12 Aug 2009

PNG Opposition for stability but says the current government is failing the country

10:25 am on 12 August 2009

Papua New Guinea's Deputy Opposition Leader, Bart Philemon, says he and Opposition leader, Sir Mekere Morauta, are strong advocates of stability, but this cannot come at the cost of poor governance.

He was commenting after the Opposition launched a public awareness campaign to back its call for a change of Government, despite the Speaker stymying their motion for a vote of no confidence by suddenly adjourning Parliament last month.

In the first stage of a campaign to explain their position the Opposition is running advertising in the country's newspapers accusing the administration of Sir Michael Somare of corruption, saying the Prime Minister is too old and his government out of touch.

Mr Philemon says they want the public on side.

"And secondly we want the public to put pressure on the thinking, [on] the elected members on the floor of Parliament to understand and perhaps they can seriously think whether they are supporting the right person or not."

Bart Philemon.