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THE SHADOW HUNTER: The Tale of a young CEO

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byTherow Zuaru Once there was a young executive working for a company. After years of serving under the company, he finally got appointed as the 8th chief executive officer of the company. During the inauguration, his adrenaline was so nerve wrecking, because after 17 years he was finally bestowed to that position. But he failed to throw in an official excutive board meeting to acknowledge the stakeholders, boards and international partners who has been playing a pivotal roles for company's 44 years of existence. Instead he became obsessed, turn ballistic on them and pledged rhetoric political chit-chats against them; ▪️ Accused the previous CEO to be the sole person responsible for the company's huge accumulated financial debt of K27 billion. ▪️Demand Australia immediate closure of Manus detention camp. Pledge that security contract is for locals and not foreign companies. Set up Manus as tax free haven. ▪️Put foreign companies on notice, pledging to change laws in the resources…

Is Minister Tkatchenko paying taxes? Evidence he's not for 15 years.

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by MICHAEL PASSINGAN - PNG BLOGS EXCLUSIVE
Astonishing tax evasion and fraud allegations are being raised against APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko that he has been cheating the PNG public over the last 15 years.

Publicly accessible Tax Office documents reveal Tkatchenko has failed to pay both company and personal tax in fifteen years. Worse, he appears to have taken K670,000 of another company’s tax credits for his personal gain.

Police investigations are now underway, with suggestions that this could be part of a much larger web of organised tax credit theft.

Tkatchenko is no stranger to fraud allegations. In 1999, an independent investigation into NCDC led to criminal charges being laid on Tkatchenko, but the case was dismissed before going to trial, a move that was heavily criticised by the National Court.

Allegations only grew more serious over time, all with a common outcome for the people of PNG – absolutely nothing. Most recently in 2015, his company ‘PNG Gardener’ was questiona…

A DESPERATE TURNBULL STANDS BY A WEAK DESPOT

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by PETER J RICKETS

April is proving to be the most disastrous month in the history of Australia’s relationship with Papua New Guinea, with yet another crisis in Malcolm Turnbull’s concentration camp on Manus Island, to the north of the PNG mainland. At a time when the West is struggling to win the hearts and minds of Papua New Guinea in the face of a concerted Chinese diplomatic effort to do the same, Manus has once again blown up in Australia’s face.
This week’s riot during which PNG Defence Force personnel fired approximately 100 rounds from military weapons into the refugee compound has created even more animosity towards Turnbull’s Australia. The compound is supposed to be officially closed, but still houses hundreds of refugees, with Turnbull and his Immigration Minister washing their hands of any responsibility for it and its occupants. Infuriated by the continuing Turnbull-Dutton deceptions and their attempts to slither away from Australia’s responsibilities, Papua New Guineans …

CASH AID OR PROGRAM AID –A DELICATE BALANCE

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by SAM KOIM

At the 25th Papua New Guinea–Australia Ministerial Forum held recently in Madang, the Government of Papua New Guinea (GoPNG) surprised the Australian Government Ministers in attendance by requesting the Australian Government to take a paradigm shift from its program and project based aid to direct budgetary support as was during early days of PNG’s statehood. Two reasons publicly given by the GoPNG for the request are that firstly, it is claimed that the Australian aid programs are running parallel to the GoPNG development agendas and secondly, it is perceived that a lot of middlemen are chewing up most of the funds that could otherwise be spent on tangible projects. It is understood such requests were made previously and Australia rejected it, but this time, the Australian Government had undertaken to consider it in an upcoming review on aid to PNG.

Although the GoPNG denies the request is driven by the cash flow crises the country is facing, it is an open secret that the…

Australia’s protection visa abused by PNG opportunists

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by JANE M TAPIA

This is a call to all Papua New Guinea women looking to live in Australia. Yes, there is such an opportunity. It will be funded by Australian taxpayers and you will get the opportunity of a life time.
Firstly though, you should consider coming to Australia on a tourist or student visa. After you enter Australia, it doesn’t matter what kind of story you can put together. Make it so convincing that your life will be in danger and you will be prosecuted in PNG. If you have medical reports, photographs of yourself and police statements, that will be much easier. Download reports and statistics of the rates of violence against women in PNG and add that to your application for protection. It adds weight to your claims. Even if you don’t have any experience, you can always try. It has worked and many PNG women are now living the life in Australia all because of false protection claims.

