‘OC report sneaked into Parliament’

National, Normal

PRIME Minister Sir Michael Somare has accused the Ombudsman Commission of acting above the law in sneaking into Parliament the Julian Moti report.
“It is arguable that the report was improperly tabled in Parliament in contravention to section 220 of the Constitution,” Sir Michael said in a speech to Parliament.
Sir Michael said the procedures for tabling an Ombudsman Commission report to Parliament are set out in section 220. 
“Basically, any report must be tabled through the Head of State acting on advice from the National Executive Council.
“In my view, this report did not follow the prescribed procedures and was sneaked in through the back door,” he said.
“It is an abuse of Parliament privilege.
“For an organisation that is supposed to conduct itself within the laws, the Ombudsman Commission had again shown itself to be above the law.”
 Sir Michael, in concluding his statement, said the proceedings in the supreme court of Queensland and the
subsequent judgment on the Moti issue was very instructive. 
“I urge honourable Members of this House to familiarise themselves with the documents tendered in that court and the ruling by Brisbane supreme court Justice Debra Mullins.
“Suffice to say, Papua New Guinea was unwittingly drawn into the Moti issue by agents of another government trying to carry out a political plan contrived by their government to discredit Moti.
“The lesson here is our law enforcement agents must act independently and not allow themselves to be dictated to by outsiders,” Sir Michael said.