Local landowners oppose PMIZ


Local leaders of the Kananam and Dapu people have spoken out in opposition to the governments controversial Pacific Marine Industrial Zone, and declared they will not allow the project to be built on their land.

(Photo: Adolf Skarmai (second from right), Vitus Kai (right) and other leaders)

"We hear we may be moved elsewhere but this cannot be! This is our land, our birth right," said Augustine Lalo.

This Parliament - and the next?

By James Macpherson, Eric Kwa and Ray Anere* 


Political climate change can create a political cyclone. Controversies over parliament’s election of the Governor-General, votes of no-confidence, environmental legislation, integrity of political parties, and infrequent meetings of parliament are political climate changes. Parliament risks unconstitutionality and irrelevance. This could be the cyclone.

Tribunal all a big anti-climax?

From ABC Radio

It was expected to be one of the most explosive legal cases Papua New Guinea had seen for years. The elderly prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, was hauled before a specially convened tribunal to answer charges of official misconduct.

But compared to the political dramas that preceded it, the action in court turned out to be something of an anticlimax.


PNG suffers chronically in bad resource deals

From a Special Correspondent*

Papua New Guinea suffers chronically from the way in which state equity participation is negotiated in major resource extraction projects.

A combination of the worst possible behaviour from international resource companies, which is as bad in PNG as it is in any country in the world, abetted by the incompetence of the National Government in negotiating equity participation, means that PNG ends up seeing its resources shipped offshore with the lowest possible returns to the Nation.

EIS paints a terrible picture of PMIZ impacts

By PMIZ Watcher

The Environmental Impact Assessment for the government's Pacific Marine Industrial Zone in Madang paints a terrible picture of the likely social and environmental impacts of the project.

The 39-page EIS was prepared by the Department of Commerce and Industry in June 2010 and submitted to the Department of Environment and Conservation.