Tuesday 4th July, 2023
“Gutpela dei long yupela olgeta” (Good day to you all)
We are truly honored to be appointed the inaugural Commissioners of
the Independent Commission Against Corruption. The significance of
today is certainly not lost on us.
The preamble to the Constitution provides a very poignant reminder:
we must be “united”,
we must pay homage to those who have gone before us, and
“acknowledge the worthy customs and traditional wisdoms” of
prior generations of this wonderful country.
On behalf of the Deputy Commissioners, Graham Gill and Daniel
Baulch, I would like to firstly thank the Government and the people of
Papua New Guinea. We wish to thank all those who played their part
over the years in drafting and introducing the ICAC legislation. We
congratulate both sides of government on their unanimous vote to
pass the Act. We must also acknowledge and commend those who
have been brave in standing against corruption.
Statement by the PNG ICAC Commissioner – Tuesday 4 th July 2023
I would also like to thank the outgoing Chairman Mr. Thomas Eluh
for his leadership in bringing the interim ICAC office to where it is
today. He has set the foundation. No one could have done it better
than him and we highly commend him for that.
Our immediate priority is to progress the work of the interim office so
that we may be fully operational as soon as possible. We will strive
to be fair, independent and impartial. We will be inspired by actions
our predecessors have taken and be brave in the actions we take.
We acknowledge that fighting corruption in PNG will be complex due
to contextual factors such as cultural diversity, geography, history,
socio economics and politics. However, we are committed to
addressing corruption for the betterment of Papua New Guinea.
The Commission cannot combat corruption alone. We will encourage
and prioritize fostering cooperation across government departments,
anti-corruption agencies, and the private sector. We also welcome
the support of the people of Papua New Guinea.
We are new to this wonderful country. Even though we bring with us
the benefit of a wealth of experience in our respective fields, we will
be mindful of the cultural differences in different parts of the country.
Today Graham, Daniel and I are committed to serving the people to
the very best of our abilities. We very much look forward to serving
as Commissioners, and at the end of our tenure being able to look
back proudly on our contribution to the betterment of this country.
God Bless Papua New Guinea!