Nixon Philip Duban is a Papua New Guinean politician. He was a
People's National Congress member of the National Parliament of Papua
New Guinea from 2012 until he was unseated by court decision in 2013
and again from a 2013 by-election until 2017. He was Minister for
Police (August 2012 to June 2013 and January 2014 to February 2014),
Minister for Petroleum and Energy (February 2014 to January 2016),
Minister for Transport and Infrastructure (January 2016 to July 2016)
and Minister for Petroleum and Energy (July 2016 until August 2016) in
the government of Peter O'Neill.
Prior to entering politics, Duban was the president of the student
wing of the People's Progress Party, general secretary of the People's
National Congress and an executive officer to Prime Minister Peter
O'Neill. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the same seat
at the 2007 election.
Duban was elected to the National Parliament on his second attempt at
the 2012 election, and was promoted to Minister for Police in
O'Neill's post-election Cabinet reshuffle. As minister, he
launched the Police Modernisation Concept, which saw K200 million
additional funding to improve police vehicles, infrastructure and
other logistics. On 3 June 2013, the National Court declared his
2012 victory null and void after finding that he had engaged in
bribery and undue influence during the campaign, ordering a
by-election in his seat. The Police Association responded by
thanking Duban for his "foresight and vision" as minister and stating
that their membership were "very grateful".
Duban won the by-election in December 2013, returned to parliament,
and was reinstated as Minister for Police a month later.
Several of his opponents had criticised the government for promising
Duban a guaranteed position in Cabinet if he were to be returned, and
having Prime Minister O'Neill retain Duban's former police portfolio
in an acting capacity until after the by-election. In February
2014, he was promoted to Minister for Petroleum and Energy after the
dumping of William Duma. He signed the development license for the
Stanley gas condensate project in May. In June 2014, he suggested
that Papua New Guinea should pass legislation to regulate social media
in the country because "opportunists and social media freaks are
abusing these freedoms and rights".
In October 2014, after a prolonged court-ordered recount of the 2013
by-election results, Duban was affirmed as having been duly
re-elected. In November 2014, election petitioner Bryan Kramer was
arrested on charges of conspiring to kill Duban, though these were
dismissed in June 2015. In January 2016, Duban was shifted to
the position of Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, but was
moved back to Minister for Petroleum and Energy that July.
At the 2017 election, Duban lost his seat to Bryan Kramer, who had
lodged the court petition that had unseated him back in 2013.
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National Parliament of Papua New Guinea
Member for Madang Open