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Australia supports women leaders in the Pacific
Written by Tangata Vainerere   
Tuesday, 03 June 2008

PAC – AUSAID: PACNEWS                                              PACNEWS 2: Tues 03 June 2008 
 

Australia supports women leaders in the Pacific  

03 JUNE 2008 CANBERRA (Pacnews) ------ Australia will work with Pacific Governments and the United Nations to strengthen women's leadership in the region.

 

Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance, Bob McMullan, said women are significantly under-represented in decision-making positions in the Pacific.

 

“An average 2.5 per cent of members of parliaments in the Pacific region are women, compared with a world average of 17.7 per cent,” said Mr McMullan.

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 June 2008 )
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Bid to oust President Kabui
Written by Tangata Vainerere   
Tuesday, 03 June 2008
BOUG – PRESIDENT: P/COURIER                                          PACNEWS 2: Tues 03 June 2008  

 

Bid to oust President Kabui

03 JUNE 2008 BUKA (Pacnews) ---- President Joseph Kabui’s hold on power in the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) looks to be in jeopardy, reports Post Courier. His presidency may be challenged after votes in the ABG House of Representative to overthrow the Government’s three major projects recently entered into – the newly established and controversial Bogenvil Resources Development Corporation (AROB) Ltd (BRDC), the smelter assay lab and Invincible’s K20 million (US$7.5 million) Capacity Trust Deed – next Tuesday when parliament sits.

Yesterday, indications from the ABG House of Representative were there was an absolute two thirds majority (29 members of the 40) of the members were in favour of overthrowing the three controversial major projects President Kabui has got himself tangled up with.

In addition to the mishap, there are about 10 petitions from all over the region, including the business houses, civil society groups, schools and individuals, asking for Mr Kabui to resign from his position over the “Invincible scandal”.

The Post-Courier has copies of at least three petitions.

A chief from Central Bougainville also called the Post-Courier last week claiming Mr Kabui erred in his sacking of woman minister Magdalene Toroansi under the Bougainville Constitution and said he had insulted the intelligence of the people of Central Bougainville, later demanding an explanation and reasons for the sacking.

Two ministers and six MPs spoken to yesterday alluded that come 10 June, the parliament “will be on fire” meaning there will be a lot of explanations to make, including the motion to throw out the 2006 K20 million Capacity Trust Deed, the smelter assay lab in Arawa and BRDC.

But yesterday, Mr Kabui, who is in Manus for the governor’s conference, maintained the ABG and its cabinet had not breached the Bougainville constitution, nor erred in its decision and that the BRDC and Invincible deal remained the best answers for Bougainville…. PNS (ENDS) 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 June 2008 )
 
Lawmaker gets suspended sentence
Written by Tangata Vainerere   
Tuesday, 03 June 2008

BOUGAINVILLE LAWMAKER GETS SUSPENDED SENTENCE
Convicted of sexual harassment

By Augustine Kinna

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, June 2, 2008) – Member for Tsitalato constituency in the Bougainville House of Representatives Hilary Larish was convicted and sentenced to five-year imprisonment for sexual harassment.

The sentence, however, was suspended and Larish was placed on good behaviour bond for a year.

Larish, 60, from Malansang village in Buka, was charged after a woman complained that he sexually harassed her.

The court heard that Jocelyn Holanie, of Lonahan village, had gone to the office of the accused to seek help in obtaining money for school fees.

While the two were in the office discussing her problem, Larish made sexual advances at her and touched parts of her body.

The woman complained to police and Larish was arrested.

He appeared before the National Court in Buka last week and pleaded guilty to touching the woman and sexually harassing her.

Larish was given a five-year sentence which was suspended, on condition that he pays the woman K1,000 [US$385.37] in compensation within a month and be placed on good behaviour bond for a year.

He expressed remorse for his action, saying what he did was improper considering the position he holds.

Source: The National: www.thenational.com.pg/

Copyright © 2006 The National Online. All Rights Reserved

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 June 2008 )
 
March against corruption in PNG
Written by Tangata Vainerere   
Tuesday, 03 June 2008

HUNDREDS MARCH AGAINST CORRUPTION IN PNG
Fund-raiser for Transparency International

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 1, 2008) – More than a-thousand people have demonstrated against corruption in the capital of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby.

Similar events were held across the country to raise money for the corruption watchdog Transparency International PNG.

PNG’s Governor-Genera,l Paulias Matane, led the walk that called for a cultural shift to end endemic corruption that effects all facets of PNG life.

Opposition politicians, a Catholic Archbishop and representatives from the United Nations and the Australian High Commission also took part.

