When amending the Constitution is good

Letters, Normal

The National, Wednesday July 17th, 2013

 EVER since independence, everyone in this country is talking about the poor rate of economic development, decrepit state enterprises and no effective government ser-vice delivery to rural areas.  

So what has been holding back the progress of this nation for the past 38 years? 

Well you can give me many answers but the two most profound and reliable ones are political instability and no visionary leadership.

When the government changes every now and then, what happens to the planned projects and policies initiated by one government? 

They will simply be stopped or fail.

It is incredible to note that this small nation has so many changes in the prime minister’s portfolio and no constructive long-term developments have been taken place.  

If we continue to change prime ministers because the Constitution has loopholes and encourages that, I think we will still be sitting on the same spot and talk about the same problems. 

When I analyse the pros and cons of the proposed changes to the Constitution regarding vote of no confidence, it has some value and promotes long-term benefits because political stability will be upheld.

In my judgment, the proposed bill is a way forward for a better PNG. 

Political stability is a good nutrient for the growth of the economy.

I believe our Constitution and other laws should promote that and if it does not, then we have to amend them so that we have stability for long-term developments.

I love my country and its Constitution. 

Our Constitution needs to be protected and guarded because it is the foundation of this country.

Some wonderful things the Constitution promotes are liberty, freedom, prosperity and exercise of duties and responsibilities within the parameters it sets out.

Therefore, it is commonsense for the O’Neill government to amend the Constitution regarding the vote of no confidence so that at the end of the day, the people will prosper.

So please think outside the box and imagine how this law will affect us in the long run. 

If we are culturally grounded in the Constitution, we will not change. We will simply experience the same lifestyle.


Hilai Tombele