15 Oct 2019

PNG Treasurer cops flak over cuts

From , 5:04 am on 15 October 2019

Papua New Guinea's Treasurer has faced strong criticism in Parliament over cuts to basic services in the government's new supplementary budget.

Ian Ling-Stuckey released the new budget on Friday with $US400 million worth of cuts, blaming the previous Peter O'Neill-led government for a $US1.4 billion deficit in the government books.

But the former prime minister and others warn that children will be the losers due to cuts to funding of District Service Improvement Programmes and free education. 

Johnny Blades reports.

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Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Koroi Hawkins