Pomat describes acting vice-regal role as being like ‘prisoner’

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SPEAKER and Manus MP Job Pomat has described his first seven weeks as acting governor-general as being like a “prisoner” who has to strictly follow rules and protocols.
Pomat has been acting vice-regal while Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae was on leave. Sir Bob returned to work this week.
Both men attended the dedication service held for employees at Government House in Port Moresby.
“My experience in the first week was something I have never come across in life,” Pomat said.
“It’s quiet a new experience for me and I feel more like a prisoner – or I could say a prisoner of state.
“That was what it seemed in the first week because you have to live your life following protocols, a life that is sort of restricted.”
After seven weeks, Pomat was more accustomed to the role.
He has made some recommendations on things he believes should be changed at Government House, which the government caucus can discuss.
Sir Bob said the rules and the protocols were there to protect the integrity of the position as the Head of State representing the Queen.

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