ACT NOW! is campaigning for the establishment of an Independent Commission Against Corruption.
Currently PNG does not have a dedicated anti-corruption agency and the existing institutions, the Royal PNG Police and the Ombudsman Commission, have failed to tackle white-collar crime.
PNG’s attempts to establish an ICAC go back more than a decade. A draft ICAC Bill was first developed in 1997, but a lack of political support meant it was not passed by Parliament. In 2011, the Government developed new draft legislation to establish an ICAC. However, that legislation was not even tabled in Parliament.
Recently the government has responded to public pressure and announced plans to establish an ICAC. In June 2013 the government released a set of consultation documents and ACT NOW! responded to the call for public submissions (see below).