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Shadow Treasurer warns Government

Lelang when responding to the 2022 Money Plan delivered last week, said the 2022 Budget  cannot be implemented because it is based on unrealistic and overly ambitious macroeconomic assumptions.

“Further, it has kept a substantial amount of funding within Waigani.

“This questions the transparency and the integrity of the 2022 Budget. Moreover, critical sectors like the economy, law and order and education and health are given lower priority compared to Administration and Miscellaneous.”

Gov’t to continue to support Health sector

Treasurer, Ian Ling-Stuckey when delivering the 2022 National Budget last Thursday, also highlighted that the Government will continue to support public health including environmental health, good Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) practices and the promotion of nutrition initiatives and the Healthy Island Concept or Smart Community Concept.

 

He said health is a key determinant of economic growth and is essential to the country’s development agenda.

 

Solomons govt to conduct test lockdown of national capital

In a statement on Friday the government said the lockdown was necessary given the surge of the deadly COVID-19 delta variant globally.

It said this was especially important as the country prepares for a limited re-opening of incoming flights which have been suspended for weeks because of worsening delta outbreaks in neighbouring countries.

It said Cabinet has approved the trial of the revised Lock-down plan for the Honiara Emergency Zone through a 36-hour lockdown from 6pm on Sunday 29th August to 6am Tuesday 31 August 2021.

PNGNRLC Upholds Measures

The global pandemic affected PNG’s sporting fraternity, with stringent COVID-19 protocols taking a toll on sports facilities and competitions in the country.

The PNG National Rugby League Competition had to stop its affiliated clubs from running its competitions.

PNGNRLC Chairman, Adrian Chow said they were collaborating with the Government in doing their bit in supporting COVID-19 key messages and creating awareness in venues and competitions.

Government signs Deed of Agreement with FFI

In another bold move to "Take Back PNG", the Government signed the 'Deed of Agreement' yesterday with Australian company Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), the world’s fourth largest producer of iron ore.

 

The Minister for State Enterprises William Duma and Founder/Owner of FMG Dr Andrew Forrest, signed the instrument, witnessed and co-signed by Prime Minister, James Marape and FMG CEO Julie Suttleworth.

 

Pruaitch joins Marape-Steven Government

Pruaitch made the announcement today witnessed by Prime Minister James Marape and other Government Ministers and MPs.

National Alliance party had 19 members in the National Parliament. ,

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PM acknowledges Opposition numbers

On Tuesday, the Government used its numerical strength to outplay the Parliamentary process and procedures of a motion to remove the Speaker of Parliament.

After that, Speaker Job Pomat allowed a motion to adjourn the house to May 28th.

Following the Parliament session PM O’Neill said the Opposition has tested their numbers and they are very happy that they have a good number to hold the Government to account.

Schools affected by Parliament sitting

Most primary schools visited this morning either had no classes or had dismissed students before 10am.

Students from Ted Diro Primary School said they were sent home early but will have normal classes on Wednesday.

Police personnel were also seen on foot patrol around the city, conducting random checks.

The road to the Parliament from the National Court as well as from the International Convention Centre was blocked off.

NIPG to effect Road Traffic Act changes

This comes after its Provincial Executive Council meeting on the 26th of February took note of the Road Traffic Act of 2014, in particular the schedule of fees and effects of legislative changes.

Governor and PEC Chairman Sir Julius Chan directed all relevant stakeholders, including Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited and Road Transport Authority, to commence dialogue on the proposed Memorandum of Agreement between the New Ireland Government and the Road Traffic Authority.

Fiji opposition says govt evading being served with legal papers

SODELPA and the National Federation Party had 24 hours to serve all FijiFirst MPs with the legal papers as part of their action disputing last month's election results.

SODELPA MP Lynda Tabuya said bailiffs had been trying to serve the papers on the MPs at the office of the Attorney General but had not been allowed in.

She said some of the MPs had spent the night in the offices and food had been supplied throughout the day.