It is six years since Prime Minister Peter ONeill promised the
country an Independent Commission Against Corruption. Yet that
vision is no closer to being realised today than it was in
Peter ONeill has totally failed to live up to his promises in
both the 2012 and 2017 Alotau Accords that the government would
establish an ICAC.
The impact of not having a dedicated anti-corruption agency that
is politically independent, fully resourced and that has full
powers of arrest and prosecution has been devastating for our
economic well-being and the quality of life for ordinary
Delegates at last weeks APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency
workshop repeatedly spoke about how corruption inhibits development
and is a serious threat to economic growth , yet PNG
had almost nothing to show in terms of progress under the United
Nations Convention on Corruption. 
In PNG we repeatedly hear that a large-proportion of the
national budget is lost every year to corruption, taking money
directly from health and education services.
We also hear about the high costs that businesses have to endure
as a result of corruption. Costs which reduce profits, lower
employment and limit investment. Yet the government has just
dragged its feet for year after year over an ICAC.
While together, PNG, Australia and China are spending more than
K1.1 billion  on the whole APEC extravaganza in Port
Moresby, a tiny proportion of that money would have been sufficient
to fund the operations of a robust, independent and well staffed
ICAC for more than a decade.
Ridding PNG of the scourge of corruption would do far more to
assist development in PNG and ensure the well-being of our citizens
than a huge party for the worlds leaders and their entourages.
Perhaps in November, when the leaders from the worlds two
biggest economies will be here in PNG, they will ask the Prime
Minister why he has not established an ICAC and whose interests he