PNG leader Michael Somare and son asked to explain Cairns property deals

PNG leader Michael Somare and son asked to explain Cairns property deals

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PNG leader Michael Somare and son asked to explain Cairns property deals
Article from: The Courier-Mail

By Peter Michael

November 06, 2008 12:00am

PAPUA New Guinea's most powerful family is being investigated over private deals linked to more than $1 million worth of luxury property in Cairns.
PNG Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare and his son Arthur have been asked to explain how they obtained a luxury inner-city unit and a new $685,000 beach house.

Documents have emerged linking the PNG Grand Chief and his powerbroker son to the real estate.

PNG's anti-corruption watchdog, the Opposition Leader Sir Mekere Morauta, and former finance minister Bart Philemon yesterday said it had to be asked where the money had come from.

Ombudsman Commission legal counsel Vergil Narokobi, one of the top three most senior officials with the anti-corruption watchdog, said they would investigate.

"It is quite possible it is legitimate," Mr Narokobi said.

"We will look to see if there were any breaches of the leadership code.

"To afford such luxuries it is not something ordinary Papua New Guineans can do. It is a situation of unfairness, but that is my own personal view.

"We have to give them the benefit of doubt. On the face of it we will respect our leaders until the contrary is shown."

Documents obtained by The Courier-Mail show Sir Michael obtained a $349,000 three-bedroom executive-style apartment with private plunge pool in inner-city Cairns in April last year, in a deal brokered by a Gold Coast lawyer.

Two months ago, Arthur Somare, who is PNG's State Enterprise Minister and a political heavyweight, bought a $685,000 four-bedroom home with his wife at Trinity Beach.

Mr Somare, who plans to move his family to Australia to live, has just sealed a US$20 billion deal over access to PNG's liquid natural gas reserves with a consortium from the Middle East.

Cairns builder Michael Case, who sold the house to Mr Somare in August, said: "He is a fabulous guy, everything was done above board."

Agents for the unit's sale said it was bought at the time of last year's PNG election after protracted negotiations. The vendor, R & H Constructions (Qld) Pty Ltd, went bankrupt while building the $5 million unit block - with no trace of former directors.

Sir Michael, who was in Cairns last week for a historic address to Queensland Parliament, declined a request for an interview and did not respond to a series of written questions.

His son Arthur also did not respond to questions about his new property.

Sir Michael, who has refused to provide details of his overseas assets since 1992 under the leadership code, is fighting a Supreme Court action against the Ombudsman Commission.

Opposition Leader Sir Mekere said the Somare family owed it to the PNG people to reveal their assets.

"They should both publicly explain how they obtained this real estate," said Sir Mekere, who this year bought a $3.6 million riverfront mansion at New Farm in Brisbane's inner city under his wife Roslyn's name.

Former finance minister and anti-graft campaigner Mr Philemon said: "They have got to tell people in PNG how they funded those properties, otherwise it smells like corruption."
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June 6th, 2009, 7:33 am #2

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June 11th, 2009, 8:34 am #3

PNG leader Michael Somare and son asked to explain Cairns property deals
Article from: The Courier-Mail

By Peter Michael

November 06, 2008 12:00am

PAPUA New Guinea's most powerful family is being investigated over private deals linked to more than $1 million worth of luxury property in Cairns.
PNG Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare and his son Arthur have been asked to explain how they obtained a luxury inner-city unit and a new $685,000 beach house.

Documents have emerged linking the PNG Grand Chief and his powerbroker son to the real estate.

PNG's anti-corruption watchdog, the Opposition Leader Sir Mekere Morauta, and former finance minister Bart Philemon yesterday said it had to be asked where the money had come from.

Ombudsman Commission legal counsel Vergil Narokobi, one of the top three most senior officials with the anti-corruption watchdog, said they would investigate.

"It is quite possible it is legitimate," Mr Narokobi said.

"We will look to see if there were any breaches of the leadership code.

"To afford such luxuries it is not something ordinary Papua New Guineans can do. It is a situation of unfairness, but that is my own personal view.

"We have to give them the benefit of doubt. On the face of it we will respect our leaders until the contrary is shown."

Documents obtained by The Courier-Mail show Sir Michael obtained a $349,000 three-bedroom executive-style apartment with private plunge pool in inner-city Cairns in April last year, in a deal brokered by a Gold Coast lawyer.

Two months ago, Arthur Somare, who is PNG's State Enterprise Minister and a political heavyweight, bought a $685,000 four-bedroom home with his wife at Trinity Beach.

Mr Somare, who plans to move his family to Australia to live, has just sealed a US$20 billion deal over access to PNG's liquid natural gas reserves with a consortium from the Middle East.

Cairns builder Michael Case, who sold the house to Mr Somare in August, said: "He is a fabulous guy, everything was done above board."

