24 May 2007

PNG opposition wants independent commission to fight graft

7:00 pm on 24 May 2007

Papua New Guinea's opposition leader says the government must set up an Independent Commission Against Corruption if it is serious about fighting graft.

Peter O'Neill says corruption is everywhere in PNG, including in government and business.

Mr O'Neill says existing organisations lack the power to address the problem.

He says the existing Ombudsman Commission is focussed on government leaders and doesn't have the powers to tackle corruption across the board.

Mr O'Neill claims that People's National Congress Party is the only party putting forward a proposal to fight the problem.

He says corrupt leaders in government believe they have a right to be in power and accumulate wealth, but the onus is on PNG to change the image of the country as a failed state, unable to tackle corruption.