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Opening Address to Parliament – Prime Minister Peter O’Neill

Address to Parliament by

Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP

Prime Minister 


22 August 2017

Mr. Speaker,
I thank His Excellency, the Governor-General of Papua New Guinea, Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae, for his opening address to this Honourable House this morning.

Mr. Speaker,
Please allow me to express the Government’s appreciation on this occasion, and at the same time Mr. Speaker, to take this opportunity to welcome all Members of Parliament on both sides of the House. 
Our people have placed their trust in all of us to represent them in this House so we can continue to stand-up for the interests of our great Nation.
Now is the time to be united behind this common trust that our people have place in us.
Now is a time to put aside personality politics.
It is a time to debate policy and ideas that will advance the interests of all Papua New Guineans.
As a Government, we will continue to build on the foundations that we laid over the past five years.
We went to elections with a core set of policies, and the voters embraced these policies.
Working with our coalition partners in Alotau, we have further strengthened these policies, and this going to be is the agenda that we bring to this Parliament.
We have the mandate of the people, and we will honour this mandate given to us through our words and through our actions.

ECONOMIC FOUNDATIONS
As a Government we must maintain focus on strengthening our economic foundations of our Nation.
We will review the revenue that our Government currently generates.
Through this process we will identify areas where we are not reaching our true potential, and to increase these revenue streams.
This will involve the development of a comprehensive Medium-Term Revenue Strategy to stimulate revenue-led growth for our economy.

REVENUE AND DEBT REVIEW
Alongside this assessment of revenue, we will undertake a very comprehensive review of expenditure and our debt management strategy.
We acknowledge that debt is an essential part of life for Government and business alike. 
We must continue to think long-term and continue to apply sensible debt management.
Our economy is in a strong position compared to similar economies around the world, and we will continue to review this position and make positive change.

EXPANDING ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION
An important element in facilitating true economic growth is sharing the gains so that all people benefit.
Our Government, working with our agencies of Government and international partners, will expand the delivery of economic inclusion programs.
We will continue to increase financial literacy and access to credit in the formal economy.

SME DEVELOPMENT
Over the last 40 years, one key business short-falls has been our country’s ability to grow the SME Sector.
While we are open to inviting more foreign direct investment, we need there to be a more level playing field especially in the SME sector.
We are delivering a comprehensive strategy that will grow this sector into the future.

RESOURCES PROJECTS
When it comes to large-scale projects, global companies continue to maintain the highest level of confidence in our oil, gas and mineral sectors.
We are working with TOTAL from France, ExxonMobil from the United States, Oil Search and other companies so that we can develop the next level of LNG production in our country.
At the same time, we know that our value-add strategy coming from this is one that we must advance so that our people and our country continue to benefit more.
We will advance plans to establish a petrochemicals industry in our country over the coming years.

LAND OWNERSHIP
We also need to work harder so that we can continue to support land ownership and equitable benefit sharing that our people are demanding.
We want to ensure that traditional owners can truly benefit from the resources that they and their communities have possessed for thousands of years.
To this end, we are committed to a review on ownership rights of resources in our country.

FORESTRY
Our forestry sector is another resource where we can value-add.
For far too long, Governments have had a less than transparent visibility of this industry where a blind-eye has been turned to issues blatantly before Government.
In this term of Government we will legislate for sustainable forestry development, and we will continue to increase landowner participation in this industry.

TOURISM
A further area of great potential for our people is tourism in this country.
There is so much that we have to offer the world tourism market, and to offer to our own domestic tourist market.
We must strengthen tourism infrastructure, this includes not only building hotels, but other infrastructure like sea ports and air ports.
As agreed in the Second Alotau Accord, we will promote and establish associated infrastructure for the tourism Hubs in our country.

INFRASTRUCTURE
The economy of our nation can only move forward if we have the right infrastructure in place.
Over recent decades, infrastructure has been left to ruin, and has not kept pace with a growing population.
Through the Second Alotau Accord, we have committed to opening up missing links, especially road and bridge links between many of the isolated communities right throughout the country.
We are determined to bring other infrastructure such as power and telecommunications, and make them cheaper.

