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Peter O’Neill remains Prime Minister of PNG

After a battle of words from both sides of the House the Speaker Theo Zurenuoc called for the vote to be taken.

The Opposition argued that the Speaker did not give them the chance to debate on the issues but moved quickly to vote for the motion.

O’Neill now remains the Prime minister until the 2017 National elections.

Parliament has been adjourned to August 9.

More to come...

Parliament to resume this Friday

This is in compliance with the Order of the Supreme Court of Justice (SCC[OS]) No. 3 of 2016 dated July 12.

The Supreme Court ordered the speaker to recall parliament within 5 days, including today, to have the motion of no-confidence introduced, debate and voted on as a matter of national importance and urgency.

An order was also made to the clerk of parliament to place the notice of motion of no-confidence against the Prime Minister as the first item of business of parliament on the first day of sitting.

Court: Recall parliament within 5 days

An order was also made to the clerk of parliament to place the notice of motion of no-confidence against the Prime Minister as the first item of business of parliament on the first day of sitting.

In a unanimous decision, Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia, Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika and Justice Collin Makail granted a declaration that the motion of no-confidence against the Prime Minister complied with technical requirements of section 145 of the Constitution and Standing Orders 22 and 130.

Ongoing students’ issues hit the floor of parliament

The debate was started by Opposition Leader Don Polye who said the unfounded allegations by the government that the Opposition is behind the university students were all lies.

He said the misperception that the Opposition members have put words into the student body is utterly false.

“It is very difficult to influence highly educated people who have been educated and have knowledge of general matters that affects their livelihood in the present time and in future,” Polye told Parliament.

Zeming: Fisheries laws must be reviewed

Around 18% of the world’s total tuna stock is found in PNG’s 2.5 million square kilometre Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Annually, about three-quarters of a million tonnes of tuna are caught in PNG waters.

Much of the growth in the fisheries sector is taking place near Lae, where four new plants are planned for Malahang, with broad support from the provincial government and landowners.

House Committee rejects vote of no-confidence

Regardless of  a Point of Order, attempts from the Opposition bench, acting Speaker and chairman of the Permanent Parliamentary Committee on Private Business Aide Ganasi did not entertain them.

Ganasi in his statement told Parliament that the motion lacked the number of signatures under section 145 of the Constitution.

According to law the number of signatures on the motion must be 11.

However, the Opposition has only 9 signatures on the motion.

Provision allows for extra payment, Sir Puka says

Public Service Minister Sir Puka Temu told Parliament during question time today.

Sir Puka was responding to question without notice from Chuave MP Wera Mori.

Mori asked why senior public servants negotiating in the Wafi-Golpu Project paid themselves extra allowances amounting over a million kina.

"With no successful completion of the project why were bonus paid?"

Sir Puka said to look into the allegation raised because payment are made after negotiations are completed, but he added that provision does allow for extra payment.

O’Neill: I will resign if I received a financial benefit

When responding to Polye’s question during Question Time in today’s Parliament session, on why he (O’Neill) should not allow the police to clear him, O’Neill in a defensive tone said he could not, on a political witch hunt subject himself to such ridicule to undermine the office of the Prime Minister and set the precedence.

However, he stated in Parliament that: “ If there is evidence that I have received one financial benefit I will resign tomorrow.”

Vanuatu by-election to be called following the death of Havo Moli

Havo Moli was the leader of the Nagriamel movement and the sole MP for the Malo/Aore constituency.

His death means there will be a by-election less than a month since Vanuatu went to the polls for the snap election.

ABC reports the death of Moli will not affect the balance of power in the Vanuatu parliament.

Opposition urges Speaker to recall Parliament

In a press conference today Opposition leader Don Polye said under the Constitution, any decision to recalling of Parliament is a prerogative of the cabinet.

However, given the situation, Polye said the Speaker and Governor-General must discuss the option with the Prime Minister.

He said these are times the leaders need to think outside of the box in the best interest of the country.