8 Jan 2004

Kiplan launches last-ditch bid to stop PNG governor-general rival

3:27 pm on 8 January 2004

A former MP in Papua New Guinea has launched a last-ditch bid to stop a rival from being elected as the Queen's deputy.

"The National newspaper reports Sir Albert Kipalan is going to the National Court today (Thursday) to try to obtain an order to prevent Sir Pato Kakaraya from being sworn in as Governor General later this month."

Sir Albert had been first elected by Parliament to the position of Governor General but he was later dumped because a court ruled he had fallen foul of double-endorsement restrictions.

Sir Albert is hoping the supreme court will rule advice to the Queen to appoint Sir Pato unconstitutional.