2 Sep 2004

The PNG Government told there is no need for new laws on autonomy

3:31 pm on 2 September 2004

The Papua New Guinea government's plan for greater autonomy for selected provinces has been described as a political farce.

The National newspaper reports opposition Leader Peter O'Neill is calling on Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare to clarify his recent statements on the plans for further devolution of powers and the granting of more autonomous status to certain provinces.

Mr O'Neil says he must clear the air, because the existing Organic Law on Provincial and Local Level Governments more than adequately caters for the gradual devolution of powers.

He says the prime minister is sounding as if he and his government are embarking on a new policy.