Bougainville Freedom Movement questions new Mining Act

Bougainville Freedom Movement 

Like Mr Jimmy Miringtoro, Member for Central Bougainville and Minister for Communication in the Papua New Guinea National Government, the Bougainville Freedom Movement (Australia) are also wondering why the ABG have passed the Bougainville Mining Act 2014, “when the people are still in the dark of this bill that could take away their rights form their land and resources forever”.

The Bougainville Freedom Movement (Australia) is concerned with the speech President Momis gave today, 26 March 2015, where he says:

“With our new Mining Bill, we are completely rejecting that terrible past.”

Does this mean that President Momis is forgetting his own history and the shocking history of Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) in its mining operations on Bougainville and what the mining company did to the people of Bougainville and the environment?

It is a “terrible past” and will not be forgotten but it should not be “rejected”.

Not once has Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) or Rio Tinto mining company ever apologised or compensated the people of Bougainville for the environmental devastation it caused and the extremely wicked atrocities it inflicted on the people of Bougainville.

We received an email from New Zealand today about the new Mining Bill which says, “With the  bill being written by an outfit named after Adam Smith the right wing economist (“The hand of God” (rules the economy)) you can imagine what rights the people will have!”

Whilst it does not surprise us that BCL have probably paid bribes to the Autonomous Bougainville Government to pass the Mining Bill, it also makes sense knowing that Rio Tinto and Bougainville Copper Limited think more of their companies, their shareholders and their profits.

  • The Rio Tinto AGM is on 16 April 2015 in London, England.
  • The Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) AGM on 29 April 2015 in Port Moresby.
  • The Rio Tinto AGM on 7 May 2015 in Perth, Australia.

It is perfect timing for the ABG to pass the Bougainville Mining Act 2014, so now Bougainville Copper Limited and Rio Tinto mining can let their shareholders know how they can now continue to fill their greedy pockets with money taken from the poor and underpriveleged people on Bougainville.

Let us remember how Bougainville Copper Limited treated the people of Bougainville from the time it found gold and copper, started the Panguna mine , created environmental devastation and killed an estimated 15,000 – 20,000 people on Bougainville when the people decided to stop the Panguna mine from operating.  LEST WE FORGET.

Look what President Momis has written  and please note where it has been published…. The Bougainville News website…. supported by the pro-mining lobby and Bougainville Copper Limited.

MOMIS: “Ultimately, the main reason why we in Bougainville are considering allowing large-scale mining again is because we need revenue to advance or development. WE lack even the most basic acceptable standards in essential services, like health and education. WE lag behind the rest of the world. Without significant ABG revenue, that situation will never change.”

FACT: “There is little evidence to demonstrate where mining has had a positive effect on peoples’ levels of poverty or indeed ‘lifted’ people out of poverty.”  (AidWatch)

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Bougainville Mining Act is covered in the sins of the father

As we expected, they did it, in secret and through bribery, but the Bougainville Mining Bill is passed. The foreign mining interests are already pumping their fists, and have been parading triumphant press releases, trying to contain their glee as they tell Bougainvilleans ‘you are free now’ (knowing the opposite to be true).

Yet the ‘legislation’ is dirty, covered in the sins of its fathers.

It is covered in the bad breath of the World Bank and Adam Smith International, institutions set up to dispossess indigenous people and customary landowners, so the markets can ravage their land and environment.

It is corrupted by the heavy hoof of the Australian government, whose high priced intellectuals have tried to sell the unsellable to an unconvinced population.

It is thick in the foul of bribery, as money was given out in large amounts to MPs to pass the bill.

It will now be a criminal offence in Bougainville to pull up marker pegs, or to oppose the grilled teeth of bulldozers, because someone, somewhere signed a document – someone you may not even know, but approved by the ABG to speak on behalf of ALL landowners. Consent can now be given by .1% of the landowning population on behalf of the other 99.9%. That is mining democracy.

If you have a problem with the mining company, and the consultation process, who do you have a right to complain to? The mining company, who are charged with responsibility for overseeing informed consent and adjudicating on community grievances.

