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MILLIONAIRE MINISTER SELLS BRISBANE PROPERTY FOR K6 MILLION

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by MICHAEL PASSINGAN Justin Tkatchenko Minister for Housing and Member for Port Moresby South is listing his 2nd Brisbane property for a cool $2.8 Million dollars. This is one of many properties own by Justin Tkatchenko and his PNG wife. He also owned 15 Upper Brookfield Road property also in Brisbane which is a 8.5 acre property in Brisbane which he sold last year for $1.6 Million. In 2010 Justin Tkatchenko received over K3 million in payments from the National Capital District through his landscaping companies Kitoro No.33 and PNG Gardner. It is claimed these payments, were authorised by NCDC Governor Powes Parkop in breach of the Public Finance Management Act, the NCDC Act and the Organic Law on the Leadership Code. The payments, which were made for work on the NCDC Mini Park, Water Fountain, Waterslide and Zoo and Animal Farm, were made with no quotations provided and no public tendering process – breaching the fundamental principles of value for money, transparency, effective comp

KUA SET TO SCREW MARAPE AGAIN ON PAPUA LNG

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by JACK KEGALP The Petroleum Minister and entourage have been yet again off to Houston Texas for at tax payers expenses for another round to resuscitate a dead project in P’ynyang Gas Project. This is the same Minister who flew to Singapore with high profile delegates only to be told to turn back prior to negotiations They have failed on numerous occasions, including failing to close out Pasca Gas Agreement in August. Him and the PM made a big laughing stock when announcing terms of agreement prior to signing actual agreement and later detour on the floor of parliament citing confidentiality issues? come on minister, we are not MP’s of parliament that you can hide and foll easily with your little tricks, oil and gas industry is a small world! Not forgetting Papua LNG under this term of government, Petroleum Minister making amendments last year on Oil and Gas Act only to come back again this year to repeal it just to please ‘yes master’ in the disguise of Taking Back PNG. The same Minis

KOMATI'S THINK-TANK PLAY BOTH SIDE TO "FUND" SME BANK

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by JACK KEGALP Samson seems to be playing both sides of politics to further his own personal and political ambitions.  On the one hand, he is pushing the Marape/Basil Government to support his "crowdfunding" movement where he has been literally "begging" and even to some extent "forcing" various individuals and businesses houses to make pledges and contribute money upwards of K10,000 each towards this cause. On the other hand, he has been seen dining and getting drunk with former Prime Minister Peter O'Neill at various locations in Port Moresby. The most recent one was over the weekend at O'Neill's Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Port Moresby. Samson himself has his own political ambitions for the Western Highlands Regional Seat which he contested and lost to Paias Wingti in the 2017 elections, and which he is no doubt contesting again in 2022. This then begs the question of whether he is genuinely trying to do something good for Papua New Guine

Will Kramer finally arrest O'Neill before 2022?

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by : Lukas Koli Bryan Kramer, the current Justice Minister, and former Police Minister have to his disposal a Special Police Forensic Criminal Investigation Team (SPFCIT) which he had set up during his time as the Minister for Police. The WITCH-HUNT Team operates under the direct supervision of the Commissioner of Police, however, they don’t have an official operations office at the Police Headquarters. This WITCH-HUNT Team is used by Justice Minister to target high-profile political opponents’ supporters and bring charges against them. Take the example of Ms. Blacklock's arrest. We are told that Kramer called the WITCH-HUNT team himself when he saw Blacklock at Edge Café. Waited near the shops just to see that she was arrested and even on the Police Charge sheet, it was written that the Justice Minister is the COMPLAINANT!  The WITCH-HUNT Team looks for vulnerable opponents and women are such easy prey. They have targeted Ms. Tiffany Twivey, Ms. Imelda Agon, and Ms. Carolyn Blackl

Is the Government Spying on its people?

