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MASONO DEFENDS A DRACONIAN EDICT

Bougainville Indigenous Rights Advocate | 3 May, 2019

The article in the Post Courier, “Masono defends Bougainville Mining Amendment” dated 30/04/19, shows that Jeffrey McGlinn has certainly struck some deep chord in the heart of the cream of ABG politicians and bureaucrats a comprising of the President Dr. John Momis, Vice President Masono himself, Finance Minister Robin Wilson and the Mining Department Secretary, Cedric Himata.

In the article, Vice President open’s his “Che Guevaraic” delivery with the profound word “revolution”. What a choice of word to cloak the assault on the human rights of the landowners, to serve the interest of a foreigner who has dazzled the El Presidente’s gullible inner circle with a ridiculous promise of 60 percent share equity in a dubious Bougainville mining company, which obviously is already registered in the British Virgin Islands.

It is disheartening to see Vice President defending amendments that were written outside Bougainville by McGlinn’s lawyers obviously after going through the Bougainville Constitution and the Bougainville Mining Act 2015 (BMA 2015) with a fined tooth comb, hoping to find irregularities on which to base their absurd justification to amend a law that protects customary rights of landowners.

If the ABG is trying to use a flaw in the BMA 2015, conjured up overseas by foreign lawyers, to take control of ownership of the resources then landowners will be losers all over and again. In reality, Jeffrey McGlinn is trying to gain monopoly by duping the ABG with offer of fairy-tale 60 percent share equity which will decrease in value due to it’s incapability to raise funds. The consequence is such that the dilution of the shares in inevitable.

In the article Vice President Masono is quoted as saying:

“It is time now that we take the bull by the horn.

“We’ve been made to believe that only the white man and foreign companies can do mining for us.

I find this somewhat disturbing, because ABG after all has struck a deal with a “green man” Jeffrey McGlinn who mislead ABG about his companies extensive experiences in mining when “Caballus” was only founded recently.\

If the Vice President doesn’t already know, “Caballus” is poetic latin word for horse. That is what Jeffrey McGlinn is. A failed “white as snow” horse breeder.

Lastly, Vice President Masono’s revolution is debauchery and contravenes section 23 (1) which provides “The laws and policies of Bougainville shall be directed towards the recognition of customary rights of the people of Bougainville in relation the land and the sea, and natural, mineral and oil resources of Bougainville and any law relating to the development of such resources shall take that into account.”

Notice that the section says “Customary” Rights of the people. Landownership is customary in Bougainville and the BMA2015 specifies that.

This is ownership is further reinforced by Section 53 of the national Constitution of Papua New Guinea which talks about the protection from unjust deprivation of property. This is the very protection that is under threat from the ABG’s proposed amendment to BMA 2015.

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TRICK OR TREAT? The attempt by Jeffery McGlinn and Caballus Mining to hijack mining prospects in Bougainville

The abandoned Panguna mine

Chris Baria | February 10, 2019 

Today the people of Arawa, landowners, women, ex-combatant core group, and“no mining” Bougainville hardliners milled into the Sharps Memorial Youth Centre, Arawa, to be“educated” by the Bougainville Executive Council (BEC) on the finer points of mining and controversial amendments to the once controversial Bougainville Mining Act 2015 (BMA) that is yet to be industry tested.

One wonders why such an entourage as BEC has found it necessary to carry out “consultations” on such unpopular bills which have drawn stiff opposition throughout wider sections of the community.

Today, the Finance Minister Robin Wilson and the Vice President and Mining Minister, Raymond Masono spoke out against what they called misinformation and misconceptions in social media that were causing so much confusion about the new mining bills, and the bill to effect amendments to the existing BMA 2015. They said that the amendment to the BMA 2015 were necessary to give more benefits to the resource owners than what the current mining act can provide them.

Their attempt to illustrate the benefits of tampering with the BMA, via PowerPoint presentation, did very little to allay our fears as we were already aware of the sections in the BMA 2015 that were subject to draft amendment by lawyers acting on behalf of Jeffery McGlinn and Caballus Mining. Not only is our law subject to tampering by foreign elements but our ‘mama’ law, the constitution, is affected.

We the people who are preparing to vote on a referendum express our desire to be an independent nation feel violated.

