30 Jun 2009

Confidence that PNG politicians will support nominated women in Parliament next month

7:16 pm on 30 June 2009

Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, plans to reintroduce a motion nominating three women representatives to Parliament when the next session begins in a week's time.

The Community Development Minister, Dame Carol Kidu, who has helped develop the motion to get more women representatives into Parliament, said lessons have been learnt from the previous attempt.

In March, the Opposition refused to support the motion.

Dame Carol says the constitution allows for some nominated positions, but that idea is not acceptable to some MPs:

"It's the fact that they are not coming in by the elected process is the main reason from the opposition, but the provision in the Constitution for nominated seats, I believe our founding fathers put it there for a reason and it certainly doesn't say that people must come in by election. Section 102 says people may, from time to time, appoint up to 3 nominated members of Parliament"

Dame Carol says if the motion does succeed, the three women will sit as independents and won't be allowed to vote on motions of no confidence or on the budget.