O’Neill calls for intelligent public debate

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says he is looking for a higher level of intelligent public debate in the tenth Parliament as important legislation is presented.

PM O’Neill made the comment as the agenda is being prepared for the next Parliamentary sitting, and the Government prepares to deliver APEC Papua New Guinea 2018.

“The Tenth Parliament is a fresh start, an opportunity to deliver legislation that will further advance our Nation,” he said.

“If they ever want to be taken seriously, the Opposition will need to debate issues properly.

“The Government does not need their numbers for a simple majority, and they will all have to make a choice when it comes to issues requiring an absolute majority.

“One of the first pieces of legislation requiring an absolute majority will be ICAC legislation. It would be the height of hypocrisy if these opposition members were to oppose the ICAC legislation.”

The Prime Minister said as planning intensifies for APEC, he expects the Opposition to think of the Nation ahead of self-interest.

“We will deliver a very safe and cost-effective APEC that will enhance attitudes towards Papua New Guinea and our economy.

“We will welcome the presidents and prime ministers of countries accounting for more than half of global trade and investment.

“Our people will gain greater access to technical information and capacity building in key sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, tourism and women in the economy.

“With more than 15,000 delegates visiting Papua New Guinea over the coming year, they will spend more than K100 million on travel and hospitality in our country.

“The ball is in the Opposition’s court,” stated the PM.

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