PNG politician calls for end to four-year liquor ban in Madang

10:16 am on 24 January 2019

The member of parliament for Madang in Papua New Guinea is seeking to end a four-year liquor ban imposed by the provincial executive council.

Bryan Kramer.

Bryan Kramer. Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Koroi Hawkins

The ban began on Christmas Eve and is supposed to run until 2022.

It's aimed at curbing lawlessness and addressing social problems which were said to have gotten worse in the province because of alcohol abuse.

The MP Bryan Kramer said the ban was counter-productive and will give rise to an increase in bootlegging as well as boosting business for peddlers of illegal homebrew known locally as steam.

Mr Kramer said the focus should be on improving policing and the enforcement of rules and regulations around alcohol consumption.

"My first approach would be to write formally to the governor and then get his view in relation to it. Hopefully have a meeting and he will reconsider the decision. The other option is to lobby members of the PEC to consider changing the decision.

"And short of that is to lobby the entire assembly, call a meeting and then deal with this issue. And the last option is, failing that, is the matter will end up in court."