Ian Ling-Stuckey

Shadow Treasurer offers peace deal to Abel

Ian Ling-Stuckey wishes to present a unified front to the countries attending APEC however, for this to happen, he has asked for three pieces of verified information to increase the people’s confidence in some recent economic claims.

“First, going to the heart of budget honesty, can you release a statement of how much has been received as of 30 September 2018 from the National Fisheries Agency?” Ling-Stuckey said.

Govt’s sovereign bond option ‘risky’

The Shadow Minister for Treasury and Finance, Ian Ling-Stuckey, said the Treasurer is not admitting that a sovereign bond is now the wrong path for fixing the foreign exchange crisis crippling PNG’s economic growth.

Ling-Stuckey was responding to the Deputy PM and Treasurer, Charles Abel’s trip after leading the international roadshow to market PNG’s first ever sovereign bond.

Free health policy questioned

Basing his statement on a recent World Bank report, Ian Ling-Stuckey said one of the great mistruths of the People’s National Congress government is the claim that they have introduced a new free health care policy.

Aust visa requirements discriminatory: PM

He said this when responding to Kavieng MP, Ian Ling-Stuckey, why there were more Pacific Islanders taking up the Seasonal Workers Program than Papua New Guineans.

The Prime Minister said one of the issues affecting the country’s participation in the program was the visa issue.

The Kavieng MP said since the inception of the Seasonal Workers Program in 2008, PNG participation has not increased, compared with the other Pacific Island nations.

Fiscal outlook false, misleading: Ling-Stuckey

The Shadow Treasurer said this in Parliament on Tuesday when asking the Treasurer, Charles Abel, on funding earmarked for health services, which Ling-Stuckey claims have not been released.

He also called the revenue forecasts in the 2018 Budget as fake.

The Shadow Treasurer once again questioned the credibility of the figures the Government presented, this time in the 2018 MYEFO Report.

He asked Abel to confirm or deny that the Government was struggling to generate revenue to meet its commitments, claiming health services are not being met.

Water transport infrastructure unsupported: MP

This was the statement issued by the Kavieng District Development Authority at the grand launching of several banana boats and 40 HP engines at Bagail beachfront in Kavieng town last Thursday.

Shadow Treasurer and Member for Kavieng, Ian Ling-Stuckey, said water transport received only K13 million in 2017, only 2 percent of all transport sector spending, while road transport received 81 percent and air transport 17 percent of transport funding.

Labour mobility included in Kavieng’s plan

The announcement was made at the launching and handover-takeover of a 3.5 tonne truck at the Lakurumau Primary School in the Tikana LLG area last week by the Member for Kavieng and Shadow Treasurer, Ian Ling-Stuckey.

“The seasonal worker program seems to be a win-win-win-win policy for all four stakeholders, the PNG worker, the Australian employer and both the PNG and Australian governments,” Ling-Stuckey stated.

Shadow minister concerned with economic findings

“Economic academics from both the University of Papua New Guinea and the Australian National University say that the PNG economy had negative growth of 5.9 percent in 2015 in the non-resource sections of the economy,” Ling-Stuckey said in a statement.

“This is an extraordinary result confirming the economy went badly backwards. It would confirm what business people and the people of PNG have known for years – 2015 was a year of severe recession in PNG.

Govt's 100 Day Plan failure: Opposition

Shadow Minister and Kavieng MP, Ian Ling-Stuckey, said audited accounts for SOEs and Statutory Authorities, for the 2017 financial year, were not tabled in Parliament by June.

“This was Point 19 of the plan – and becomes yet another broken promise. The Alternative Government would fulfil this promise as it is vital for helping to re-build confidence in the PNG economy,” said the Shadow Treasurer, Ling-Stuckey.

Govt’s intention queried

Opposition Member and Kavieng MP, Ian Ling-Stuckey, told Parliament last week that the Act attracted public criticism since it came into operation in April 2018.

Ling-Stuckey, who is also the Shadow Minister for Treasury & Finance, said the PMMR Act received much opposition from affected state entities, including the National Fisheries Authority, PNG Forest Authority, the PNG Chamber of Mines and most recently, the National Information & Communications Technology Authority.