Budget cut

We cannot dwell on budget cut: CS

“This is the stark reality that we are faced with. We have to try and make do with what we have,” Commissioner for CS, Michael Waipo, said in an interview with this newsroom.

He said there have been some instances where the institution was called into Court about human rights issues as well as trying to prepare staff adequately to address those issues to help minimise cost problems.

“Staff will need to be made aware of the issue and be prepared for it.”

PM clarifies police budget cut

“We’ve got some issues in the police modernisation program that was one area that was cut, because some questions need to be answered about how the program is going, whether we are achieving the targets of police housing and modernising all our police stations around the country and equipping them properly.

“In fact, we spent hundreds of millions of kina in that project so those are areas we need to tighten up.”

However, the PM said the cut should not be taken literally.