Former Prime Minister and Member for Moresby North-West Sir Mekere Morauta said today that at last some members of the PNC Government have admitted that the Papua New Guinea economy is in difficulty.
 

Sir Mekere referred to the media statement by Deputy Prime Minister and Caretaker Treasurer Charles Abel, who said that the focus of the government in its first 100 Days would be on “economic recover...

Former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta today thanked the voters of Moresby North-West for electing him as their representative in the national Parliament.

He said he was pleasantly surprised that the extent and depth of the support base he had enjoyed between 1997 and 2012 was still very much intact.  He was especially delighted by the support he received this time from new young voters.

“I want t...

Former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta said today the circumstances surrounding the declaration of the Hela Provincial seat to the PNC candidate seemed highly suspicious.

He said it clearly demonstrated the extent of rigging and manipulation of the election.

“It would seem that Francis Potape was robbed of victory,” he said.

“I have received reports from independent parties present in the counting...

Former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta today urged all newly-elected independent Members of Parliament to join the Independent Team or friendly parties in Opposition, but not PNC.

“Peter O’Neill and PNC have tried every possible trick to rig the election,” he said. “Despite this, Opposition candidates have made strong gains – witness the sweep Pangu is making in Morobe, while other Opposition par...

Former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta said today that the resignation of the Election Advisory Committee sent a loud and clear signal that the conduct of the election had been highjacked by Peter O’Neill, Isaac Lupari, the Electoral Commissioner, ably assisted by the Police Commissioner, the Defence Force Commander and the Secretary for Finance.

Sir Mekere said that the resignation of the EAC wa...

Former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta today called for a more rational and constructive debate about national issues in the lead-up to the election.

“The election result will determine the future of the nation,” he said.

“It is important that voters are well informed about the issues that are critical to the nation through informed, open public debate.

 “It is also important to ensure that the con...

Today I wish to express my concern about recent reporting by the National and Post-Courier of events and issues involving me as a private citizen, and the lack of transparency and accountability of both organisations.

I recently wrote to the editors of both newspapers asking for an explanation of their reporting, which I regard as unethical, malicious, defamatory and knowingly untruthful.

I also ask...

I have joined with my fellow Prime Ministers Sir Michael Somare and Sir Julius Chan, with a message of support from former PM Paias Wingti, to call on Peter O’Neill to resign immediately and submit himself to the due processes of the law.

He should do this before Parliament sits on Friday to vote on a motion of no confidence.

If Mr O’Neill does not resign, we call on all Members of Parliament to put...

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s misleading claims about GDP growth are a smoke-screen to hide the true state of the economy and public finances and his mismanagement of them.

When he boasts about 9 percent annual GDP growth, he is both wrong and misleading.

Papua New Guinea’s annual GDP growth is not 9 percent per annum, as he says. Nor is GDP growth alone the answer to our problems, as he imagines.

P...

Papua New Guinea can no longer afford Peter O’Neill’s raids on public institutions to keep himself in the Prime Minister’s chair.

“The cupboard is bare, and everyone knows it,” former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta said today.

“The Prime Minister is a serial raider, but there is nothing left to raid. He has nowhere to go except  overseas and borrow at high interest rates.”

“Mr O’Neill’s history is...

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