10th Parliament

PM acknowledges Opposition numbers

On Tuesday, the Government used its numerical strength to outplay the Parliamentary process and procedures of a motion to remove the Speaker of Parliament.

After that, Speaker Job Pomat allowed a motion to adjourn the house to May 28th.

Following the Parliament session PM O’Neill said the Opposition has tested their numbers and they are very happy that they have a good number to hold the Government to account.

VIDEO: Parliament Opening ceremony

The opening ceremony included a 21 gun salute and a guard of honour from the PNGDF soldiers.


Freddy Mou with more 

Komal appointed Deputy Speaker

Komal was nominated by Finance Minister James Marape and was seconded by Education Minister Nick Kuman.

The Opposition also nominated John Simon. He was nominated by Deputy Opposition Leader Sam Basil, seconded by Sinasina-Yongumugl MP Kerenga Kua.

After the secret ballot papers were distributed, Komal collected 57 votes while Simon collected 47.

A total of 104 secret ballot papers were distributed.

Meanwhile, the Parliament ha.sd been adjourned to Sept 26 at 2pm.

GG calls for accountability from MPs

Officially opening the 10th Parliament this morning, Sir Bob told the MPs that personal integrity, sense of duty and conduct must be above reproach.

“Hence, my encouragement to all new and continuing Parliamentarians is; uphold the laws of our land as stipulated in the National Constitution, the rule of law, and respect systems, procedures and processes to strengthen and enhance existing institutions that govern our very existence.

GG officially opens 10th Parliament

The opening ceremony included a 21 gun salute and a guard of honor from PNGDF soldiers.

The program started at 8am with the arrival of Speaker Job Pomat and his wife, Opposition leader Patrick Pruaitch with his wife, Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia and the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill along with his wife.

Governor General Sir Bob Dadae arrived and inspected the guard of honor before entering the chamber to officially open the 10th Parliament session.

The opening ceremony proceeded with all the MPs present.

First Parliament session tomorrow

James Marape, who will continue to serve as the Leader of Government Business for the second successive term, continuing from 2012, says Parliament will use the session as the opening ceremony.

“We will have the opening ceremony and adjourn to 12th of September to give time for Government to prepare its businesses that will include a supplementary budget that government is looking into.”

He said one of the priority agenda to be tabled during the Parliament session is the Independent Commission Against Corruption bill.