Bill presented by Mr Benny Allen and read a first time.
Mr BENNY ALLAN (Unggai-Bena – Minister for Environment and Conservation) – I move – That the Bill be now read a second time.
Mr Speaker, I am pleased to explain the purpose of the amendment act to the Environment Act 2002.
The idea that this is capable of happening even though any such projects that have operated strictly within the terms of those permits gives rise to a concern of national priority. All major mining and petroleum projects including the PNG LNG Projects are particularly at risk, whether they be already operating in construction or proposed. This presents a significant threat to the Papua New Guinea economy and the investor confidence. Therefore, it is a matter of utmost national significance.
Motion (by Mr Benny Allen) agreed to – That the Bill be now read a second time.
That the Bill be now read a third time.
Mr Speaker, it is the citizens right when their lives and environment affected by the damages caused by big operations to raise the matter in court and challenge them. This is a constitutional right.
This country should not be left trailing at the back by individuals with their rights guaranteed by the constitution to get court orders to prevent developments going ahead. In this country we have big projects coming up ahead of us like the big LNG Gas project and the subject matter which the Supreme Court has served an order against the Government regarding the Nickel Mine.
I think we must put the interest of this country first. I urge the people and leaders alike to put our personal and political interests aside.
Mr Speaker, I fully support the Bill proposed by the Minister and I would also like to add that the human life is more important too. This must be weighed against the money and the glory.
Mr Speaker, it is my belief that everything in this world work together and they depend on each other for survival. Like the plants depend on the insects, insects depend on the humans, humans depend on fish, the fish depend on the humans, and humans depend on the birds.
I want to ask the village people to realize that we, this Government is doing everything possible to make sure that nation and people’s interest are taken care of. Mr Speaker, I’d like to ask the honourable Members to fully support the passage of this Bill. Thank you.
People from outside come here and tell you, ‘do what I say, not what I do’. These people become rich because their fathers and forefathers exploited their resources. I know because I was born in that society. My father worked hard, my grandfather worked even harder to exploit the resources that the country hard.
As you know in the past we have a mine called ‘Misima Mine’ and the tailings were done through deep sea tailings and that was put into the sea like they planned to do in Madang.
I studied a lot of the problems related to that system of tailings disposal by reading a lot of environmental reports. In none of those reports do I see that the effect of that method is bad for us. I know, maybe, down at the bottom of the sea a few worms will suffer but compare that with the damage that they will do on the land, if they have to dispose the tailings there. There is no comparison.
On the Misima Mine closure, there is nothing to do with the sea. All the beaches, the fish are okay. It is the mud that they deposit onto the surface of the sea. The water is about 150m deep; it is too deep for fishing or people to dive into.
There are some people who are telling people to take this to court and I believe some of these people are Canadians and I can tell these people to go and tell the people of mines that that have in their country.
incredible and for those people to come here and say don’t do this because there maybe some danger.
Land tailing is the worst because it has left worst damage Iran and land that people use to sustain their livelihood. That is why, Mr Speaker, I rise to support this Bill. Thank you.
Motion (by Mr Benny Allen) put – That the Bill be now read a third time.
Bill read a third time.