4 Nov 2005

PNG district treasuries plan comes under fire in parliament

9:25 am on 4 November 2005

Papua New Guinea's unpredictable parliament has been the scene of heated exchanges over suggestions of double-standards in the district treasury roll-out programme of the Treasurer, Bart Philemon.

The governor of East Sepik province, Peter Waranaka raised issues of building board approvals.

Mr Waranaka suggested there had been nepotism and political colluding, bureaucratic political plays aiming for 2007 elections, and the diversion of funds without proper authorisation.

Mr Philemon said he wondered why East Sepik was the only province that had put a "stop work" on the construction of the district treasury buildings.

He said people in every one of the 45 district treasuries have welcome the implied easier access to financial services.