9 Nov 2005

PNG parliament to probe Ombudsman Commission

4:49 pm on 9 November 2005

Papua New Guinea's parliament has set up a special committee to examine the country's Ombudsman Commission.

The National newspaper reports that the committee was set up after the Speaker of the House, Jeffery Nape, attacked the Commission for filing a Supreme Court reference challenging proposed legislation that would exempt MPs from dismissal from office if they were found guilty of misconduct.

Mr Nape described the Commission's action as undue interference with the duties and functions of Parliament by using the judicial process to prevent Parliament from exercising its right to debate and pass or reject proposed legislation.

He said MPs were entitled to formulate or propose laws and introduce them for debate without fear or favour.

He warned that the commission's action would have serious implications on the notion of separation of powers between the legislature and the judiciary