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NGO's call on PNG PM to revoke controversial land leases

NGO's call on PNG PM to revoke controversial land leases

Updated 19 September 2013, 17:22 AEST

Non-government organisations in Papua New Guinea are calling for fraudulent leases issued for millions of hectares of traditional land, to be revoked.

Yesterday Prime Minister Peter O'Neill told parliament that, of 42 Special Agriculatural and Business leases examined by a Commission of Enquiry, only four have the consent of landowners. The other 38, he said, are seriously compromised.

The Prime Minister said drastic action is needed and promised a new legislative framework for customary land conversion.

But he did not say what would happen to the fraudulent leases.

Presenter: Jemima Garrett

Speaker: Kenn Mondiai, Executive Director of Partners with Melanesians and former Chairman of the Eco-foresty Forum

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