We need a grand coalition or absolute majority

Letters, Normal

The National – Tuesday, July 5, 2011

OUR parliament has been dysfunctional in recent years and has become a circus. 
The recent reshuffle is creating instability.
There are two ways we can regain some form of order, credibility and responsibility in parliament.
The first is a bipartisan solution to clean up the mess that has being created in parliament and government.
PNG must be governed properly and honestly until next year’s elections. 
And that is to form a “grand coalition”.
The NA party is in defensive mode following the acting prime minister’s decision to remove coalition partner leaders and replacing them with NA members.
This is unacceptable and morally wrong.
The NA believes it has the numbers going into the general election but it does not have the absolute majority.
The opposition and middle-benchers must recruit all government backbenchers to form a single coalition of 73 members which will make up the absolute majority.
Absolute majority trumps over all else in parliament and this is the other option.
The new coalition must amend the Constitution by introducing the articles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
This will lead to a renegotiation of all petrol/mineral operations in the country, including the LNG project, to ensure all agreements comply with the UN declaration on indigenous rights.
This should have a positive impact on all Papua New Guineans.


Teegee Gadona
Port Moresby