By NEWMAN CUTHBERT
I was of the view that you needed to do a small amendment to the PNG constitution to enable a Governor General to run for a second term.
The wording of Somare motion that the house resolves to have Matane continue in the position I thought is actually seeking parliament’s endorsement of Matane’s nominations one of the candidates for the post.
Only after parliament agreed to that motion by Somare which was seconded by Temu that the house should move to the second part of the voting process which is the exhaustive secret ballot.
They made the changes in the party room and took it to parliament to make the announcement for the good of all Australians.
They did it for the good of the country and brought home that age old message that government is the people and by the people.
Isn’t there any body within the party room of the ruling coalition that has any consideration at all for this country or are they all in the game together?
For too long we have sadly allowed the principals of democracy to be compromised by a political group of individuals who have absolutely no intention to part with the privileges they enjoy and GG’s reelection indicates that even Matane wants to hold onto his little kingdom within the comforts of the palace on the Konedobu hills.
We in the media should open the forum to discuss democracy and good governance.
We need to address what constitutes a dictatorial government and authoritarian rule and open up debate on whether those elements have been deliberately allowed and legally manipulated to undermine the constitution and all things constitutional in PNG. .
If the tone of Ano Plala’s statement saying there should be no more debate on the environment policy amendments is in fact removing our rights to freedom of expression, how far do we have to look?
The way all this is unfolding, I wonder if we will have a general election in 2012.
If the value of the Kina does not change between now and after 2012, we are what the world is really saying about us.