Agents for the unit's sale said it was bought at the time of last year's PNG election after protracted negotiations. The vendor, R & H Constructions (Qld) Pty Ltd, went bankrupt while building the $5 million unit block - with no trace of former directors.

Sir Michael, who was in Cairns last week for a historic address to Queensland Parliament, declined a request for an interview and did not respond to a series of written questions.

His son Arthur also did not respond to questions about his new property.

Sir Michael, who has refused to provide details of his overseas assets since 1992 under the leadership code, is fighting a Supreme Court action against the Ombudsman Commission.

Opposition Leader Sir Mekere said the Somare family owed it to the PNG people to reveal their assets.

"They should both publicly explain how they obtained this real estate," said Sir Mekere, who this year bought a $3.6 million riverfront mansion at New Farm in Brisbane's inner city under his wife Roslyn's name.

Former finance minister and anti-graft campaigner Mr Philemon said: "They have got to tell people in PNG how they funded those properties, otherwise it smells like corruption."
What are the Papua New Guinean people doing about this... Just waiting for their arses to be facked by these guys????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
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June 12th, 2009, 12:06 am #4



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June 12th, 2009, 7:07 am #5

What are the Papua New Guinean people doing about this... Just waiting for their arses to be facked by these guys????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
Pretty much all of us are stupid and lazy, too lazy to speak up or something
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June 20th, 2009, 10:54 am #6

PNG leader Michael Somare and son asked to explain Cairns property deals
Article from: The Courier-Mail

By Peter Michael

November 06, 2008 12:00am

PAPUA New Guinea's most powerful family is being investigated over private deals linked to more than $1 million worth of luxury property in Cairns.
PNG Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare and his son Arthur have been asked to explain how they obtained a luxury inner-city unit and a new $685,000 beach house.

Documents have emerged linking the PNG Grand Chief and his powerbroker son to the real estate.

PNG's anti-corruption watchdog, the Opposition Leader Sir Mekere Morauta, and former finance minister Bart Philemon yesterday said it had to be asked where the money had come from.

Ombudsman Commission legal counsel Vergil Narokobi, one of the top three most senior officials with the anti-corruption watchdog, said they would investigate.

"It is quite possible it is legitimate," Mr Narokobi said.

"We will look to see if there were any breaches of the leadership code.

"To afford such luxuries it is not something ordinary Papua New Guineans can do. It is a situation of unfairness, but that is my own personal view.

"We have to give them the benefit of doubt. On the face of it we will respect our leaders until the contrary is shown."

Documents obtained by The Courier-Mail show Sir Michael obtained a $349,000 three-bedroom executive-style apartment with private plunge pool in inner-city Cairns in April last year, in a deal brokered by a Gold Coast lawyer.

Two months ago, Arthur Somare, who is PNG's State Enterprise Minister and a political heavyweight, bought a $685,000 four-bedroom home with his wife at Trinity Beach.

Mr Somare, who plans to move his family to Australia to live, has just sealed a US$20 billion deal over access to PNG's liquid natural gas reserves with a consortium from the Middle East.

Cairns builder Michael Case, who sold the house to Mr Somare in August, said: "He is a fabulous guy, everything was done above board."

Agents for the unit's sale said it was bought at the time of last year's PNG election after protracted negotiations. The vendor, R & H Constructions (Qld) Pty Ltd, went bankrupt while building the $5 million unit block - with no trace of former directors.

Sir Michael, who was in Cairns last week for a historic address to Queensland Parliament, declined a request for an interview and did not respond to a series of written questions.

His son Arthur also did not respond to questions about his new property.

Sir Michael, who has refused to provide details of his overseas assets since 1992 under the leadership code, is fighting a Supreme Court action against the Ombudsman Commission.

Opposition Leader Sir Mekere said the Somare family owed it to the PNG people to reveal their assets.

"They should both publicly explain how they obtained this real estate," said Sir Mekere, who this year bought a $3.6 million riverfront mansion at New Farm in Brisbane's inner city under his wife Roslyn's name.

Former finance minister and anti-graft campaigner Mr Philemon said: "They have got to tell people in PNG how they funded those properties, otherwise it smells like corruption."
Im all for corruption. You stupid papua new guineans are very useless when it comes to addressing corruption among the politicians.. just useless.

Alot of you have been praying to God to select the leaders... what a laugh. Perhaps God selected the leaders to be corrupt.

Im out to see if I can grab all I can when I finish my MBA and return to PNG...

Grab as much as I can and get out when the going is good. Who will catch me. As I said Papua New GUineas are useless. Im joining up with a statutory body as an executive and I now understand the system...

I will help my political heads make their money and in the process make mine too, especially in the resources sector.

Im telling you useless kunts here and now... Im gonna get out with K2 Million, Im smarter than Jimmy Maladina..

Corruption in PNG Im with you. Whinging papua new guineans, please whinge louger, I cant hear your whinge now...
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