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Bal Kama

Dr Bal Kama is a practicing lawyer and academic. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Politics/International Relations) and a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the University of Canberra, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Sydney College of Law and a PhD in law from the Australia National University College of Law. His PhD thesis on the relationship between the arms of government under the Papua New Guinea Constitution was awarded the 2020 Hank Nelson Prize for the best PhD thesis internationally on PNG. Specialising in public law and governance, his views on Pacific affairs have appeared in leading forums and media platforms.


Articles by Bal Kama (8)

  • No confidence vote: Showdown in PNG politics

    In less than 24 hours, Papua New Guineans will know the fate of  Prime Minister Peter O’Neill when the national parliament sits for a vote of no-confidence. There are three possible scenarios: O'Neill may survive the vote; he may opt to relinquish the nation’s highest office to a colleague; or, worse, he will be deposed unexpectedly in the manner of some of his predecessors.
  • Students against PNG's Prime Minister: A bloody struggle

    The fight against Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill reached a new level with last week’s shooting of unarmed university students. The worldwide media attention this generated has prompted some to comment that PNG is once again making headlines for 'all the wrong reasons'. Others have reflected on the implications for those likely to be PNG's future leaders. Last month, I described the students as ‘resolute in their cause for justice'.
  • Standoff in PNG: Students take on PM Peter O'Neill

    Students at the University of Papua New Guinea are the latest in a long list of those in the firing line for denouncing the leadership of PNG’s seemingly impregnable Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. The students have been on strike against the government since the end of last month. Students from the University of Technology and Divine Word University are also boycotting classes.
  • A victory over corruption in PNG

    The fight against corruption in PNG reached a milestone last week when the PNG National Court sentenced Paul Tiensten, a former senior minister and current parliamentarian, to nine years imprisonment with hard labour for misappropriating A$4 million of public funds. It was the most severe penalty any PNG court has ever given to a convicted corrupt public official since PNG's independence.