1 Dec 2003

Immunity legislation may be put before PNG parliament soon

11:52 am on 1 December 2003

The row in Papua New Guinea over plans to increase the government's immunity period looks set to continue.

The proposed bill would mean a sitting government could not face a motion of no confidence until it had been in office for three years.

Last week, PNG's then Deputy Prime Minister, Andrew Baing, was sacked after deciding not to support the constitutional changes.

He was replaced by the leader of the People's Action Party, Moses Maladina.

While the government failed to secure the two thirds majority needed to pass the bill, it is expected to put it up for approval again.

Some reports say it might go before parliament soon ...possibly as early as today