22 Nov 2011

Tiensten loses PNG parliamentary seat

7:17 pm on 22 November 2011

A Papua New Guinean MP Paul Tiensten has lost his parliamentary seat a week because he missed three consecutive sittings of the house.

The speaker Jeffrey Nape says Mr Tiensten had missed one sitting in August and two in September when he fled to Brisbane in August after a corruption task force tried to question him over missing funds from his former portfolio he held as planning minister.

Parliament was suspended briefly when Mr Tiensten refused to leave.

A former Attorney-General Sir Arnold Amet tried to raise a point of order, but refused to sit down when directed by the Speaker.

Parliament was then suspended until Wednesday.

MPs had been expected to debate and pass a bill that would ensure 22 women gained seats at the next election.