Opposition Queries Amended Mining Bill
The introduction of an amended mining bill as stated yesterday in Parliament by Mining Minister Johnson Tuke was questioned by the opposition.
Mr Tuke was making his response to questions put forward to him by the Rabaul Member of Parliament Dr Allan Marat when announcing that a new bill will be introduced. “I want to inform Papua New Guinea that we will introduce a new mining bill,” he said.
“There are plenty concerns raised in our country that we are landowners and yet we are not rich. “This uncertainty or mentality that we do not participate, will be lessened, as this new mining bill will help us.”
Mr Tuke said this bill will be the amended bill relating to Mining Act 1992. “Mining Act 1992 came about due to certain emotions at BCL (Bougainville Copper Limited). “I know plenty of you members of parliament gathered here (parliament) understand the meaning of the Mining Act 1992.”
Mr Tuke reassured that this new amended bill will give more comfort and will ensure that more Papua New Guineans get involved.
However, Dr Marat during an opposition press conference held after the parliament sitting told members of the media that a lot of points in the bill is of great concern to the opposition.
“Right now Wafi-Golpu is laying back and other foreign mining companies are laying back as well,” said Dr Marat. “When they lay back, money is not getting into our economy and here we are coming up with a supplementary budget and next month we will have the 2020 National budget and where are we going to get the figures.”
Dr Marat made a strong statement that politics is played in order to have policies for development constructed.
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