4 Aug 2006

Samoa opposition keeps querying airline budget

5:20 pm on 4 August 2006

Samoa's opposition leader still disputes the government's explanation of the 1.5 million US dollars capital injection for the old Polynesian Airlines.

In his latest attack, Le Mamea Ropati said he believed there was a deliberate attempt to hide it from taxpayers.

He says if not by the Minister of Finance then certainly by the government.

The opposition leader has reminded the finance minister of his failure to mention the money during his budget address.

He says not all members of the public would read the budget draft estimates where the information was published

In last year's budget the prime minister indicated that the18 million US dollars capital injection given to the airline in the 2005/2006 budget was to be the last.

Le Mamea says another 1 million US dollars of was included in the 2005/2006 supplementary estimates for the airlines staff redundancy payments.