12 Mar 2009

PNG govt looks to pass motion to nominate three women to parliament

8:29 pm on 12 March 2009

Papua New Guinea's Government will attempt again next week to pass a motion to nominate three women to parliament.

The motions fell 13 votes short of the required 73 to pass the motion, which would have seen three non-party affiliated women included in parliamentary sessions.

The Opposition says it is against the vote because the affirmative action push had no legal grounding.

But PNG's only woman MP, Dame Carol Kidu, says that's simply not true.

"I don't know why people are getting so obsessed about the whole thing. I mean, the constitution clearly states that parliament shall have two types of members, elected members, nominated members. Let's sort out [if] this nominated seats thing is just a flower, a decoration in our constitution, for marginalised groups, or is it something that we as members of parliament have a duty to try to enact."

Dame Carol Kidu says she expects to motion to again be put on Tuesday.