May 31, 2016

Former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta said today the National Parliament is in danger of becoming a rubber stamp for the decisions taken by the Prime Minister, surrounded by a small group of unelected advisers, high-priced foreign consultants and vested interests.


“In recent years the Office of the Prime Minister and those who influence it have come to dominate the structures and processes of d...

May 27, 2016

The Prime Minister and his advisers must accept the incontrovertible evidence that Papua New Guinea is in the midst of an extensive and deepening economic and financial crisis, former Prime Minister Mekere Morauta said today.


“Only by the Prime Minister acknowledging the nature and scale of the problem, and sharing it with Papua New Guineans, can we find solutions to fight the problem, hand in han...

May 1, 2016

“Prime Minister Peter O’Neill should allow the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption Directorate to take up his challenge to find whether there is evidence or not that he benefitted financially from the Paraka scandal,” former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta said today.


“He should also allow them to continue their wider investigation into all aspects of the case, and he should assist their enquirie...

April 21, 2016


Former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta said today the O’Neill Government’s proposed $US300 million (K1 billion) International Finance Corporation borrowing was a smoke-screen and would do little to solve the country’s economic and financial problems.


“I am surprised that the IFC would even consider such a loan,” he said.


“The Prime Minister cannot borrow his way out of the problems he has creat...

April 5, 2016

Former Prime Minister Mekere Morauta said today that the Supreme Court decision opening the way for the arrest of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Finance Minister James Marape was a victory for due process.


In a unanimous decision Justices Hartshorn, Makail and Sawong rejected an appeal by O’Neill, Marape and others against orders allowing the arrest and questioning of the pair by police and Task...

March 30, 2016

Former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta today urged Papua New Guineans to speak out on the importance of protecting institutions of state from improper influence, intimidation and harassment and financial and procedural abuse.


“We have a small band of leaders so terrified of the consequences of their actions that they will do anything to save themselves,” he said.


“No institution is safe from med...

January 13, 2016

Sir Mekere Morauta has begun legal proceedings, in the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea, seeking to have the Ok Tedi Tenth Supplemental Agreement Act 2013 declared unconstitutional and invalid.


This is the Act through which the State expropriated PNG Sustainable Development Program Ltd’s 63.4 percent shareholding in the Ok Tedi mine, and purports to give the State the right to restructure the com...

December 6, 2015

Former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta today urged the National and Fly River Provincial Governments to make available the K40 million promised to fight the tuberculosis crisis in Western, Gulf and Central provinces.


“The money is needed right now if the National Health Department, Provincial Health, NGOs and aid agencies are to halt the spread of TB, treat those who have it, and stop the crisis...

November 4, 2015

The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea has once again singled me out for attack for expressing a view on current national issues.


My assessment and analysis of the severe economic and financial difficulties facing the nation and the adjustments that need to be taken are entirely my own. My statements were made to promote public discussion and were published at my personal expense.


Every citizen ha...

October 29, 2015

Papua New Guinea needs to take urgent action to save itself from a looming economic and financial storm, former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta said today.


Sir Mekere, an economist and former head of Treasury, the Bank of Papua New Guinea and other institutions, said the nation cannot continue on its present course.


“The Prime Minister has had plenty of warning from his own expert advisers in Tr...

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