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PNG Energy Minister Resigns Following Domestic Violence Charges in Australia

 Papua New Guinea Petroleum and Energy Minister, Jimmy Maladina, announced his decision to step down from his role following his arrest on Saturday by police in Sydney, Australia. Maladina faces charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in the Bondi suburb.

Prime Minister James Marape confirmed Maladina’s decision in a statement, indicating that an acting minister will be appointed to continue Maladina’s work. Marape emphasized the importance of avoiding speculation regarding the incident.

Papua New Guinea Petroleum and Energy Minister, Jimmy Maladina
Papua New Guinea Petroleum and Energy Minister, Jimmy Maladina

New South Wales police reported that officers responded to a domestic dispute call at 10 am on Saturday, July 6, at an address on Imperial Avenue in Bondi. A 31-year-old woman was found with facial injuries, allegedly caused by a confrontation with the 58-year-old Maladina. He was arrested and charged at Waverley Police Station and granted conditional bail to appear in Waverley Local Court on Thursday, July 11.

In his statement, Maladina acknowledged the Prime Minister's advice for him to step aside while the legal proceedings are ongoing. He expressed that violence, whether perpetrated by a man or a woman, is intolerable. Maladina assured the public of his commitment to integrity and transparency throughout this process.

Prime Minister Marape noted his appreciation for Maladina’s decision to step aside, emphasizing the importance of respecting due process and maintaining high standards of governance.

East Sepik Governor Allan Bird expressed his embarrassment over Maladina's arrest and sympathy for the victim. Bird highlighted the broader issue of violence against women in Papua New Guinea and underscored the significance of maintaining high standards for public officials.

Bird acknowledged Marape’s efforts to address gender-based violence through the Special Permanent Committee, emphasizing the need for accountability and higher standards among government ministers.

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