Australia should come clean on intentions behind Paladin contract

Former Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta said today the Australian Government should come clean on the intentions underlying its $423-million contract with the Paladin group on Manus Island. “It looks to me and other Papua New Guineans that it is being used as a way to peddle influence through prominent Papua New Guineans and the ruling PNC party of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill,” he said. “I find that very disturbing at a time when there is likely to be a vote of no confidence in the notorious O’Neill regime, when Australia is engaged in a battle of diplomacy with China, when it wants to rebuild and expand PNG’s Lombrum Naval Base, and when it wants to keep Manus open for it


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