PNG govt MPs blasted for being hypocritical

8:30 am on 7 December 2019

Papua New Guinea's opposition leader says the government is being hypocritical for blaming the country's economic woes on the previous administration.

Belden Namah told parliament that government MPs should stop criticising the government of the former prime minister Peter O'Neill who resigned in May.

Papua New Guinea MP for Vanimo-Green, Belden Namah.

Papua New Guinea MP for Vanimo-Green, Belden Namah. Photo: Alex Smith

Mr O'Neill was replaced by his former close ally James Marape.

Mr Namah pointed out that Mr Marape now leads a coalition of many of the same MPs who served under the previous prime mnister

"I am tired, sick and tired of ministers, prime minister referring to past governments," he said.

"Every time a minister stands up, every time the prime minister stands up, he talks about the past government. The question is who is the past government? The past government, all of them are sitting on that side (of parliament) Mr Speaker."

Mr Namah referred to the Treasurer Ian Ling-Stuckey repeatedly criticising Peter O'Neill for his handling of the economy.

"The treasurer speaks, he said 'huge budget holes, job holes, and all the holes that were created was by the former prime minister Peter O'Neill'.

"Yes, Peter O'Neill may have been the foreman. But who was holding the spades, the picks, the shovels, who helped dig those huge potholes or budget holes or job holes that you are talking about?" Mr Namah said.

"Eighty-five percent of the ministers sitting on that side are equally responsible for creating the holes in this country."