INVESTIGATION ON FOREIGN CONSULTATION PAYMENTS ONGOING

The investigation into a report about foreign consultants engaged by the National Judicial Staff Services receiving millions of kina worth of payments is ongoing and has not yet been completed.
Justice Minister Bryan Kramer revealed the status of the investigation upon a series of questions by Rabaul MP Dr Allan Marat during Question Time in Parliament yesterday.
On January 27 this year, Minister Kramer released a statement regarding payments worth millions of kina being paid in Australian dollars to foreign nationals employed as consultants by the NJSS.
It was alleged that some are paid K200 million a year and receive twice to trice the salary of National and Supreme Court judges as well as the government ministers, including the Prime Minister.
Dr Marat asked Mr Kramer if the investigations have commenced and for its outcome if it has been completed.
He further questioned if the payments are consistent with the Government of PNG’s salary scale and whether or not the relevant government agencies are doing anything to address it.
Minister Kramer in response said the investigations are ongoing to determine whether administrative and legislative guidelines are complied with in accordance with the awarding of the contracts.
“Investigations are not complete as yet but once it is done, the decision will be made as to what course of action will be taken,” Mr Kramer said.
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