More than 80 Government MPs leave for Alotau

More than 80 Members of Parliament (MPs) from the Government bench left for Milne Bay Province this morning.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill told the media at the Jackson’s airport that since the formation of the Government, they haven’t had the opportunity to sit down and discuss their programs with their coalition partners and Members.

“So this is a good opportunity to do that.

“This is not about numbers game. We are going down there to discuss our work program for the next 12 months before the elections.”

Treasury Minister and National Alliance Party Leader, Patrick Pruaitch, said: “The NA is all about stability and we believe in stability.

“We are here to protect our Government. We are going down to Alotau to consolidate and look at our work programs for the coming months.

“We have seen what stability has done for the country. We now need to demonstrate that in a genuine manner.”

Currently, there are 91 MPs in the Government, said Finance Minister and Leader of Government Business, James Marape.

The MPs will be in Alotau for three days.

(Members of Parliament from the Government bench with Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, second left, ready to board the flight bound for Milne Bay Province this morning.)


Carmella Gware