12 May 2014

Minister wants academic out of Bougainville

2:14 pm on 12 May 2014

A Papua New Guinea Cabinet Minister wants Australian academic Anthony Regan removed from Bougainville.

Mr Regan, who is a constitutional law expert from the Australian National University, has had a long association with the Autonomous Bougainville Government, most recently helping draw up new mining legislation.

But the Member for Central Bougainville in the national government and Communications Minister, Jimmy Miningtoro, says the promise of wider consultation over the legislation has not happened.

He says Bougainvilleans are often not properly informed on issues and in this case he says Mr Regan is to blame.

"You know in Bougainville, since the problems started, the people have not been briefed properly on many issues - things like referendum, things like weapons disposal, things like peace agreement. Now these are very important issues for Bougainville to be stabilised and people must understand all this."

Jimmy Minigtoro also alleges Mr Regan has links to Rio Tinto, the parent company of Bougainville Copper Ltd, which owns the shut down Panguna mine.