O’Neill seeks advice

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The National, Wednesday July 13th, 2016

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill is seeking “further legal advice” on the Supreme Court decision to order a recall of Parliament.
He said in a statement yesterday it was another costly attempt by the Opposition to cause instability for the sake of political self-indulgence.
“The vote proposed by the Opposition is mischievous and continues to lack the support of the members of Parliament,” he said.
He said the People’s National Congress-led coalition government he headed had “overwhelming support in Parliament to complete this term of Government”.
“The small group of opposition members are opportunists who put their own political interests ahead of the nation,” he said.
“The latest vote attempt seeks to create instability and mislead the public.
“But these political games only harm the economy and cause the loss of jobs.
“Recalling Parliament will also cost hundreds of thousands of Kina that would be better spent on hospital beds or teacher training.”
He said the people were enjoying a better life now.
“The reality is that the people of our nation know that they are in a much better position today than they were four years ago.
“The people know that our Government has delivered on its promises and we will continue to do so.”
He said the Government would continue to ensure that law and order improved “as we are the first Government to properly fund our police, judiciary and correctional services”. “We will continue strengthening the village courts and village counselor systems so that people at the local level, our grassroots, can have their grievances heard.
“Through our ongoing engagement with the international investment community, our Government has enhanced investor confidence and this is bringing in billions of Kina in foreign investment.”