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O’Neill: Come in Red, Gold and Black

The National


PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill is calling on people attending the match against the US Hawks on Sunday to turn up in the national colours of red, black and gold.

He urged the nation to send off the Kumuls to Melbourne for the Rugby League World Cup quarterfinals next week on a high.

On the first two matches against Wales and Ireland, he said: “It was great to see mums and dads, together with their children, attending the two games and supporting the PNG LNG Kumuls”.

“These are proud moments for us as a country of a thousand tribes, but united by a one common theme – rugby league.”
O’Neill said hosting the three matches had provided a wonderful opportunity to showcase Papua New Guinea to the world through live television coverage to more than 100 countries with an estimated television audience of 25 million.

“Papua New Guinea sends our very best wishes to the PNG LNG Kumuls against the United States, and also in the quarter finals in Melbourne,” O’Neill said.


US Accepts 54

The National

THE Government has welcomed the approval by the United States to resettle some refugees from Manus, and hopes more cases are resolved before the closure of the centre next month.

A United States Department official confirmed yesterday that a “first group” of 54 refugees had been approved and would travel to the US in  the coming weeks, and more should be resettled in the coming months. An agreement was struck last year with the Obama administration.

The Manus regional processing centre will be closed on Oct 31 in compliance with a PNG Supreme Court ruling last year that the detention of asylum seekers on the island was in breach of the PNG constitution.n    From Page 1
A PNG Government spokesman told The National yesterday that the process involving the settlement of refugees in the US had been underway for some time.

“In broader terms, we (Government) look forward to seeing other individual asylum-seeker cases advanced, particularly ahead of the closure of the Manus regional processing centre,” he said.

“Ultimately, the intent of the Manus centre was to do our part to put an end to people smuggling in the Asia-Pacific region.”
Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani currently held at the Manus centre welcomed the US government decision.
Boochani called on the US and Australia to specify a time frame for sending people to America.

“Their (Australia’s) plan is to close Manus detention centre by the end of October and until now, they could not because the refugees have resisted and refused to leave the detention centre and go to East Lorengau,” Boochani said.

There are 730 refugees on Manus and 1053 on Nauru at the end of August, according to the Australian government.

Many of the refugees have been on Manus since 2012 after PNG and the Kevin Rudd-led Labor government signed an agreement to process their cases at the Manus centre.

Independence Defined Moment of Freedom, Democracy: G-G

The National


THE lowering of the Australian flag 42 years ago defined the moment of truth, freedom and democracy that came with responsibility, Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae says.

He told a crowd at the Sir Ignatius Stadium in Lae to celebrate Independence Day that the greatest challenge for the nation was reorganising our diversity against the backdrop of various tribal and ethnic groupings and the customary land rights.

“Despite many obstacles, our founding fathers, led by Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, were courageous to pursue self determination that resulted in self-government and eventually independence in 1975,” he said.

“We are indebted to them for their foresight in writing the first chapter of freedom in PNG’s modern history.
“As we celebrate, we pay tribute to those who walked ahead of us to set the path for independence 42 years ago.”
Sir Bob said what the colonial administration thought was a dream became a reality as the late Sir John Guise announced to the people that PNG was independent.

“The people of Lae city and Morobe also played a significant role in uniting our nation and our people during the pre-independence era. They overlooked regionalism and stood firm for unity for our nation and our people.”

PM: Sector No Longer All Boys’ Club

BY: Charles Yapum

The public service in the country is no longer an all boys’ club, says Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.

“The public service is now based on the skills, experience and education that individuals possess,” O’Neill said on Monday.

He was speaking at the 2017 Pacific Public Service Commissioners Conference (PPSCC) launching in Port Moresby.

The three-day conference starts today.

“In Papua New Guinea, we are going into quite a change taking place not only in our infrastructure development and growth of our economy but the reforms we are making in the public sector structure,” O’Neill said.

“I inherited a government who was embarking on rightsizing and downsizing the public service machinery in the country.

“What it simply means is sacking everybody, in a simplest form of words.

“When I led the government for the last 6 years, our aim was to rebuild the public service and not necessarily to put people out of work, but reskill them so they will continue to perform better to the expectations of our people.

“As the modern world continues to bring more challenges, particularly changes that are taking place in technology and management skills that are required to meet those changes, it is important that we give our people the opportunity to upgrade their skills in the public services so they can continue to provide the services that we continue to demand.


“That is why it is important that the public service machinery is continuously reformed and updated to meet those challenges.”

The PM pointed out that one of the hurdles in Papua New Guinea is lack of skilled personnel.

“That is why our government has continued to invest in education, as one of our four core priority in the last 6 years,” O’Neill said.

PPSCC began in 2004 and provides and avenue for Pacific Public Service Commissioners to discuss public sector issues, share information and experiences, and cooperate to promote public service excellence for the Pacific.

It comprises commissioners from Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Palau, PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.