Last year, Transparency ranked PNG 162 out of the 180 nations surveyed on its corruption perception index.

Source: Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com
Copyright © 2006 RNZI. All Rights Reserved

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 June 2008 )
 
Parliamentary Meetings to convene in Honiara
Written by Tangata Vainerere   
Monday, 02 June 2008

The Speaker of the National Parliament of the Solomon Islands, Rt. Honourable Sir Peter Kenilorea has formally issued an invitation to 17 Pacific countries including Australia and New Zealand to meet in Honiara from 28 July to 1 August.

 

He personally made the offer at the last FPOCC meeting in Cook Islands in May 2007 for the Solomon Islands Parliament to host the next FPOCC meeting and has invited the 17 countries to the 7th meeting of FPOCC and the 2008 meeting of the Pacific Parliamentary Assembly on Population and Development (PPAPD) which will be held back to back during the week of 28th July to 1st August 2008 in Honiara. 

 

The Parliament and Government of Solomon Islands is hosting the back to back meetings in close collaboration with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat [PIFS]; Secretariat of the Pacific Community [SPC]; United Nations Development Fund [UNDP] – Pacific Centre; United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA] and the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD).

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 June 2008 )
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PPAPD-FPOCC Meetings 2008
Written by Tangata Vainerere   
Thursday, 29 May 2008

 

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT 

The National Parliament of the Solomon Islands  

Dear Speaker, 

Greetings from the National Parliament of Solomon Islands. 

Pursuant to my offer made at the last FPOCC meeting in Cook Islands in May 2007 for Solomon Islands Parliament to host the next FPOCC meeting, I have much pleasure in inviting you to the 7th meeting of FPOCC and the 2008 meeting of the Pacific Parliamentary Assembly on Population and Development (PPAPD) which will be held back to back during the week of 28th July to 1st August 2008 in Honiara. 

The Parliament and Government of Solomon Islands is hosting the back to back meetings in close collaboration with the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat [PIFS]; Secretariat of the Pacific Community [SPC]; United Nations Development Fund [UNDP] – Pacific Centre; United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA] and the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD). 

The Joint PPAPD-FPOCC Secretariat currently hosted by SPC and UNFPA is working closely with my team here at the National Parliament of Solomon Islands and they will shortly be sending to you the details about the meetings including the meeting announcement which contains all the information relating to the meetings. Mr Tangata Vainerere, Coordinator of the PPAPD-FPOCC Secretariat at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in New Caledonia (Tel: +687 26.01.78, Fax: +687 26.38.18, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and Mr Calvin Ziru, Chairperson of the Organising Committee for the PPAPD-FPOCC Conferences 2008, National Parliament of Solomon Islands, (Tel: +677 28520/ 23424, Fax: +677 24272/ 23080, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) are taking care of the overall organization of the meetings so if you have any queries on the meeting arrangements please feel free to contact them directly. 

In order to be able to send you the agenda and other meeting documents in due time, we would be grateful to receive confirmation of the names of your delegates to the meeting by Friday 13 June at the latest. Please note that nominations should be sent to Ms Adelle Khan, Project Assistant, PPAPD-FPOCC Secretariat, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Suva, Fiji Islands, Fax : +679 338580 or 3370021, Email : This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

This year’s meetings are historic. For the first time we bring together two organizations that involve Parliamentarians, FPOCC and PPAPD. Both bodies involve the same core members – the Honourable Speakers of Parliaments. Collectively the respective goals and objectives of both bodies complement and broaden the potential scope of knowledge and contributions by all Parliamentarians to the broader population and human development agenda. 

As part of the rationalization process emanating from the decisions taken by Pacific Islands Forum Leaders expressed through the Pacific Plan a decision was taken to establish a joint secretariat that would serve both bodies. This process was simplified by the fact that PPAPD already has an established Secretariat arrangement which could be strengthened to provide a more dedicated support to FPOCC. 

The Secretariat has already gone as far as securing resources to support a roll-out of PPAPD work plan for Parliamentarians and they are looking forward to the outcomes of this year’s FPOCC meeting to guide the development of a FPOCC work-plan. 

It is my hope as host for this year’s meetings that we assist the joint Secretariat with clarity of purpose and directions so that it can better support our work in our respective countries. 

I look forward to welcoming you and your delegation in person when you come to Honiara in a few weeks. 

We attach to this letter the first announcement of the meeting. 

May God bless you. 

I remain 

Yours Faithfuly  

 

  • Rt. Honourable Sir Peter Kenilorea
  • Speaker
  • National Parliament of Solomon Islands
  • Vice Chair of PPAPD Representing Melanesia Sub-Region
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