Papua New Guinea enters its 2017 national election at the back of one of the most contentious periods of its democracy. Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s reign began unexpectedly in August 2011 after the then Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare was ousted by the PNG parliament following his long absence from the country due to illness.
Samoa is in the process of amending its Constitution to declare itself as a Christian country. Bal Kama examines the consequences of this blurring of church and state.
The Papua New Guinea national elections, due in June this year, promise to be momentous. Like many democracies, the people have always looked forward to the opportunity of choosing their political leaders through a process of free and fair elections.
A letter to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill on the morning of 16 June 2014 started off what would become the most controversial anti-corruption story in the history of Papua New Guinea.
In less than 24 hours, Papua New Guineans will know the fate of Prime Minister Peter O’Neill when the national parliament sits for a vote of no-confidence. Bal Kama explores the three possible scenarios.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill reminded Papua New Guineans in his New Year’s address that PNG ‘is a place of great opportunity, that also carries with it great responsibility’ writes ANU Law PhD student Bal Kama.
Reports about the transfer of three employees from the Manus Island detention centre back to Australia, after allegedly being involved in a rape and drug abuse incident raise serious questions about Australia’s commitment to the rule of law.