Urgent need to police the common border

The need for police and immigration presence at our common border with neighbours Papua New Guinea is urgent than even. Right now, the border was left unattended by these responsible authorities. While historically people living on both sides of the border were blood related, this does not mean cross-border activities should be allowed to go…

Council must clean up its backyard

SOMETHING is not right within the Honiara City Council. And it needs to be fixed. Urgently! Our front page story today rigs of the corruption that has permeated our government system over the years. When mayor Alfrence Fatai came into the council late last year, he reportedly uncovered corruption in the way contracts have been…

Why MSG must stand with West Papua

NEWS coming from the troubled and enclosed nation of West Papua over the weekend are historic. Indonesian president Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo granted clemency to five political prisoners who have been serving various jail terms for their alleged role in a raid on an Indonesian Armed Forces weapons arsenal in Wamena on 4 April 2003. The…

Time to say enough is enough

THE Parliamentary Entitlements Commission (PEC) is at it again. As though they have not awarded enough yet to the Members of Parliament, this year PEC has given the MPs tax free salaries, life-time pension, and a 3.5% pay rise. It was only two years ago that PEC increased MPs terminal grant from $100,000 to $400,000.…

The kind of laws we need

PARLIAMENT on Wednesday passed the Fisheries Management Bill in its second reading. Members of Parliament who participated in the debate spoke highly of the bill and its intention. This is a bill that has taken officials in the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources several years to put together. So it was a well-thought out…

Solomon Airline: answers please!

MAY we repeat it again! Solomon Airlines board and management owe this nation an explanation as to why it suddenly sacked chief pilot Gibson Galo and demoted its chief engineer Trevor Palmer. The decision may be an internal company matter. But it only fuel speculation as to the future of this State-Owned Enterprise. Already rumours…

MPs’ benefits keep increasing

THE legalise enrichment of our Members of Parliament continues to go unabated. It was only two years ago that MPs were awarded a cool $400,000 non-taxable terminal grant that they received at the end of each term in parliament. That’s besides the numerous benefits they get during their term. This week, the public woke up…

Addressing Kukum’s traffic jam

THE Honiara City Council has indefinitely closed down the central market for repair. This is a welcomed decision. The market has been in operation for the last 15 or so years since the Japanese government built and handed over the facility to the council. It has never undergone any major refurbishment. The decision to close…

Rest in peace innocent one!

A PHOTO of a fully-formed dead baby was posted on social media yesterday. It was a gruesome and heart-breaking photo of an innocent child who, unfortunately, was not given a chance to have a go in life. Police believed the baby – eight to nine months old and freshly delivered – had been pulled out…