG Logging

Editorial: Post Courier August 25th 2020

Last week we applauded the government efforts through a joint effort that uncovered illegal workers and unregistered equipment in a logging operation in PNG’s Northern Province.

In fact, our exact phrase was to urge the PNG Government to “deal decisively with foreigners who do not respect our laws”.

The Impact of COVID- 19 on Papua New Guinea's Urban Poor

By Cathy Tukne

On the eve of the national State of Emergency (SOE) shut down, little did informal vendors know how this sudden decision would snap their daily livelihoods.  While the SOE was a crucial measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the restrictions imposed had a devastating impact on the majority of urban people whose livelihoods are strongly linked to informal economic activities.