23 Apr 2004

PNG governor wants parliament to sit for three weeks

3:06 pm on 23 April 2004

Papua New Guinea's Milne Bay Governor has challenged prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, to let parliament sit for three weeks when it assembles next month to elect a new governor-general.

Tim Neville told the Post Courier that he expects parliament to be adjourned until August once the new governor-general is chosen

He says parliament needs to sit for another two weeks to discuss what he called "matters of national importance."

A government spokesman was unable to say when parliament would rise after the election but downplayed the Governor's prediction saying Mr Neville had a tendency to make "inaccurate statements"