19 Jul 2005

PNG Governor seeks bigger share of tax take

9:40 am on 19 July 2005

The Papua New Guinea province of Morobe wants a bigger slice of the taxation money generated in the province and this is driving its push for greater autonomy from the central government.

However officials have stressed that the form of autonomy they want is not as extreme as that granted to Bougainville earlier this year.

The Morobe governor, Luther Wenge, says the province wants access to its share of the various taxes that presently go to Port Moresby.

"And what we get is very little and we think we need to ask the national government to come up with the legislation or come up with the amendment to the constitution so that it gives power to the provincial government."

Mr Wenge says with the extra money they would be able to provide improved services for the people of Morobe.