A story was printed in Australian newspapers on the 24 October 2020 that detailed the questioning of an Australian Government official by an Australian Senator at Senate Estimates hearings on the 19/20 October 2020 over allegations of an approach to Paladin in 2017 by a PNG Government official for payment in relation to the Manus Island service contract. The same story was also reported in the Australian and PNG media in both October 2019 and January 2020. Paladin has previously advised both the Australian and PNG Government that Paladin did not have probative evidence that could sustain such allegations. Paladin’s current directors standby this statement.
There has always been a shortfall of wheelchairs in Papua New Guinea and recently, more so than ever, in Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH). With an ongoing need for medical supplies Paladin generously donated 13 wheelchairs to PMGH late in 2019. This donation has been a “valuable asset to the hospital” says Sr Hosea from PMGH, “as budgets have been cut for additional medical supplies.” Hosea added “These are much-needed medical tools that will be widely used within our hospital.” Paladin have been operating within PNG since early 2007 and have been regularly supporting local initiatives like the wheelchair donation to PMGH. These donations are in alignment with our commitment to leaving a variety of lasting legacy for the communities in [...]
On the 28th of January 2020 The Sydney Morning Herald/The Age published articles outlining that a former Paladin Director alleges he had been corruptly approached by a senior PNG Government official for money. On a number of occasions between May 2019 and October 2019 the Paladin Board sought a formal statement from the former Director to substantiate these serious allegations. When the former Director provided a statement to substantiate these allegations in late October 2019, it was unsigned and prefaced by the comment “I am not prepared to submit this as a signed statement as I cannot verify the details to my satisfaction”. Paladin has previously alerted both the Australian and PNG Government that there was not probative evidence that could sustain these [...]
The last week of November finally saw the completion of the construction and fit out of the Community Business Initiative (CBI) premises in Lorengau Manus. It had been a race against time for the team to get the job complete but a sustained effort by the Paladin dedicated project tradesman working together with the Peren maintenance team over 5 months combined with a final big push by Paladin to have an additional six expat tradesman on site over the last eight weeks saw the target reached. The Paladin and Peren teams have risen to the challenge of constructing impressive premises built to Australian standards from a combination of containers, beautiful local hardwood and new and upcycled materials depending on what was available. All [...]
October saw the greatly anticipated culmination of the 2019 Men’s and Women’s Poroman Cup Soccer tournament. After organizing and running the inaugural 2018 Poroman Cup, this year the Paladin-Peren Community Team have been supporting the Lorengau Chauka Soccer Association’s (LCSA) running of the men’s and women’s tournament as part of our Build Operate and Transfer model. As a part of its support, Paladin has encouraged LCSA to promote a policy of inclusion and gender equality in the running of this event. Importantly, this initiative dovetails into Paladins’ broader focus of health and education initiatives by promoting physical activity and gender inclusiveness in a fun, competitive and community binding manner. In contrast to many other parts of PNG, soccer is arguably more popular than [...]
Buk bilong Pikinini providing reading and educational resources to those who need it. As part of our commitment to supporting the communities where we operate through the transfer of skills and knowledge, Paladin has been supporting various education initiatives. Informed by our experience and research in Manus Province, Paladin recognise the sparsity of educational resources available to children in PNG. Paladin’s latest contribution in this area involves the supply of uniforms to the extremely hardworking and dedicated staff of Buk bilong Pikinini. Buk bilong Pikinini is an independent charity headquartered in Port Moresby but with operations throughout PNG. It aims to foster a life-long love of reading and learning, increase literacy rates and empower vulnerable children. Buk bilong Pikinini aims to [...]