19 Nov 2008

Budgeting for jet for PNG PM should be reconsidered, says Commerce Chamber

9:15 pm on 19 November 2008

The Papua New Guinea Chamber of Commerce says the Government should reconsider its plans to buy a jet aircraft for the Prime Minister's use.

The Treasurer Patrick Pruaitch unveiled a cut back Budget for 2009 with revenue expectations down dramatically because of the falling prices for commodities such as oil and gold.

The Chamber's Michael Mayberry says the body does not have too many concerns with the Budget, but he says the Government needs to ensure that unnecessary spending, such as on a government plane, is reconsidered.

"They have overseas trips and things like that, and to us, the benefits for the country, both in the short term and the long term is probably questionable. So we sort of feel that if you are short of money then you have got to cut your cloth according to what money you have got. That expenditure should be considered in that context."

The Government has also provided money for a scoping study to assessment whether PNG could enter a rugby league team in Australia's NRL competition.