Category - PNG

Pacific and PNG

The unexpected political effect of PNG’s OLIPPAC

Papua New Guinea’s Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates (OLIPPAC) was designed to bring stability to PNG’s parliament and political parties. Since its introduction in 2001, major parts of the law have been ruled unconstitutional, and a number of academics have questioned...

Pacific and PNG

Will PNG really stop log exports in 2025? Part two

Prime Minister James Marape’s promise to stop all round log exports by 2025 is not an entirely new commitment. As I pointed out in my first blog, similar moves have been talked about since 1990, all unsuccessful. Recent patterns of round log exports must lead us to doubt whether the current...

Pacific and PNG

Will PNG really stop log exports in 2025? Part one

In his inaugural address to the new Papua New Guinea national parliament on 9 August 2022, Prime Minister James Marape promised, amongst other things, that his government was “committed to stopping all round log exports by 2025”. This was not exactly a new promise. Forests Minister Karl Stack...