Juffa tables reports on Bangladeshi syndicate

The tabled reports allege the existence of collusion between the alleged syndicate and Labour Department officials to enter the country on illegal work permits.

Juffa first raised the issue with Labour Minister, Benjamin Poponawa, in Parliament last week, in which the Minister denied having any knowledge of the syndicate and said he would instruct the department to look into it.

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Schools must not collect any fees: Kuman warns

Kuman was responding to Okapa MP Isaac Waigavara during the Questions without Notice today in Parliament.

Waigavara asked the Education Minister to clarify the fees that were being imposed by schools which make parents confused before the beginning of the academic year.

However, Kuman in response said the Government had advice all the headmasters and principles of all the schools across the country that no fees must be collected from the students because the government is paying for all the fees.

Parliament resumes today

Prime Minister Peter O’Neil said the session will focus on the first readings of the electoral legislations to increase the nomination fees and decreasing the campaign period from eight to four weeks.

O’Neill made the announcement on Monday at the inaugural National Press Club in Port Moresby.

Other bills to be tabled include ICAC and Ombudsman, as well as others.

The parliament will then be adjourned for its last session in March and then recess for the 2017 National elections until the formation of the new government in September.

Gelu hopes revised law is passed

Despite being approved by the National Executive Council (NEC) in 2014 after a review of the OLIPPAC beginning in 2012, the revised law is yet to pass the floor of Parliament.

In October, last year, the revised law appeared on the business paper however a lack of numbers on the floor of Parliement failed to see the law passed.

Parliament to resume on Jan 24 with crucial Bills on agenda

Parliament will be in recess for the 2017 National Elections until the formation of the new government in September.

The main Bills to be addressed during this remaining parliament session will include the increased nomination fees and the reduced campaign period.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill told Parliament in August last year that the election cost is increasing yearly and the PNG Electoral Commission must find a way to help subsidise the cost.

He said increasing the nomination fees for candidates is an area the government is looking into.   

Treasurer clears confusion on Appropriation Bill

Pruaitch issued a statement after confusion arose from the Opposition about the figures in the Appropriation Bill for 2017.

“These are the figures provided in my budget address, last week and included in Volume 2 and 3 of the budget documents released in Parliament, which uses standardised Government Financial Statistics 1986 data,” Pruaitch said.

Duma slaps Wingti in Parliament Chamber

MPs present in the Chamber were shocked as they witnessed something most  unusual happened.

Hagen MP and State Enterprises Minister William Duma walked straight to Western Highlands Governor and former Prime Minister Paias Wingti and slapped him on the face and walked off.

The motive behind Duma’s action's are not known.

Members beside Wingti had to walked over and comfort him.

Wingti, however, was so embarrassed he left the Chamber.

Government passed 2017 Budget

The budget was passed 75-0.

This will be the fifth consecutive budget by the O’Neill led Government and the last budget in this term of Parliament before the national election.

The 2017 Budget is set at K12,965.4 million against a revenue envelope of K11,088.8 million.

This comprise of K9,182.2 million in tax revenue, K1,045.3 million in grants and K1,245.7 million from other sources of revenue.

However, Opposition Leader Don Polye debated and termed the 2017 budget as a scam to defraud the people of this nation.

Rural areas at risk of HIV spreading

This is one of the key findings in the 2015 Inquiry Report on the status of HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea.

It was revealed by West New Britain Governor and Chairman of the Special Parliamentary Committee on HIV/AIDS Advocacy, Sasindran Muthuvel, in Parliament yesterday.

“HIV/AIDS fury is far reaching and rampant in the remote rural communities while many people lack knowledge and risks of how HIV/AIDS is spreading and blamed AIDS related deaths to sorcery.