The land has been given to the foreign elite, who will pour over Bougainville’s riches with sweaty desire, ravaging futures so a few speculators can get rich, quick.

But dirty bills, passed by dirty means do not have the respect of the population. They are not laws, they are pieces of paper, written by foreign corporations, and raised through bribery. This type of filthy document will not be respected.

What we now have a recipe for is conflict and insecurity, as a government attempts to force mining on populations with a law they never read, or consented too. People will resist.

Momis may celebrate, but he may have just unleashed a rot that will destroy his legacy.

 

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Lima Mullung & others fetching bones from the dog, MCC

While the Basamuk people are arguing with the Chinese miners at MCC over the ‘tonnes of toxic chemical’ spill at Basamuk Bay in Madang Province, Lima Mullung, the said Basamuk Landowners Association Chairman got on an MCC boat and ran off to town.

Now Lima here is suppose to be the people’s mouthpiece but he’s been the opposite, the Chinese’ mouthpiece to the people ever since he became ‘it’, so the people’s cries this time are again falling on deaf ears. He’s been living in a house and is driving a maroon land cruiser used as bait by the Chinese to keep him on their leash. He’s never at the village and when he’s in Basamuk, he’s at the mine site with the Chinese and not at the village with the people.

Lima Mulung, remember him? The dog on MCC’s leash? Turns out he likes it that way and there are more dogs like him. We’ll get to these other dogs, you may know others too but let’s start with Lima here.

Poor Lima is ‘the’ puppet selected by the Chinese miners’ ultimate ‘Puppet System’ called the ‘Landowner Association. This is so that being the only one, a chairman, his strings can be easily pulled, stretched or twitched anytime and anywhere.

Sadly, what Lima doesn’t know is that the puppet master can easily cut off those strings anytime. Now puppet masters being foreigners are one thing but the puppet master here being the ‘Foreign MINER’? PHEW! For sure they’re not here to help you Lima or any other Papua New Guineans for that matter, they’re here to MINE, as much as they can.

Now in order to get as much as they can with little or no interruptions, they need a lot of dogs, lots and lots of dogs as many as possible to guard them, and that’s where Lima Mulung here comes in, the Community Affairs offices, the police officers, the Department of Environment and Conservation officers, the Mineral Resource Authority officers, the local MPs, the Ministers and many more that you may know of.

Let’s say dogs because dogs beg for the rest of their lives but only end up getting a bone from their masters, despite how painfully they carry out their tasks faithfully. Now that, is exactly what those mentioned above are doing, cleaning up the Chinese miner’s filthy mess on all fours for just a piece of bone.

The sad fact is, that all these people who are currently dogs to the Chinese miner, should be the masters. They should be the ones to hold onto the pigs and tell the miner who is ‘the dog’ to fetch the bone whenever they feel like, but they choose to let their foreign miner friend come into their country, sit on their throne, and while they clean up the filthy mess below the throne and beg on all fours with saliva dripping mouths, ‘it’ gets their pigs and throws them a bone to fetch. Can you picture that? A dog on a throne feeding its masters a bone?

You see the Chinese miners are currently on a tax holiday of 10 years! Wow! They obviously had to get as much as possible from the ground, and I’m not talking about only nickel and cobalt here, I mean anything and everything, even fresh water, as much as possible from the ground before the 10 years end.

By the way just a reminder, taxes pay for the basic services that Papua New Guineans, YOU need like health, education and other infrastructures but, you’re not getting any from these ‘developers’, the Chinese miners.

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ABG current leadership is a threat to the region’s fragile peace and stability

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Bougainville Special Correspondent

The Autonomous Region of Bougainville’s fragile peace and stability is very much under threat of being undone by the way in which its leadership is being headed. The handling of sensitive issues in the region by the current ABG house is seen as undoing the painstaking process put in by the people of the region to reconcile, most importantly amongst Bougainvilleans themselves.

What the region greatly needs at this time is sound, fair and representative leadership, critical components that are indeed lacking, causing much agitation amongst the population. The work of this current ABG caucus has in fact so far created much division and apprehension amongst Bougainvilleans.

