EOIN BLACKWELL | AAP | Extract
Kerenga Kua has told a law seminar in Port Moresby lawyers are using their skills and education to rip off the country.
"I don't want to pick figures out of the blue," the National reported him as saying on Friday.
"I think in the last six years or so, lawyers would have been involved and assisted in committing fraud against the state that could be easily estimated to be close to kina 1 billion."
Mr Kua was speaking on the subject of ethics and court etiquette at the PNG Law society.
He said some of PNG's 1,100 registered lawyers were failing the rules of ethical or professional conduct.
Mr Kua said the fight against corruption in PNG is going slowly because of a lack of resources.
"We cannot move on everybody because of the limited resources and skills that are available to the government," he said.
He added the government will act in the coming weeks and months to clean up the legal landscape.
"All the talking has got to come to a stop one day," he said.