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The main discussion for the session will be the 20-18 National Budget. 


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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.

Workers call for political voice in Parliament

They say for too long, the concerns of all workers in PNG have continuously been suppressed both by the government, Government agencies, employer organisations and major developers in PNG.

COWU is made up of over 10 Unions throughout the country from different sectors including maritime, communications, energy, police, correctional services, teachers, nurses and airlines.

On behalf of the Unions, PNGCWU president Nuq Mamtirin said it is strange to see and experience the hardships that all citizen workers are facing including health insurance and housing.

I am better educated than you: Kuman tells Juffa

This was the response from the Minister for Education Nick Kuman to Gary Juffa during question time in Parliament this morning.

Juffa raised a point of order after South Bougainville MP Timothy Masiu questioned the Minister for the roll out of the Tuition Fee Free (TFF) in the Autonomous region of Bougainville.

Juffa said children have been leaving schools especially boarding schools because the TFF funds were not reaching the schools on time and the policy was not working.

Parliament suspended due to lack of quorum

Speaker Theo Zurenuoc suspended Parliament at 2:30pm because only two Members of Parliament was in the chambers.

Lae MP Loujaya Kouza and Central Governor Kila Haida were the MPs present.

Parliament will resume at 10am tomorrow for the final Sitting of the 9th Parliament before the country goes to the polls.

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