It even came to the point where former BRA commanders had to peacefully confront the President at his office in Buka, to notify him of his government’s unrepresentative actions in handling the regions sensitive issues. They simply advised the president to resign.

In what can be described as a ‘copy-paste’ technique, the ABG and BCL have been stirring the North and South region to blame the crisis on the people of Central, in particular the people of Panguna, the same technique used by Papua New Guinea through the blockade to waver people’s support from the BRA.

This assertion is realistic as reports from very reliable sources indicate tension rising towards the people of Panguna by people from other parts of the island over recent talks of compensation to the people of Panguna by BCL. A well-known BRA commander has issued this threat and quote “Yupla ol Panguna kisim moni, yupla noken raun ples klia (You Panguna people when you receive your money, do not wonder around in the clear)”.  This begs the question why the BCL beholden President is dodging the obvious fact of his involvement in the mining issue, and his continual denial that it is rather the people who are pushing for this.

It is becoming clear now that the ABG President is behind the work of causing tension amongst the people. He spoke well of the Panguna Landowners Association in their inaugural Landowners Forum in November last year, contrarily that was not the view he held of the Landowners Association when he was giving a speech in Buin.

And with this current government, the one thing that stands out is the drive towards reopening Panguna mine. An issue that is so sensitive, it not only affects the people of Panguna, but the entire region because of the catastrophic toll it has had (and continues to have) on the environment and lives of thousands that perished in the 10 year crisis.

Coupled with the mining issue are the continual allegations of widespread corruption and mismanagement within the current ABG house. Amongst all these, what is clear is it is the current government’s impartiality that is seriously under question. What comes out on mainstream news as being representative of the people is very much not what is on the ground in reality.

There are also reports coming from constituencies, Council of Elders (C.o.Es), clan chiefs, former combatants and ordinary Bougainvilleans being agitated by the operation of the current ABG. The description of misrepresentation, corruption and anti-independence is what can be gauged from most conversations.

Even so, the current spending spree from the president’s office before elections connotes a kind of intention contrary to service delivery. So far, many constituencies are crying foul over their local offices not receiving their ‘Toyota Land Cruiser’ gifts from ABG.

Hence, if there is any viability for the autonomous region’s highest office ability to be objective in any circumstance with how the leadership is handling the issues of concern, pertaining particularly to mining, compensation and the more serious rising apprehension and tensions among the different districts, the President Grand Chief Dr John Momis will really need to wake up out of his utter arrogance and take heed of redressing this issue before it turns physical.

Note: This article was written before news broke the ABG has passed the controversial and divisive new Mining Law which has further exacerbated and inflamed tensions on the island

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Bougainville latest: Miringtoro not happy

Aloysius Laukai | New Dawn

The member for Central Bougainville and Minister for Communication in the Papua New Guinea National Government, Jimmy Miringtoro told New Dawn FM from Port Moresby that he was not happy that the ABG has rushed this bill on the eve of the ABG General elections.

I cry for you bougainville tshirtHe said that the ABG should have let the passing of the bill to the next government after more scrutiny from all stakeholders on Bougainville.

Mr. Miringtoro said that pushing the bill on the eve of the ABG Elections is not proper as other outstanding issues were still not resolved on the future of mining on Bougainville.

He said that from day one he had warned the ABG against the bill especially when the people are still in the dark of this bill that could take away their rights form their land and resources forever.

Mr. Miringtoro also said that the bill was written by outsiders like the Adam Smith International who have been involved in controversial development policies in the third world.

He said that it was unfortunate the government did not listen to the cries of the citizens and passed the bill.

Meanwhile, New Dawn FM understands that if there are some issues that have not been highlighted can now be done through an amendment of the Bougainville Mining Law by the next ABG Government that will come after the ABG General Elections.

The writs for the election will be issued by the Speaker, Andrew Miriki at 4pm this Friday March 27th.

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Schizophrenic MRA dancing for its colonial masters

Whoever is in charge of the agenda at the Mineral Resource Authority it surely isn’t anyone with an ounce of sanity or the best interests of PNG in their heart.

