1 Jul 2013

More moves in PNG against no confidence motions

7:33 pm on 1 July 2013

The Papua New Guinea government is planning more legislation that will make votes of no confidence less likely.

The newspaper, The National, reports the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, saying they want a law change requiring the mover of a no-confidence vote to give three months notice along with the signatures of at least one-third of the MPs.

This notice, with the signatures, will also have to be published in a national newspaper.

Mr O'Neill says it is a safeguard to make motions for votes of no-confidence more transparent and less susceptible to corruption.

The move follows a law change earlier this year that extended the grace period protecting a government from no-confidence votes from 18 to 30 months following an election.

There is also a grace period stopping no confidence votes in place for the last 12 months of a term.