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Crime in Port Moresby: experiences of a foreigner

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea’s capital, has a reputation for crime and violence. The Economist Intelligence Unit regularly rates the city as one of the least liveable in the world.  Yet, my experiences of Port Moresby, while not free of conflict, have led me to believe that international...

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PNG politics goes to the courts

Three court cases will decide when parliament will next meet, and perhaps who is the next prime minister of Papua New Guinea (PNG). In this article, I will briefly provide the background of each case, and their implications. Validity of James Marape’s election as PM As Peter O’Neill’s 18-month...

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PNG budget: pluses and minuses

Papua New Guinea’s 2021 National Budget was passed in the parliament on 17 November under unusual circumstances. The traditional pre-budget lockup for media and economists was cancelled, and no opposition was present. Parliament was reconvened quickly by the Speaker following a defection of...