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Parliament Resumes This Afternoon

PARLIAMENT will resume for the 2020 season starting at 2 o’clock this afternoon.

The government has not released any business for the year but it is understood that the amendments to the Oil and Gas Act, the Whistle Blowers Bill and several anti-corruption legislations are high on the agenda for debate.

Prime Minister James Marape had assured the nation that both Mining and Petroleum ministers would be bringing reforms to the mining and oil and gas Acts through an enabling Organic Law this year.

The notice would be given during this session of Parliament before it was debated and passed.

The government was expected to present the final report on the review of the Organic Law on National and Local Level Government elections, that had been done by the Constitutional Law Reform Commission and was presented to the prime minister early this year.

The reforms are aimed at improving how elections are run in the country to ensure that the elections are free, fair and people are given the absolute freedom to choose leaders through voting.

The Health Minister Jelta Wong would also brief Parliament on the government’s response to the coronavirus.

The Treasury Minister Ian Ling-Stuckey is also expected to give a statement on the state of the economy.

The Parliament resumes while government tightens the lid on leakages, with Treasury Department demanding departments and agencies to provide their annual work plans, their cash flow and their procurement plans.

Many departments and agencies are having difficulty coming up with their procurement plans which is the main reason for delays in release of warrants/funds by the Treasury and Finance.

Treasury sources said the tight control measures were very much the effort of Treasurer to have better government controls over revenue and expenditure to minimise leakages from government expenditure and ensures that all government agencies utilise their budgets to yield maximum benefit and impact.

The Opposition team of five MPs under the leadership of Belden Namah have vowed to keep the government in check on many of its unfulfilled promises since coming into office.

“We may be little but we are lethal,” Mr Namah said as the Opposition prepares for this year’s Parliament calendar.

The government’s education policy, the resource project delays, economic slow-down and law and order spiraling out of control will be the Opposition’s focus.

“Killings and general law and order situation is at its worst and its spiraling out of control since Marape came into power,” Mr Namah said. Continue reading at https://postcourier.com.pg/parliament-resumes-this-afternoon/ | Post Courier

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