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December 7, 2021
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Bougainville Mine Law

The National Government has been requested to intervene to prevent possible insurgencies on Bougainville.

Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill has been notified to stop the Autonomous Bougainville Government from entertaining foreign legal advice on the Panguna issue.

 

Member for Central Bougainville and Minister for Information and Communication, Jimmy Miringtoro, has also notified Foreign Affairs and the Attorney General.

 

A member of the National parliament is concerned at the way the Panguna issue is being handled and wants immediate intervention from the National Government.

 

Central Bougainville member, Jimmy Miringtoro is questioning why the Autonomous Bougainville Government is engaging foreign legal consultants to draft the mining legislation when this can be done by nationals.

 

Minister Miringintoro says there was no open dialogue and consultations with the landowners. Miringtoro is accusing the ABG government for working in isolation; he said Bougainvilleans need be made aware of what will be happening if the mine resumes.

 

He said Bougainville is on its way to referendum however, the National government is still an integral part. The Minister said people have been misled by the new mining legislations that are being drafted.

 

He said Panguna and other mines in Bougainville must not open unless laws are made to protect resource owners’ rights and proper benefiting sharing are in place, and that issues relating to mining are resolved.

 

It is understood that mining laws for Bougainville are expected to be introduced and passed by the Bougainville House of Representative during the October and Novembers sessions.

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