Monday, November 15, 2010

Why do we put up with this?


"Why do we put up with this?"
Statement by Sir Mekere Morauta KCMG MP, Leader of the Opposition and Member for Moresby North-West, Sunday 14 November, referring to the actions of current PNG's Prime Minister.

So will a 'No Confidence' motion be allowed to be debated by the Speaker and voted on and if so, will it succeed?
The answer should not be long in forthcoming when this week's expected reconvening of Parliament takes place.

But what if there is yet another adjournment of Parliamentary rule?
What can the PNG Opposition do if the successful muzzling tactics of the Somare government over last two years are repeated yet again?

If the freely-elected representatives of the PNG people are again prevented from meeting and deliberating about where their country is heading, why not meet elsewhere?
If the Speaker's Mace is not available, does that automatically remove the right of elected members to meet? Does the absence of a Mace automatically silence the voices of those who need to speak?
If prevented from speaking in Parliament, those PNG elected representatives of the people should merely hire a public hall and conduct their deliberations in full view of the public.
If a hall is not available, hire a sports oval and invite all the people along.
Members have been elected by their voters to do just this, irrespective of whether the debates are held in Parliament House or not. T
he media should be invited to record all that goes on and what is said and by whom.

Is not Papua New Guinea still a free country?
"Wake up Papua New Guinean elected representatives!"

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