22 Jan 2004

PNG parliament adjourns after government amendment bid fails

1:06 pm on 22 January 2004

The Papua New Guinea parliament has been adjourned after the government failed to pass an amendment to extend the period before votes of no confidence can be conducted.

The acting opposition leader, Mathew Siune, says the amendment is dead.

He says Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare should resign instead of re-tabling the bill.

He says if the government wants to revive the bill it must gazette it again, have a first vote, wait the required two months, then have a second vote.

The government failed to secure the necessary support on the second vote last September and then again in November.

Mr Siune says it is an abuse of process to bring it on again.