Parliament failed again today to muster numbers to pass the Equal Participation Bill for women. The house voted voted 67 - 7 for the bill. The only female MP, Dame Carol Kidu, with MPs from
the Somare faction where not present in parliament for today's vote
which would have guaranteed 22 seats for female parliamentarians. Leader of government business Moses Maladina says the government will take the bill up to parliament again at another date.