Yesterday MRA was all over the media saying it couldn’t cope with task of managing mine waste at PNG’s existing mines and needed overseas aid to help it get control of the problem before four new huge mines come on stream … Wafi, bigger than Ok Tedi, Frieda, Yandera and Mt Kare plus two others…

So why at the same time is MRA putting huge resources (money and staff time) into updating its survey data so it can attract yet more foreign mining companies into the country to plunder our resources…

MRA admits it can’t cope with the existing ten mines, yet it is ploughing ahead with six more (and bugger the consequences for the luckless local people) and at the same time it is putting efforts into ATTRACTING EVEN MORE new mines.

MADNESS if you care about the people of PNG but great news for all the foreign mining companies!!!

MRA is out exploring for its colonial masters while communities suffer the impacts of current mining

MRA is out exploring for its colonial masters while communities suffer the uncontrolled impacts of current mines

MRA progressing to update geophysical data 

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The Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) is making good progress on its programs to acquire new geological data and update existing ones to attract mineral investment into the country.

At present the MRA through its Geological Survey Division (GSD) is into its final phase of acquiring geophysical data over the Western PNG border with Indonesia.

The geophysical datasets, comprising magnetic and radiometric data when acquired and processed, will provide useful information on possible exploration targets that could be prospective mineralized areas. These areas could be further explored as possible mineral deposits, by interested investors.

So far over 20,000 line kilometers of data have already been acquired with a further 10 000 line kilometers is yet to be acquired. It is expected that the program which commenced in September last year, will take another 12 weeks to complete.

Such surveys and ultimately acquisition of such data is normally left to individual companies to carryout using their own resources and funds. But with the down turn in commodity prices, mineral exploration activity in the country has almost come to a halt with most exploration companies shelving their exploration projects.

The MRA sees the current survey as an incentive to companies as it believes that by acquiring data and having the datasets easily accessible to companies, it will attract and encourage mineral investment in the country.

The survey area is strategically located between the huge Ok Tedi porphyry copper deposit and the potentially huge Frieda River porphyry Cu-Au project. It covers an area of 14,110 square kilometers to be covered by 30, 745 line kilometers data.

The survey is being flown by GPX Surveys of Western Australia which was awarded the contract in 2014 to fly the area . The final datasets will be released towards the end of 2015.

Meanwhile, the National Geochemical Sampling Program will also be undertaken soon in collaboration with China Geological Survey (CGS). This is a program that has similar aims to that of the airborne geophysical survey, and that is to identify mineralized areas in the country.

The project is aimed at collecting geological and related data which will then be packaged for marketing and investment promotional purposes with the aim to attract mining investment into the country.

The program will cover the whole country and will run between May-August beginning with the New Guinea Islands Region (excluding the Autonomous Region of Bougainville) and MilneBay Province.

Pre-field preparations are continuing at this stage. East New Britain, Manus and Milne Bay Provinces have been visited in the past weeks, where reconnaissance has been carried out and awareness made to the provincial and local level government officials.

Another program which was recently completed is the Wau/Biaru (Morobe Province) Geological Mapping exercise. This program was conducted by the Geological Mapping and Mineral Exploration Branch.

This was an exercise which involved geological data collection to update the old and existing geological maps of the area. The map of this region and most regions of the country were done almost 40 years ago hence the need to update data. Field work involved collection of rock samples and geological data.

After the final editing of the map is completed, it will be made available to the industry stakeholders and public. In May the branch will embark on similar mapping projects within the Goilala region of Central Province.

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Bougainville passes divisive foreign Mining Law

Bougainville Mining Bill Passed 

Aloysius Laukai | New Dawn

The Controversial bougainville mining Bill has been passed by the ABG house. 

The bill went through the 3rd reading to become a Bougainville law just after 1135 Bougainville Standard time. 

This now completes all the negotiations and dissatisfactions by factions of the communities throughout bougainville. 

The bill did not go un challenged but had to go through scrutiny by former combatants who demanded certain sections removed before they can allow the government to finally pass the bill. 

At the time of the passing of the bill the house was full to capacity as people witnessed the passing of the bill. 

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