By LIAM FOX of ABC
Chaos has reigned in
Parliament resumed to swear-in Sir Paulias Matane for his second consecutive term as Governor-General, but before that could happen, the opposition called for a vote to defer the ceremony.
It believes the process to re-appoint Sir Paulias was flawed.
As foreign dignitaries looked on from the gallery, MPs hurled abuse across the floor of parliament.
After a lengthy discussion with the clerk the deputy speaker allowed the vote to precede - and it was lost 42 to 59.
The opposition leader and his deputy then left the chamber in protest while Sir Paulias was sworn in as PNG's head of state.