THE government will introduce free education up to Grade 10 and subsidise fees for Grade 11 to university level, according to Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, The National reports.
This will be included in the 2012 budget.
O'Neill in his inaugural statement to parliament said the government would also implement a number of economic and social projects in the next few months.
Apart from providing free education, the government intends to deliver major impact projects to not only boost economic and social welfare, but also generate multiplier-effect economic opportunities for the nation.
"We will embark on nationwide restoration and maintenance of run-down education and health institutions, create a centrali­sed national medical supplies base, attend to repair, rehabilitation and maintenance of the Highlands Highway, Buluminski Highway, Lae-Madang Highway and complete the trans-New Britain Highway and the Gulf-Southern Highlands Highway," he said.
He said a new alternative national port development would take place in the Gulf province while fast-tracking the Lae port development.
He said the Jackson and Nadzab airports would be extended and upgraded.
O'Neill said a new initiative would be launched to establish transportation for all maritime provinces instead of the corrupt programmes in the Border Development and Coastal Vessel programme.
He said the government would spare no effort in speeding up the development of the ExxonMobil-led PNG LNG project and the InterOil-led Gulf LNG project.
"These are multi-billion dollar investments to un­derpin in-flow of revenue streams for our nation's future development."
O'Neill said the LNG project needed to be assisted to overcome delays over landowner issues and the government would act decisively to provide that relief.
"Similarly, this government will go out of its way to give InterOil all the help and facilitation it needs in
the government system to progress its development efforts to Final Investment Decision before the end of the year.''
He said the government would deal with indivi­duals who were delaying the progress of the Gulf LNG project.
O'Neill said the government would fast-track outstanding mining projects inclu­ding the Yandera and Frieda River gold and copper project.
"This government will seriously and indepen­dently look at the environment issues raised by va­rious landowners and pro­vincial governments."