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Papua New Guinea

Speaker addresses parliamentary infringements by MPs

LAST Friday after Grievances Debate and before Parliament adjourned, Speaker Job Pomat addressed three infractions he had noticed during the week’s parliamentary sessions.

Reminding all members present that he was the facilitator of the chamber’s standards and decorum as prescribed by Parliamentary Standing Orders, the Speaker announced that there were violations throughout the week in Members’ dress codes and conduct in the chamber.

He said maintaining the order of the House was of paramount importance according to Standing Order 48.

“This week a Member of Parliament failed to wear the correct attire into the House.

“I urge you all to uphold the Standing Orders of Parliament and simply wear the prescribed parliamentary attire which in this case would be a formal suit,” Mr Pomat said.

The Speaker also mentioned that while a parliamentarian is speaking, it is unlawful for other MPs to stand and move about.

“Standing Order 54 states that a Member of Parliament is not allowed to move about the floor of Parliament speaking to other members of the chamber after he or she has taken the respective seat in Parliament.

“Many Members are still moving around and talking to fellow MPs even while the Speaker of the House is on the floor,” said the Speaker.

He said this was not protocol and reflected badly on parliamentary order.

Mr Pomat said he expected a swift change in the conduct of members before adjourning parliament.

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