Recently, ABG linked up with a little known mining company that was only registered not long ago in the British Virgin Islands. It appears that“Caballus” mining is owned by Jeffery McGlinn from Perth in Western Australia.

This man McGlinn, whom we know very little about apart contradictory tales of his recently registered company’s experience in working with indigenous people and traditional leaders, has sold a scam to ABG and ABG has swallowed it hook line and sinker. In a very simplistic proposal that omitted the complexities of a mining venture and the “dog-eat-dog” world of business enterprise, Jeffery McGlinn has shaken the house and dazzled it’s gullible occupants. His top card is a fantastic shareholding cut between him and his creation, BAM [Bougainville Advance Mining] that puts Noah Musingku and U-Vistract to shame. “BAM” in Tokpisin means head on collision. As a matter of fact it may well be on collision course with our sanity.

Back at the Youth Centre I was yearning for some excitement to lightened up the dull boring discussions when Hon. Robin Wilson’s man stoked up the projector to show us the workings of BAM.

He continued to tell us how the landowner would get more than what the currently Bougainville Mining Act 2015 provided for and how wonderful it is for Bougainville to have it’s own mining company. He spilled the the secrets of how BAM was going to create an economic miracle for Bougainville and give it a mining company and not rely on foreign companies and white people to come take what rightfully belongs to us.

The decision to butcher the Bougainville Mining Act was conceived by Jeffery McGlinn for the Dodos in ABG and it’s Administration under the pretext of “better benefits” for landowners. The Mining Act is not about better benefits. It should be about the protection of the human rights of the indigenous people of Bougainville which are not interchangeable with monetary benefits.

My question is how much of what was presented in PowerPoint can we say is from within us and our vision? On the one Hon. Wilson tells us not to woo white folk and then on the other hand he presents an idea, not of his own creation but what a smooth talking white dude gave him and the words he breath into good member’s mouth. The idea of Bougainville’s own Mining company and it’s ability to serve the government and it’s people seem quite attractive but what is the price tag on it?

How naïve can our leaders to keep collecting prefabricated nonsense? Despite many of them being educated they still cannot differentiate between what is real and what is fantasy, simply because they don’t bother to check on who they are dealing with in the first place.

This brings up another issue, the capacity of the Autonomous Bougainville Government or any other Bougainville government established to replace it after referendum, and the capability of it’s administration to manage and regulate the impact of a large scale mining operation in the region. Since its inception the Autonomous Bougainville Government has establish a string of businesses and partnerships with the Chinese that leaves us wondering as to how these companies are faring as ABG’s money spinners.

The biggest horror story in this issue is the taking away of landowners rights and privileges and put them under a trust company that is to be controlled by ABG under a section of the BMA. The ABG has not right whatsoever to tamper with landowners’ inalienable rights. When governments become corrupt and tyrannical the “trust” between landowners and government embodied in the trust company is endangered. We see this kind of arrangement which is similar to PNG Sustainable Fund in which landowner monies are either locked in or stolen by politicians already but whatever the reason landowners have no access to their funds.

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Mining exploration in Bougainville led by LOs

Cedric Patjole | Loop PNG | January 15, 2018

Landowners in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville are partnering with investors to conduct mineral exploration in areas sanctioned by the Autonomous Bougainville Government.

Prospecting has started since the introduction of legislation allowing landowners complete ownership of customary land, and the lifting of the moratorium on specific localities for mineral exploration.

However, the ABG is making sure the exploration is done in the best interest of the people.

ABG Treasury and Finance Minister, Robin Wilson, said currently there is a moratorium on Panguna Mine due to its history and sensitive nature, which is being carefully addressed.

However, exploration has been allowed in other parts of the island.

“So far we have lifted the moratorium on three areas in Bougainville. That’s Mt Ore, Isina in Central Bougainville and the Arawa-Panguna area,” said the Minister.

“So this are the areas where mining activities are going on, and it is driven by the landowners themselves. It’s not government-driven.

“It’s the landowners and the investors they found and have brought them over.

“We are just making sure the investors are genuine investors. We’re making sure that they are not coming up with contracts or agreements that will make the landowner suffer.”

The Minister said the lead taken by landowners follows legislation giving LOs complete authority and ownership over clearly de ned customary land.

He said by giving the power back to landowners, they can either accept or reject the prospects on their land.