LAW AND ORDER
Over recent decades, Papua New Guinea has suffered from a negative reputation because of Law and Order issues.
Through the policy initiatives of the Second Alotau Accord, we will create safer and more secure communities.
Our Government is committed to continuing the recruitment of well-disciplined police men and woman, and also other disciplined forces, and equipping them properly so that the can do a fair job.
We will also review legislation that governs all of our disciplined services, to ensure far better accountability so that there is far better command and control structures in place.
Today, in many parts of the country the judiciary and legal system are also gaining access to better infrastructure.
At the same time, our judiciary and legal infrastructure will continued to be enhanced and updated.

EDUCATION
Free education for our children has certainly changed the Nation and launched a new path for many Papua New Guineans.
Over the past five years we have placed more than one million additional children in school.
The first five years of free education has come with a lot of challenges, we are the first to admit this.
Our clear focus now is on improving the quality of education for all of our children.
We also need to keep increasing the number of Papua New Guineans who are getting trade qualifications, as well as expanding their academic qualifications through universities.
We are committed to establishing of an Education Endowment Fund that will further enhance quality education being delivered throughout our country.

HEALTHCARE
Providing healthcare to remote and rural areas remains a core Government policy.
Access to hospital care should not be restricted to urban areas only, and in this term of Government, we will continue to build and rehabilitate district and provincial hospitals.
We will continue to work with churches, NGOS and partner Governments, to strengthen our healthcare services.
We will subsidise specialised healthcare, and we will improve the collation and use of health data and wellbeing indicators. 

POPULATION
We really do not know how many people live in our country.
We have estimates, but these are not accurate enough.
We need to re-establish a National Data Collection Centre so that we can plan better and we can develop policies that better reflect the population distribution in our country.
Accurate population data is key for proper Public Policy planning and monitoring. 
We must aim to keep our economic growth above our population growth, and we can only do this by having access to reliable data so that we can monitor these very indicators as we move forward.

FOREIGN POLICY
We live in an ever-changing and globalising world, it is essential that we position ourselves to be a functional and respected global citizen.
We will continue to grow our trading opportunities and partnerships with many other countries within the region.
We will continue to build our multi-national relations that we already have.
Papua New Guinea is now the incoming host of APEC.
In November next year, the twenty Presidents and Prime Ministers of APEC’s other Member Economies will visit our country.
This is an opportunity to showcase our country to the world.
It is an opportunity to change the way the world views our country.
Papua New Guinea’s APEC will have very Pacific-style Hospitality along with world-class security arrangements.

CONCLUSION – POSITIVE FUTURE
We will continue to be a Government that Governs for all Papua New Guineans.
We must unite all of our people for the betterment of their lives and our country.
We will execute the mandate that has been entrusted to us with diligence and compassion.
We will work day-and-night to deliver the infrastructure and the services that will continue to strengthen our economy and our communities.
This is our pledge that our Government makes to our people.
We thank our Nation and this Honourable House for the mandate that has been bestowed upon us.
We will certainly not let you down, and we will deliver to your expectations.
God Bless Papua New Guinea.

Inductions for Parliamentarians This Week

By : Post Courier

Parliament will be rife with activity this week starting today with a weeklong induction program for members of Parliament in the lead up to the opening of the 10th Parliament.

Members will be briefed on protocol, etiquette, rules, regulations and procedures of Parliament by the Parliamentary Services led by Clerk, Mr Kala Aufa as well as other functions of State by selected State agencies.

Speaker Mr Job Pomat will also address members at the State Function room.

The Ombudsman Commission is billed this morning to introduce the duties and responsibilities as provided for under the Leadership Code while the Auditor General will run new members through the need for accountability in the use of public funds.

The Constitution, Law & Reform Commission and the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates Commission will also address members on the roles of their respective agencies.

The Chief Secretary will lead departments to brief members on Tuesday including Internal Revenue commission, National Economic and Fiscal Commission and National Executive Council.

Members will tour the LNG Processing site on Thursday.

During the week selected companies and departments will put up stalls within Parliament precincts to make available to Members and visitors their wares.

The Official Opening of the 10th Parliament will proceed at 10am on Tuesday, August 22.

Order of proceedings on Tuesday will include a Guard of Honor from the 1st Royal Pacific Island Regiment and the combined Police and Correctional Services band.

