Solwara 1: a done deal?

Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

Tony Stone | PNG Echo

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Will the decision on whether this project will go ahead be for the greater good of the majority (those that have a real stake in the outcome) or will it only serve to enrich a disinterested and privileged minority far removed from the project’s impact and consequences?

Minister for Mining, Hon Byron Chan, recently declared in Parliament that the “government is still deliberating” on Solwara 1.

Confusingly, his words contradict his actions.

For, despite the negative public reaction to Nautilus Minerals’ Solwara 1 project, the Minister and his father, Sir Julius Chan, Governor of New Ireland, are conducting themselves in ways that compromise their respective offices – ways that call into question their judgement as regulators and State leaders.

Largesse

It’s all about perception.

It’s simply not politic for the Chans be seen receiving money and signing deals with Nautilus while a decision is still…

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