Finance Department Commission of Inquiry

A Commission of Inquiry into the Department of Finance was conducted from 2006 until 2009 following widespread reports of corruption and mismanagement. The Commission report was presented in Parliament on March 5, 2010.

The Commission report details how the Finance Department paid out hundreds of millions of dollars in sham compensation claims.

The Commission recommended more than 50 people including lawyers, senior bureaucrats and businessmen be referred for criminal prosecution.

Fot three years, from March 2010 until November 2013, a court injunction obtained by Paul Paraka, a prominent lawyer, and Zacchary Gelu, a former Solicitor General, prevented the publication and implementation of the Commission findings.

The injunction was finally lifted on November 29, 2013.

Since then no steps have been taken to implement the Commission recommendations, prosecute any of the individuals implicated or recover any of the money.

A copy of the Commission of Inquiry report is available here.


3 comments on "Finance Department Commission of Inquiry"

Anonymous said on Sat, 14/08/2010 - 07:58:
There have been many comments on pngexposed.wordpress.com to take their copy of the report and put it on wikileaks.com. They gave lame excuses in return. Putting the whole report on Wikileaks will lead to far more Papua New Guineans ever reading it than if it is 'published' by the government. Reason being that so few copies are printed and they would be very hard to get. So stop blaming government inaction for the logjam and realise that it is the so called anti-corruption people themselves that are now at the root of the problem. Until you find some way to get the document on Wikileaks, expect the finger of blame to be pointed directly at youse, the so called anti-corruption fighters.
Anonymous said on Fri, 10/09/2010 - 17:31:
The full Commission of Inquiry report is now available at PNGExposed - http://pngexposed.wordpress.com/2010/08/17/the-full-finance-department-commission-of-inquiry-report/
Anonymous said on Fri, 10/09/2010 - 16:25:
Anti-corruption people at the "root" of the problem? What problem are you referring to? Is it the problem of obtaining/sharing copies; or the problem of corruption outlined in this article?