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    From todays Post Courier Port Moresby
    Tuesday 11th June, 2002

    Row erupts over gas project

    LANDOWNERS of the gas-rich Southern Highlands Province say they will do all they can to stop the multi-billion kina gas project from proceeding.
    Komo-Magarima MP and chairman of National Gas Corporation Alfred Kaiabe said yesterday that the landowners were frustrated, as they have not been involved in the consultation process.
    “We would like the Prime Minster to explain why the signing had been rushed and the resource owners did not have any say on the agreement,” Mr Kaiabe said.
    Surrounded by representatives of landowner associations and Southern Highlands students from the University of Papua New Guinea yesterday, Mr Kaiabe also wanted Sir Mekere together with Sir Moi Avei and Petroleum and Energy minister Roy Yaki to explain why gas would be piped to Australia when there were other markets for it in other countries such as China and Japan.
    “They can go ahead and sign the agreement. We have already got a court order and other avenues are open from there. We will go back and advise the landowners on what the Government had done,” he said.
    Mr Kaiabe said all candidates from the province were together in their fight which he said would be pursued to the end.
    He said the landowners and the provincial government should have been properly consulted before the agreement was drafted.
    “If proper procedures have been followed we will be happy to work alongside
    the Government in signing the agreement and getting the project off the ground,” Mr Kaiabe said.
    Southern Highlands students from the University of Papua New Guinea also supported Mr Kaiabe and said although they supported the Papua New Guinea to Queensland gas pipeline, they were not happy as they believe the signing of the agreement had been rushed.
    “Why are they rushing the signing just few days before the elections? Everyone must know the contents of the agreement and know what benefits are there for the landowners, the province as well as the country,” the students said.
    They said the signing should have taken place after the general elections so that all 109 members of Parliament would have discussed the contents in the agreement.

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