After various dignitaries arrive and are escorted to their respected places the Governor General will take his position on the dais for the royal salute and the band will play God save the Queen after which there will be a 19 gun salute followed by the National Anthem which will be sung by students from Ted Diro Primary School.

Members will then enter Parliament and take their seats. The Speaker will seek the concurrence of all members to admit the Chief Justice and other judges into the chamber and having received an “Ayes” vote will do so.

The Governor General will be admitted next where he will take the Speaker’s chair and address the Parliament before declaring the 10th Parliament open.

After the official opening Members and guests will retire to the State Function room for refreshments. There will be some singsing groups on site to bring color to the event.

Manus Scores two for PNC

PNC SECURES TWO MORE MP’s

Peoples National Congress has secured two more seats in Manus.

This follows the simultaneous declarations of Charlie Benjamin and Job Pomat earlier this evening.

Mr Benjamin retains his place on the Governor’s seat, while Mr Pomat, a former MP ousted PNG National Party candidate, Ronny Knight, to become the Open MP.

Mr Pomat polled a total 6,844 votes, past the absolute majority of 6,371.

Manus also becomes the first province to have completed the 2017 National election, following these declarations.

NBC News – Reilly Kanamon (Lorengau)

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TALLY SO FAR

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PNC LEADS IN 10 DECLARATIONS SO FAR

  1. James Marape (PNC) – Tari-Pori Open (Sun 9th July)
    2. Justin Tkatchenko (PNC) – Moresby South Open (Wed 12th July)
    3. Dr. Allan Marat (MLP) – Rabaul Open (Fri 14th July)
    4. Peter O’Neill (PNC) – Ialibu-Pangia Open (Sat 15th July)
    5. Walter Schnaubelt (NA) – Namatanai Open (Sat 15th July)
    6. Petrus Nane Thomas (Ind) – Koroba-Lake Kopiago Open (Sun 16th July)
    7. Koni Iguan (PANGU) – Markham Open (Sun 16th July)
    8. Sam Basil (PANGU) – Bulolo Open (Sun 16th July)
    9. Job Pomat (PNC) – Manus Open (Sun 16th July)
    10. Charlie Benjamin (PNC) – Manus Regional (Sun 16th July)

 

O’Neill Declared on Absolute Majority 

—— Breaking News ——

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has beeen declared the winner for Ialibu-Pangia today on Absolute Majority votes.

After the last ballot box of 114 counted, Peter O’Neill polled 48,714 on first place and his nearest rival Stanley Liria polled 8,429.

Peter O’Neill as the leader for People’s Natuonal Congress Party joins James Marape and Justine Tkatchenko as 3rd declare MP for PNC.

Below are pictures of Peter O’Neill at Momei Oval.




Peter O’Neill comes into the Momei Oval Counting Center at Murumbu to be declared for the Ialibu -Pangia Open Seat for a 4th consecutive term. He has passed the 50% + 1 absolute majority threshold during the primary counts.
After Final count 114 the last box,

Peter O’Neill

48,714

Stanley liria

8,429

L Pangapea

2,479

Sam kari

1,402

Justin Rapula

1311

PNG National General Election NOT Rigged 

********** Press Statement by Simon Bole, General Secretary of PAP ************
There are people in PNG and abroad who say things to undermind capabilities of PNG people and how we can manage our affairs. 

Many of such people in Australia say PNG will be a fallen state. PNG has never failed and we will never fall.
Many of such critics say PNG will fail election 2017. They further say Hela will fail election because it’s a hot spot. Hela election steering committee and Hela people has proved critics wrong by delivering a successful election 2017.
In Hela I don’t see any indication of election rigging by any single Political Party as others claim.
In Hela I also don’t see signs of PNC control or rigging election in Hela.
The results of current counting tallies will prove my statement.
In Komo Magarima open electorate, PAP party leader Tukuyawini Peter Philip is taking a lead with 13,638 plus votes while second runner up is Independent candidate Manessah Makipa with 7,991 votes. The PNC candidate is trailing in 5th place with 4,655 votes. 

PNC candidate is short of about 9,000 votes to beat the PAP leader therefore I don’t see any indication of election rigging by PNC here.
The PNC candidate for Koroba Lake Kopiago is also trailing in 11th place with only 2,270 votes in the ladder as first count winded down and awaiting eliminations.
See results below:
A. Koroba Lake Kopiago Open Seats Updates after count 81/81.

