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Paga Hill was a quiet seaside community in Port Moresby. In 2012, developers moved in and forcibly evicted the residents to make way for a luxury tourist resort. 

Over two years, police evicted the entire community of three thousand people, destroyed their homes and upended their lives. The police acted on court orders obtained by the Paga Hill Development Company, a company with Australian connections.

In 2021, Jubilee Australia published a joint report with Aid/Watch: Haus Bagarap, Hevi Kamap (Homes Destroyed, Livelihoods Lost). The report traces the impact of the demolitions and the evictions on the displaced community of Paga Hill. 

The report makes a compelling case for justice for evicted residents, and shows why future land grabs must be stopped.


Hollie Fifer's documentary The Opposition follows Joe Moses, leader of the Paga Hill community of 3000 people. Battling it out in the courts, Moses tries to save his community from being replaced with a five-star hotel and marina.

“The story of Paga Hill should be seen as a cautionary tale, a warning for others to prepare for forced development in Papua New Guinea. To be one step ahead of what’s coming.”