2 Apr 2013

Bougainville's autonomy arrangements review will seek the public views

6:53 pm on 2 April 2013

A review of the autonomy arrangements in Papua New Guinea's Bougainville is expected to garner views from across the province.

The review team includes representatives from the ABG, the national Government and academics.

One member, Wollongong University political scientist, Professor Ted Wolfers, says the need for a review is laid out within the Bougainville Peace Agreement, because such an arrangement hadn't been made before.

Professor Wolfers says the process has two main requirements - to see how well the arrangements are working and to lay the groundwork for the referendum on possible independence, due some time after 2015.

He says some members of the review team will be on the ground to assess people's concerns.

"Many of the questions are about how you are addressing the transfers functions and powers, is there enough funding and so on, but there may well be issues on the ground, in the law and order area, or the development area, which require more local engagement or at least more local input into the process."

Professor Ted Wolfers.