Parliament pays respects to late Sir Reuben

Before the first sitting for 2018 moved its formal business, Speaker Charlie Benjamin announced the passing of Sir Reuben on December 10th 2017.

Sir Reuben was the Open Member for the Rigo-Abau Open in the Third House of Assembly and First Parliament from 1972 to 1977.

During his tenure as an Open MP, Sir Ruebn was appointed Minister for Health from 1972 – 1974, Minister for Education from 1974 – 1976, and then Minister for Information and Broadcasting in 1976.

Sir Mekere queries PM on loan arrangements

This will allow local companies to bid for infrastructure projects funded through loan financing.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said this in Parliament yesterday afternoon.

The Prime Minister made the statement when questioned by Moresby North-West MP, Sir Mekere Morauta, about the loan arrangements with the Chinese Government.

Sir Mekere asked the Prime Minister how much debt has the Government accrued through loans with the Chinese Government.

Opposition ready to debate 2018 Budget

Shadow Minister for Treasury and Finance, Ian Ling-Stuckey, in a statement said last year the O'Neill government, lacking the usual transparency, did not allow proper debate on the 2017 budget.

"We stand ready to judge the success of the 2018 budget and urge government to give the Opposition opportunity to measure its merits.

"Government should not trivialise the most important of this annual policy statement by rushing it through because a budget translates policies into concrete actions by providing resources.

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Hela Governor confident to change province

He said a priority area his administration will be embarking on is the landowner benefits the government is yet to release to them.

Undialu added that so far, more than 300 shipments of LNG have been exported overseas but landowners are yet to receive their royalties.

He said the delay is also on the landowners, who are yet to fix the clan vetting and access their royalties.

Undialu further reiterated that the ‘gun surrender’ program in Hela will continue in order to maintain investor confidence and peace in the province.

PM appoints Caretaker Cabinet

By virtue of the powers conferred by Section 148 of the Constitution, O’Neill appointed an eight men cabinet for a period of two weeks.

The eight including himself will run the affairs of the country before the first parliament sitting.

The eight include:

ENB members-elect show solidarity

In a show of solidarity and unity, the elected MPs on Sunday attended a church service at the Reimuela United Church at Tavui, Rabaul district.

All the five ENBP members-elect came together for Sunday service regardless of party affiliations.

Gazelle elect MP Jelta Wong told Loop PNG that unity among the ENB leaders is what will be driving them forward.

“I want to show my support for Dr Marat with Governor-elect Nakikus Konga.

“We believe in the unity of the province,” says Wong.

“For so long we have been divided.”

​26 seats declared so far

Among the 26 declared seats are hot seats Ialibu-Pangia Open, Bulolo Open and Kavieng Open.

Prime Minister and Member-elect for Ialibu-Pangia, Peter O’Neill, was declared on July 15 while PANGU Party leader Sam Basil was declared as the Member-elect for Bulolo Open the next day. 

The political party with the highest number of members declared so far is People’s National Congress (PNC) Party with 10 followed by PANGU Party (5) and National Alliance (4).

Juffa calls on newly elected MPs to promote people’s interest

Juffa, in a statment advised the newly elected MPs to immediately secure a copy of the Public Finance Management Act and Financial Instructions, Public Service Management Act and Public Service General Orders and Criminal Code as well as all laws pertaining to the management of public funds.

"Many MPs do not realize that they are fund managers and do not own these funds. They must expand them responsibly in accordance with the laws and at all times with the people’s interests foremost.

Judiciary presents report to Government

Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia presented the report to Governor-General Bob Dadae today at the government house.

He said the judiciary would want to see the report tabled in parliament, through the office of the speaker, for debate because that is the only avenue for the courts to report on its activities to the public and the people of Papua New Guinea.