1. Bobby Yupi 6,525 Ind

2. Petrus Thomas 6,333 PPP

3. Waa Akope 5,246 ind

4. Mathias M Putaya 5,061 ind

5. Gabriel Tika 4,376 ind

6. Andrew Andapi 3,719 ind

7. John Kekeno 3,639 PNGP

8. Howard Lole 2,895

9. Allan Tolo 2,729

10. Pais Paro 3,190 ind

11. Isaack Matiabe 2,470…PNC

See also results for Regional and Komo Magarima below.
Updates from Hela for Hela Regional and Komo Magarima open.
B. Progressive Tally for Hela Regional seat after count no.146:

1. Philip Undialu – 29,548 

2. Dr HEWALI – 20,157 

3. Francis Potabe -16,946 

4. Andy Kenamu -14,802 

5. Lari Andagali – 13,556

80 boxesremaining for counting. 

Koroba Kopiago and Komo Margarima open completed quality check and ready for elimination process tomorrow.

Of the 258 boxes, 28 boxes destroyed, 123 counted and left with 107 boxes to go…
C. Komo Magarima open after final count 78

1. PAP party leader Tukuyawini Peter Philip 13,638 votes

2. Manesa Makipa 7,991 votes independent candidate

3. Paul Pale 5,697 ind

4. Tumbi Yari 4,765 ind

5. Edward Alina 4,655 PNC candidate

6.Tony Tanda 3,785

7. Kuruku Ipara 3,656

8. Kevin Tos 3,130

9. Allan Kaiape 3,102..

Quality checks completed for Komo Magarima and Koroba Kopiago yesterday. Today elimination will commence.

Updates for some other electorates in PNG.
D. Update for count in Maprik ESP.

Counting of Box 1 for Maprik Open seat for Albiges Mambep LLG progressive results;

1. Gabriel Kapris 1,403 PNGNP

2. David Anis 266

3. Albert Selbhia 134

4. John Simon 128

5. Pita Lus 44

E. NDC Moresby North West Count 52 Progressive result. PNC candidate and Health Minister is trailing somewhere really bellow the ladder.
1. Lohia Boe Samuel (IND) – 4452

2. Mekere Morauta (IND) – 4052

3. Joseph Tonde (PONP) – 2216

4. Miria Ikupu (IND) – 1858

5. Russel Wavik (PPP) – 1561
Count 53 in progress.

F. In Port Moresby:

NCD Regional seat – Powes Parkop SDP leads on 9,000 votes after count 91.

G. Moresby South seat – PNC candidate Justin Techenko leads on 19,000 votes after count 96
SHP Counting Update quote from PNG Garamut News
In SHP PROGRESSIVE RESULTS

H. IALIBU PANGIA.. AFTER COUNT 31
1: Peter O’Neill- 13,510 votes PNC leader and PM

2: Stanley Liria- 2,444 votes

3: Sam Kari – 368 votes

4: Leonard Pagepea – 363 votes

5: Justin Rapula- 125 votes

6: Nepolin Rema- 53 votes…

In Chimbu as per Kundu 1 news this morning.
I. THE party candidate now opposition party candidate is taking a lead in Karimui Nomane open.

J. In Sinasina Yogogmul open opposition party member and leader for PNGNP Kerenga Kua is leading with 5000 plus votes.

With such results with various political parties and independents candidates taking leads in many electorate where PNC candidates are trailing lower in ladder there is no indication of a single party rigging election.

As citizens of this country let’s allow completion of election process and if we are not satisfied with results we go to the Courts for election petition.
With this good luck in election 2017.

Justine Tkatchenko to be declared on Absolute Majority!

Justine Tkatchenko to be declared on Absolute Majority
The voters have Moresby South have decided to return their sitting MP Justine Tkatchenko back to Parliament.
As of 4:30am this morning, the last box 96 in Moresby South has been counted.
After the final Count 96, Justine Tkatchenko polled 19,926.
The Absolute Majority to Win on the First Count is 18,734.
Final checks are now underway and Justine Tkatchenko will be the first MP to have won on Absolute Majority for 2017 National Election.
Justine Tkatchenko is a PNC candidate and brings their numbers to be 2 declared MP so far

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