Parliament 2020

Speaker overrules adjournment motion

On the 13th of November, the Vanimo-Green MP and Opposition Leader moved an adjournment motion to adjourn Parliament to the 1st of December.

While his motion was rebutted by Leader of Government Business and Finschhafen MP, Rainbo Paita, who said motions can only be moved by the Leader of Government Business, Deputy Speaker Koni Iguan ruled to entertain his motion after consulting with the Clerk of Parliament.

Ministers cross to Opposition

A total nine Ministers, including Attorney General Davis Steven, Minister for Health, Sir Puka Temu, Foreign Affairs Minister, Patrick Pruaitch, Immigration Minister, Westley Nukundj, Correctional Service Minister, Chris Nangoi, State Owned Enterprise Minister, Sasindran Muthuvel, Minister for Labour, Lekwa Gure, and Minister for Lands, Justin Tkatchenko, have shifted to the other side of the House.

Parliament has now been adjourned to December 1, 2020.

More updates to follow.

K5.6bn economic stimulus package announced

Speaking in Parliament this afternoon, Treasurer Ian Ling-Stuckey said: “This is the largest economic stimulus package in our history because this is the greatest economic and social challenge in our history.

“The package is based on smart economic stimulus options with minimum impacts on the budget and maximum gains for our people and economy. The package is based on five principles and has six key components. Further announcements on measures will be made in coming days.

Marape urges MPs to work together

Prime Minister James Marape, when welcoming the MPs, urged them to work together and serve the people to the best of their ability.

Marape is confident that 2020 will be the year of transformation and implementation.

When welcoming the Members of Parliament at the first session, Marape urged them to work together in a unified spirit and serve the people well.

The Prime Minister also urged the leaders to focus on their main responsibility and that is to lead the people with distinction and abstain from corrupt practices.