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Reformation of the National Parliament as a Symbol of National Unity

Date Posted: May 01 2014

Article from Business Melanesia May 2014

A TRIBUTE TO THE FOUNDING FATHERS SIR MICHAEL SOMARE AND SIR JULIUS CHAN By Hon. Theo Zurenuoc, MP Speaker of the 9th PNG Parliament.

I would like to take this opportunity to inform the people of Papua New Guinea about the Reformation, Restoration and Modernization program that is taking place at the National Parliament, which has been partly reported by some sections of the mainstream media.

When Parliament elected me to the Speaker’s chair in August 2012, I inherited a House that had lost its dignity, integrity, respect and reverence. The Parliament had become a house riddled with rotten administrative systems and processes that urgently needed transformation to bring it up to international standards.

Since Parliament stands as a symbol of national unity, an emblem of collective wisdom and the pinnacle of political decision-making in which noble dreams of great men and women have been and will continue to be, translated into reality through legislation that will transcend to the Executive, Judiciary and the rest of the society, it needed the reformation, restoration and modernization to be undertaken.

The idea of National Unity was taken from the courageous actions of our Founding Fathers who united our very difficult and fragmented tribes of thousand languages to give us Independence.

Inspiration was also drawn from the spirit of unity still alive and active in two of our remaining Founding Fathers, Rt.Hon. Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare and Rt.Hon. Sir Julius Chan.

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