4 Nov 2005

Papua New Guinea MP set to miss parliament for ridiculing Speaker

9:29 am on 4 November 2005

A Papua New Guinean MP could miss 18 calendar months of parliamentary sessions.

The Manus Open member Charlie Benjamin has been recommended for suspension for 90 days for sitting on the Speaker's chair and making rude comments about Speaker Jeffery Nape last November.

The nation's parliamentary privileges committee led by chairman Andrew Kumbakor found Mr Benjamin guilty of making the Speaker's chair an item of "public ridicule" and handed down the recommended verdict and penalty to parliament yesterday.

Mr Benjamin had stunned MPs and the public in the galleries when he crossed the floor and seated himself on the Speaker's chair while making various remarks at the Speaker, who had left the Chambers.