Opposition Leader Belden Namah today called upon the Government to ensure foreign advisors operating within strategic government agencies are not compromising the country’s national security.
Additionally, in a media release today, Mr Namah singled out Australian advisors in the very strategic offices.
Further, they include offices of the Commander of the PNG Defence Force, Police Commissioner, the Departments of Treasury, National Planning and Monitoring, Finance and the National Statistics Office.
We treasure the traditional and enduring ties we have with Australia. At the same time, we must remind ourselves and our bilateral and multilateral partners that we are also a Sovereign, Independent State.
We must closely guard our National Security, our Financial Security and our Information Systems.
Furthermore, he said, Australia would not allow Papua New Guineans or any other nationalities to serve and or to walk about freely in the Office of the Australian Prime Minister or any other offices.
Neither will it allow advisors of other nationalities within its financial and statistics offices to freely access any information which they deemed State secrets.
“State secrets pertaining to our National Security, Financial Security and National Statistics and any other such information must always be handled by nationals. That is with the highest security clearances and sworn to secrecy.
“Australia granted PNG its Independence 46 years ago. Let us not go back to being a colony again,”