The Australian government knows PNG has very high rates of domestic violence and women are tr…

IS AUSTRALIA BENDING BACKWARDS TO ACCOMMODATE PNG’S MOST CORRUPT GOVERNMENT?

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by PETER WARINE

Australia’s nearest neighour and only colony, Papua New Guinea, is on the brink of economic collapse due to grand corruption and mismanagement of the O’Neill Government. The Public coffers have run dry early last year (2015) and PNG has there seems not much left to keep its head above the water. 

PNGs economic outlook is bleak. International Rating Agencies have all downgraded PNG to negative gradings. The O’Neill Government conducted roadshows around the world to secure some more loans to ease the cash flow and foreign reserve shortages but to no avail. Even treasury bonds were used to attract investors but were seen as mere toilet papers. 

The economic crises has escalated and literally, there is no money to pay the public servants salary –something that O’Neill wants covered all the time as a measure of control public dissent. Whilst trouble is brewing on the island of paradise, life is as usual downunder. Australia has never raised any form of mild disapproval on th…

PETER O'NEILL'S REAL DEBT

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by MICHAEL JOSEPH PASSINGAN
No believes what comes out of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s mouth any more.
New research has discovered that everything he said on the National Public Debt crisis of Papua New Guinea are all lies.
It can be easily demonstrated that the national debt is much higher than the false numbers given by PM O’Neill.
That brings bad news for the struggling people of Papua New Guinea, like Public Servants who are not being paid because the nation is bankrupt.
Spending on essential services such as health, education, law and order, and transport will have to be cut even more.
Mr O’Neill and his conmen are still getting fat on all the money they have stolen and sent to Australia, but the quality of life for the all other citizens is falling faster and faster.
HERE IS WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING
For 2015 the annual repayment of official debt of K17.8 billion was K1.5 billion, it says in the O’Neill regime’s own Budget papers.
Grade 10 arithmetic tells us that is an interest rate o…

Some criticisms of the Australian Banking System, and Government

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byMICHAEL J PASSINGAN
Recent attempts to transfer money from Papua New Guinea to Australia highlight growing concerns about money-laundering between the two countries. The Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, transferred K200 million to Australia late last year, and shortly afterwards one of his special lady friends, Ni Cragnolini, transferred K50 million. Some years before more than K100 million of public funds was washed through the Commonwealth Bank in Lismore, NSW, in a self-evidently illegal transaction. The Australian authorities refused to take action on this transfer when requested to do so by PNG. Indeed, the then Australian Treasurer, Wayne Swan, did not even bother to reply to requests for action. It is not known whether AUSTRAC, Australia’s money-laundering watchdog, stopped the latest transfers, or whether it even knew about them. It is not known whether the PNG and Australian banks involved reported the transactions as possibly suspicious. The chances are that the answer is no on all…

WHY PETER O'NIELL SHOULD BE WORRIED ABOUT MALCOLM TURNBULL

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by GREG POYA

Peter O'Niell should be worried about Australia's new Prime Minister, Mr Malcolm Turnbull.

Papua New Guinea's prime minister has signalled a partial back-down from recent comments that Australian consultants and advisers would be expelled from PNG by the end of the year.

Peter O'Neill announced in July that his government would remove all foreign advisors and consultants from government departments because their presence was making locals lazy.

There were also suggestions that the foreign, mainly Australian, advisers, were spying on his government.
Mr O'Neill now says he prefers a change to contract officers who can be accountable to his government.
He told AAP that his government is not that silly to displace families overnight, and that nobody is being thrown out on the street.

Mr O'Neill says he wants to ensure people assigned to PNG show loyalty to the government and to service.
Australia has 34 public servants on secondment to the PNG …