18 Sep 2007

New PNG parliament to consider constitutional changes

1:17 pm on 18 September 2007

The new session of Parliament in Papua New Guinea, beginning today, is likely to see amendments to the constitution to allow for a larger Cabinet.

The Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare wants to increase his Cabinet to 35 to accommodate the demands of the 14 parties that make up his coalition.

The main feature of the session will be the budget, which our correspondent, Alex Rheeney, says will focus on infrastructure development, especially in rural areas.

"Especially on roads. The former Deputy Prime Minister, Don Polye has indicated that the maintenance of roads will be getting a large slice in the Budget that will be tabled in Parliament."

Our correspondent Alex Rheeney says Sir Michael Somare is not likely to table the Defence Force report into the flight of Julian Moti from the country, despite earlier promises that he would do so.