16 Mar 2017

PNG Govt called to take responsibility over SABLs

From , 6:04 am on 16 March 2017

A civil society group in Papua New Guinea says the buck stops with the prime minister and he must act to cancel SABL leases.

The government ruled in June of 2014 that the Special Agricultural Business Leases were illegal but Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, continues to blame officials at the Lands Department for failing to carry through their cancellation.

The program manager of Act Now, Effrey Dademo, says unless people are made accountable, nothing will change, and the suffering of people in the SABL areas will continue.

She told Don Wiseman the government has to take responsibility.

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill gives a talk at the Lowy Institute in Sydney on May 14, 2015

The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill. Photo: AFP / Peter Parks