Oppn to bring back no-trust vote on PM

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THE Opposition will reintroduce the motion of no-confidence in Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare next Tuesday, Opposition leader Sir Mekere Morauta announced at the weekend.
Sir Mekere said the Opposition was doing this because the National Alliance-led Government “had abused the Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates (OLIPPAC) for its own gains.”
“The political stability enjoyed by the NA as a result of OLIPPAC has been abused and wasted,” Sir Mekere said.
Speaking at the opposition leader’s New Generation party dinner last Friday, the PNG Party leader believed that the last seven years of NA rule did more harm than good for PNG.
“The last seven years were wasted, it had not been used to strengthen and buttress reforms,” he said.
Sir Mekere’s concerns among others’ were that: 
* There has been no tangible restructure in the public service
* Wantok spending of millions of kinas from trust accounts; and
* State enterprises are yet to be liberated from public ownership, bad management and lack of capital.
“There are also many other issues and scandals that are yet to be answered by the NA-led Government,” he stressed.
Sir Mekere urged that change must happen now and that an alternative government be formed.
“Otherwise, the whole nation would lose the plot, and the cost of reconstruction in 2012 may be unbearable,” he said
Sir Mekere said the New Generation Party, together with the parties in the Opposition, were the safest choice for the nation.
He said the Opposition would resubmit a motion of no-confidence in the Prime Minister, knowing that the Government would use the advantages of being in office to try to block the motion, both through questionable use of procedures and through throwing money, public money at MPs “but we
will try”.