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Last December PNG Blogs ran an article of Kramer using his Mistress Alicia Sahib who works as the Head of BSP Support Services in Konedobu to potentially ‘SPY’ on Politicians accounts and check their potential income. The article made quiet a stir that most politicians starting to get cold-feet on Kramer being in the Government. https://www.pngblogs.com/2020/12/kramer-using-mistress-to-spy-on.html There were certain conditions attached to keeping Marape during the VoNC in December 2020 and one of them was for Marape to reel in Kramer and keep him under tab. Marape fearing Kramer would retaliate, moved Kramer to be Justice Minister to try silence him. However, moving Kramer to Justice Minister gave Kramer the power he needed to control both the Police and also the Judiciary by operating as a  Judge, Jury and Executioner role for all his political opponents and also hold the current Government MPs on ransom. Kramer has collected dirt on almost all members of Parliament in the current Gov

A LAW TO PROTECT THE INSECURE RATS

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  The National Parliament has passed amendments to the Public Services Management Act as follows; 1). Public Servants who wish to contest the National Elections must now resign twelve (12) months prior to the issuing of writs. 2). If they lose the Elections they can be employed back into Public Service after five (5) years through the normal selection and recruitment process. This amendment if passed will take effect from the 2022 General Election and General Elections thereafter. This law is reminiscent of the O'Neil years when parliament was used as a rubber stamp to pass strange, weird and unusual legislation legislation simply to perpetuate the hold onto power by power hungry politicians. We are now seeing this being repeated through his able student James Marape using the Minister for Public Service as a proxy to pass this law. While the requirement to resign 12 months prior may be a bit OK, I totally fail to understand the infringement of a person's constitutional right

HOW CAN AUSTRALIA PROVE IT’S FRIENDSHIP TO PNG?

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by  PAUL AMATIO This is a follow on to my thoughts shared yesterday on how Australia is perhaps not as true a friend as PNG thought it was. In this now, I would like to suggest how Australia can change the perception that many in PNG think of it. What Australia (and the West, especially the US by extension) can do is to put its aid directly into implementation government agencies and only have one or two people within those departments / agencies for monitoring and evaluation purposes only. For example, if PPNG wants to develop a primary school curriculum that is localised in content and teaching approach, then it should put its money into the development of the materials needed. Not in the content of the curriculum. We already have enough educators who are experts and experienced enough in curriculum development as it is. As I am more familiar with the police force, I shall use it as an example here and allow others to draw parallels with other organisations. If the police force needs

THE FALSE PROMISE OF EDUCATION

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BY LUPAN BAGAT State sponsored Formal education and training. Many of our people are being fooled into thinking that by sending their children to school, there is a bright future awaiting them. That is far from truth and reality in this country. Parents are also being fooled into thinking that they are getting government services when new schools are built. That is not a sign of true development. The stupidity of the free education policy for primary and secondary schools is also just that – plain and sheer stupidity. It does not do anything at all for our education quality nor sustainability levels. What people must realise is that any politician who is paying for your child’s education is indirectly buying your vote. We all would be better off if we insisted on such assistance to schools to come in the form of better libraries, science labs, textbooks and teaching aids as well as learning materials. Personally I feel that a reversion to the old system of NATSCHOL would be much better

DON POLYE DESERVES THE PNG FLAG BEHIND HIM

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by PAUL AMATIO Let me make it clear here that I have no idea who Don Polye is apart from what I have seen and heard of him from the media and people. Nor am I affiliated to his party (or any other for that matter). But there are only a very, very few politicians I can say I admire (with their faults and all) and Don Polye is one of those few. This write up is based on one reason only and that is the current Commission of Inquiry into the UBS Loan saga. Everyone will agree that that was one particularly bad and shitty decision made by the then O'Neil government and it has hurt the country pretty badly. Yes people can talk about infrastructure and development. But does infrastructure really equate to development? Of course it does if it benefits the majority or is strategic in nature. The highlands highway rehabilitation is one such but then again the cost of this has been estimated by many experts as being too much and work is to slow. But this was badly needed and maybe it was a co