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Aus-PNG News Links: Tuesday 17 September…

Achieving economic independence must be PNG’s goal [Post-Courier],  Prime Minister James Marape has said as he marked the country’s 44th Independence Day. Mr Marape was speaking at …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Monday 16 September …

Bad weather forced the cancellation of the final leg of PNG Prime Minister James Marape’s visit to Bougainville [NBC News/Facebook]. As the visit concluded, officials pledged the A …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Friday 13 September …

The PNG Prime Minister has proposed a national reconciliation ceremony between the national government and Bougainville [EMTV News] as it supports the coming referendum process in …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Thursday 12 Septembe…

On his historic visit to Bougainville, the PNG Prime Minister [Loop PNG] has hosted a cabinet meeting and made an address to the Autonomous Region’s House of Representatives. He ha …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Wednesday 11 Septemb…

There have been more political moves in PNG with the remaining MPs from the National Alliance party moving with Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch to the government benches [Radio …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Tuesday 10 September…

PNG Prime Minister James Marape says MPs should be preparing to make sacrifices to fund the coming supplementary budget, with cuts to Provincial and District support programs [The …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Tuesday 3 September …

A former Australian Federal Court judge has been appointed to join [AFR] a PNG government Commission of Inquiry into the UBS loan affair. Formal terms of reference for the inquiry …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Friday 30 August 201…

The Australian company Paladin which provides security services to asylum seekers and refugees on Manus Island was fined more than one thousand times by the Australian government f …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Thursday 29 August 2…

A supplementary budget is likely to be brought down within coming weeks [Post-Courier], PNG Prime Minister James Marape has told parliament. The fallout from this week’s ministeria …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Wednesday 28 August …

Big changes in the lineup of PNG’s government: Kavieng MP Ian Ling-Stuckey has been brought across from opposition to be appointed Treasurer [Reuters], with Sam Basil shifted to Na …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Tuesday 27 August 20…

Budgets and debt [AFP/France 24] have been a big focus of PNG-Australia ministerial talks in Port Moresby. Australia has turned down a request from PNG for directing some of its ai …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Monday 26 August 201…

Australia’s Foreign Affairs minister Marise Payne will lead a delegation of six ministers to PNG for the annual Ministerial Forum [SBS News], the largest delegation of its kind in …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Friday 23 August 201…

The Public Accounts Committee of PNG’s Parliament will hold an inquiry into the recent awarding of contracts [The National] for the supply of drugs and medicine for the national he …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Thursday 22 August 2…

Talks about a new deal for the Papua LNG project will continue [Post-Courier], PNG Prime Minister James Marape says, and he is positive a favourable outcome can be reached. Mr Mara …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Wednesday 21 August …

Australia’s Foreign Minister has confirmed the government is talking to PNG [ABC News] about providing budget support, which could include loans. PNG Treasurer Sam Basil has been i …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Tuesday 20 August 20…

PNG’s government has flagged it wants a greater stake in the Porgera gold mine [Reuters] as part of renegotiations over the mine’s lease. Commerce Minister Wera Mori has also told …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Monday 19 August 201…

PNG’s Permanent Public Accounts Committee has resolved to pursue an investigation [Post-Courier] into the state-owned oil company Kumul Petroleum Holdings. The body of a pastor has …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Friday 16 August 201…

Papua New Guinea’s government has warned talks over a new gas deal could end “disastrously” [Reuters] as it sends a negotiating team to Singapore to discuss the proposed Papua LNG …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Thursday 15 August 2…

The commission of inquiry into the PNG’s government’s loan from UBS to buy Oil Search shares will commence early next month [Post-Courier]. Commissioner Sir Salamo Injia has announ …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Wednesday 14 August …

Australia’s government is ready to help PNG refinance its national debt [Reuters], Minister for the Pacific Alex Hawke says. Mr Hawke is in Tuvalu for the Pacific Island Forum and …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Tuesday 13 August 20…

PNG’s new immigration detention centre at Bomana [RNZ] outside Port Moresby has begun operation [PNG Today], with 50 asylum seekers now detained in the centre [Loop PNG]. Some of t …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Monday 12 August 201…

The role of the Swiss bank UBS will be scrutinised [AFR] as part of the PNG government’s new inquiry into a loan transaction involving the bank and the purchase of shares in Oil Se …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Friday 9 August 2019

PNG’s former Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia has been appointed to head up a commission of inquiry [Post-Courier] into a controversial loan and share purchase deal involving UBS and …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Thursday 8 August 20…

A statement that said PNG’s government was looking to China to refinance its entire government debt may have been released without official approval, EMTV reports. While the China …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Wednesday 7 August 2…

PNG’s Prime Minister has signalled interest in a Free Trade Agreement with China and asked the country for help to restructure its government debt [PNG Facts]. James Marape made th …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Tuesday 6 August 201…

The chair of Bougainville’s Referendum Commission says an agreed six week delay in voting will be used to ensure a better electoral roll for the referendum [Loop PNG]. The PNG and …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Monday 5 August 2019

PNG’s government has signalled it will back the Papua LNG deal finalised by former Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, although has said some terms will still need to be negotiated. Cabi …

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Aus-PNG News Links: Friday 2 August 2019

The Post-Courier features comments from a former consultant to PNG Power saying costs for the proposed Ramu 2 Hydro project are excessive, and the project should be able to be buil …

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