Ronald May is an emeritus fellow of the Australian National University, attached to the Department of Pacific Affairs. He was formerly director of what is now the National Research Institute of Papua New Guinea and has written extensively on PNG.
On 9 August, with the date for the extension of writs having been extended by a week but still only 99 of the 118 seats declared in country’s recent national election, Papua New Guinea’s National Parliament met to elect a prime minister. Continue reading »
On 4 July voting started in Papua New Guinea’s tenth election for the National Parliament. A new record of around 3500 candidates (releases from the Electoral Commission have given differing figures) will contest the parliament’s 118 seats, seven of which were created by a revision of electoral boundaries earlier in the year. Continue reading »
With the death of Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare – the man who led Papua New Guinea to independence in 1975 and became Papua New Guinea’s longest-serving member of parliament – the Pacific has lost one of its most prominent and respected leaders. Continue reading »
The Marape government’s approach to foreign investment – and to governance generally – marks a significant, and welcome, shift away from the sometimes dubious deal-making that marked his predecessor’s approach. Continue reading »