O’Neill gives away billions of kina through huge Papua LNG concessions

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, said today that huge tax concessions granted to the Papua LNG joint venture partners are a betrayal of the national interest, resource owners and national businesses. “Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and his cronies, working in secret with the developers, have given away billions of kina that should have accrued to Consolidated Revenue over the minimum 25-year life of the project,” he said. “His deal, after shutting out the State Negotiating Team and the Department of Petroleum, is likely to cost the nation dearly, according to reports on the project. “The concessions are contained in the Papua LNG Gas Agreement, which Mr O’Neill approved e

PM must come clean on Papua LNG

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, today questioned the legitimacy of the Gas Agreement the O’Neill Government has signed with the Papua LNG partners, saying the Prime Minister and his cronies have hijacked the approval process and put State and landowner interests at risk. “I have seen evidence from a variety of sources that suggests we are heading for a repeat of the PNG LNG model which has brought few benefits to the state and landowners,” he said. “Peter O’Neill has shut out the State Negotiating Team and gone with a Gas Agreement that is largely the work of Total, ExxonMobil and Oil Search. “The Department of Petroleum and other Papua New Guinean experts have been si

O’Neill’s lies show he still wants to get his tentacles on LTF $1.4 billion

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, said today that Peter O’Neill’s statement that BHP Billiton and I created PNGSDP as a private company with four shareholders, one of whom is me, is a deliberate lie manufactured by a man desperately trying to repair his public face following the comprehensive win by PNGSDP in the Singapore Supreme Court. “Peter O’Neill also lied to the Singapore Court, through the State’s affidavit, saying he had a document giving the State the power to control PNGSDP,” Sir Mekere said. “He failed to produce the document as evidence to the Court, and the court decision exposed him as the liar he is. “Why did he not produce such a document? Because no suc

Sir Mekere questions ‘highly unusual’ Manus contracts

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, says an official Australian inquiry into the granting of Government contracts relating to the Manus Detention Centre should consider the possibility of official corruption involving senior PNG politicians and bureaucrats. The inquiry, being conducted by the Auditor-General, Mr Grant Hehir, will cover all aspects of contracts for Manus and Nauru and will report in 2020. Sir Mekere said anecdotal evidence suggests that Australian taxpayers’ funds may have been secretly used as slush funds to prop up the Prime Ministership of Mr Peter O’Neill. “It seems clear that the PNG Government put pressure on the Australian Government and the Departme

Sir Mekere welcomes PM’s humiliating court defeat over PNGSDP

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, today welcomed the decision of the Singapore High Court in favor of PNG Sustainable Development Program Ltd against the State of Papua New Guinea. Sir Mekere said he was commenting as an individual, not on behalf of PNGSDP or its board. “It is a comprehensive victory for PNGSDP and for the people of Western Province,” said Sir Mekere, who was formerly the chairman of the company and led the defence against Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s attempt to take state control of PNGSDP. “It is a humiliating defeat for Mr O’Neill, and an expensive exercise in futility by him. “It is time he stopped lamenting his defeat and turned his attention to s

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