“The landowner now owns everything. In terms of alienated land the government still owns the resources. But where it’s clearly customary land, it is landowner-owned.

“So we believe that by giving the power back to the landowners, the landowners now have a say in whether exploration happens or mining happens,” Wilson said.

“In that way we are not forcing the issue on them. The landowners have to accept the development prospects that happen on their land.”

Wilson revealed that currently the island has been tagged as a high risk area by many international observers.

However, he said with any successful explorations and discovery, this could trigger more investment in future, as the ABG aims to rebuild the island’s local economy.

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Bougainville clans regain power over mining rights

Bougainville Finance Minister Robin Wilson

The National aka The Loggers Times | January 12, 2018

Bougainville landowners own all the resources on their land and the Bougainville government only facilitates resource development, says Bougainville Finance Minister Robin Wilson, pictured.

“Unlike the rest of Papua New Guinea, landowners in Bougainville have the power to allow or disallow exploration and extraction of minerals on their land,” he said.

Wilson was speaking when handing the province’s 2018 Budget of K254 million to national Treasurer Charles Able in Port Moresby yesterday.

Wilson said Bougainville has lifted the ban on mining in Panguna, Mt Tore and Isinai and mining activities in those areas are now being driven by the landowners.

“We introduced a law that is unique to the rest of the country where in terms of mining we have made the landowners the owners of resources,” he said.

“If there are resources in an area the landowner will give consent on, whether or not exploration will take place and if exploration has found minerals, the landowner will again give consent to whether it will be extracted or not.”

In regard to the PNG Mining Act, Able said the Act states that any resources below six feet (about 2m) under the earth belongs to the government, but the ABG has done away with that provision – only for Bougainville.

Abel said the PNG government’s ownership of mining resources was to ensure that profits were equally distributed throughout the country.

Meanwhile, to continue to strengthen relations between Bougainville and the Papua New Guinea government, Wilson is providing quarterly reports to the government on how money it provides is spent on Bougainville.

“The accountability of the grants will not be an issue anymore. I have provided those reports throughout last year and am committed to do it in this term,” he said.

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Minister says mine can transform Bougainville

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Sebastian Hakalits | Post Courier | 1 March 2017

BOUGAINVILLE Minister for Minerals and Energy Resources Robin Wilson says Panguna mine is the single largest project that can move Bougainville forward.

Mr Wilson said it would ease financial hardships for landowners of Panguna and Bougainville, therefore, it was in their interest to re-open the mine. He was speaking during the presentation by Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) of its future plans for Panguna mine. Mr Wilson urged the landowners re-open, adding. “you have the veto power and whatever decision you make must be for the good of the whole of Bougainville”.

“Let’s have one voice and move forward,” Mr Wilson said at the BCL presentation that was later graced with the initial payment of K5 million to two landowner associations in outstanding 1989 to 1990 compensation payments.

The other seven groups will be paid after completing the compiling and verifying names of families. They will be paid a total of more than K14 million.

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Bougainville MPs silence over Rio Tinto shares irking local people

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MPs urged to protect interests

Anthony Kaybing | Post Courier

The four Bougainville National MPs have been urged to support the Autonomous Bougainville Government’s stand in acquiring the 17.4 per cent Bougainville Copper Limited’s stake given to the National Government by Rio Tinto.
The four MPs have remained passive throughout the squabbling over Rio Tinto divesting its 53.8 per cent shares in BCL in the defunct Panguna Mine.
The deafening silence by the National MPs has irked a lot of Bougainvilleans who believe the Autonomous Region’s national representatives should be proactive in protecting Bougainville interests.
ABG Mining Minister, Robin Wilson has offered a subtle approach by proposing a meeting with the four national MPs by asking them to support the transfer of the shares and to make their case in Parliament and the National Executive Council.
“Similarly I propose that the members of the Bougainville Executive Council work with the Regional Member, Joe Lera who is the Minister for Bougainville Affairs to persuade the National Government and the Prime Minister to ensure that the 17.4 per cent is transferred to us,” Mr Wilson said.
The action by Rio Tinto has also prompted legal ramifications in the Bougainville Mining Act which brings sections 112(1) and 284(1) into operation.
These sections stipulate that if there are dealings in more than 25 per cent of the shares of a company holding an exploration licence then the ABG’s Secretary for the Department of Mineral and Energy Resources must issue the company a notice to show cause.

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