Prime Minister Peter O'Neill

Govt toughens up on illegal use of firearms

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has announced that the National Executive Council has formally endorsed amendments to the Firearms Act that will increase penalties for offenders, and will work with the Government's commitment to modernise the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

In making the announcement, the Prime Minister said there is no excuse for the illegal use of firearms, so criminals caught with weapons will be sentenced to long periods in jail and pay a significant amount of money in fines.

PM’s arrest warrant quashed

A three-man Supreme Court bench today unanimously found the warrant defective and the District Court's decision to issue it as well.

The court found that lack of care was applied by the District Court in issuing the warrant.

There was no information put on the form to get a warrant. The date on which the information was laid was blank. Even the word 'Independent' was spelt wrong on the form.

The court further found that the wrong form was used in applying for the warrant.

O'Neill arrives in Vietnam for APEC Summit 2017

The PM was escorted from Da Nang International airport under heavy security to Novotel airport.

His first official engagement will be on November 10th, when he chairs a session with the 21 APEC leaders.

O’Neill will also have meetings with US President, Donald Trump, China and other leaders.

The Vietnamese President and chair of the APEC Summit 2017, Tran Dai Quang, will officially hand over the chair to O'Neill on Friday.

PNG will host the APEC Summit in 2018.

VIDEO: Sabama supports PM

Despite continuous criticisms, he said his government has delivered and transformed Papua New Guinea, and hosted some international events like never before.

Mr O'Neill said his government will continue to develop the country including fulfilling the promise to host APEC Summit in 2018.

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Spirit of service and sacrifice must remain with young

O’Neill said this during the Dawn Service commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the ANZAC Day.

Many young people from Australia, New Zealand, and PNG were present during the commemoration and the Prime Minister welcomed them to pay their respects.

“The spirit of service and the commemoration of sacrifice must live with our young generation. Young Papua new Guineas, young Australians, New Zealanders, British, the American, Japanese and all other nations must learn from the lessons of war,” he said.

O’Neill meets Cosgrove

O’Neill and Cosgrove met at the Airways Hotel for a brief discussion to end day one of the Governor-Generals tour.

The meeting at Airways was attended by Minister for Sports, Special Events and APEC, Justin Tkatchenko, Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Bruce Davies, Foreign Affairs Secretary, William Dihm, and members of Cosgrove’s delegation.

Day two of Sir Peters tour will begin with the Dawn Service at the Bomana War Cemetery.

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Prime Minister nominates in Pangia

A huge crowd turned out to witness this event with one council ward paying the Prime Minister’s nomination fee of K1,000.

He was accompanied by his son, Brian O’Neill, Finance Minister and Member for Tari Pori, James Marape, Health Minister and Member for Moresby North West Michael Malabag, Kagua-Erave MP, James Lagea, Nipa-Kutubu Mp, Jeffery Komal, Member for Mendi, De Kewanu and Member for Dei, Wesley Nukundj.

Supreme Court: OC has power to investigate PM

A five-man Supreme Court bench delivered its ruling on Thursday over the reference that was put to the high court for interpretation of 11 questions.

The 11 questions referred for interpretation was over the alleged improper borrowing of K3 billion from the Union Bank of Switzerland by the government to buy shares in Oil Search Ltd as well as the alleged improper tender and procurement of consultants in relation to the borrowing taken out by the government in 2013.

Supreme Court allows appeal on ITFS disbanding to be heard

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia on Wednesday afternoon ordered a stay against the National Court’s decision on Dec 2,2016 which dismissed the judicial review.

The review was filed by Sam Koim as Chairman of the Investigation Task Force Sweep team over its disbanding in 2014.

He filed an appeal on Jan 6, 2017 on 13 grounds against the decision of trial judge, Justice Collin Makail.

PM O’Neill calls to reinstate Dr John Niblett at Angau hospital

O’Neill said this should be done in the current absence of an oncologist at the Hospital.

He said this when responding to Lae MP, Loujaya Kouza, who asked on the status on the appointment of a new Oncologist following the resignation of Dr Nibletts successor.

Kouza said there was currently a back log of cancer patients awaiting treatment while a new appointment was yet t be made.

She also said Dr Niblett was yet to receive outstanding entitlements owed to him by the Government.