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Former Papua New Guinea prime minister Sir Julius Chan has given the People’s Progress Party support in voting for the APEC Bill because this is an occasion that PNG may never experience again in a lifetime.
Sir Julius commended the government for the APEC Bill, saying this was a historical meeting which would draw powerful leaders to PNG.
“I commend the government for bringing in this Bill to provide security. The reason is that we don’t have this kind of gathering every year, and it is a very unusual event for this country,” Sir Julius said.
“And I really want to congratulate the government of the day for being able to secure Papua New Guinea as a venue for APEC.
“This Bill is in line with the constitutional requirement so any requirement is in compliance…the government cannot act outside of the constitution. One can imagine that the government and the people can behave and that we are capable of looking after ourselves.
“We should all pull together for this occasion. It is probably once in a lifetime for a lot of us. So, I am appealing really not to put some obligations against the government because the Bill itself, our people are protected by the constitution, so no other laws, I am not a lawyer but by all means, I just simply want to say that there is no fear because our people are good people and they will obey the laws of this land. And our constitution protects their right.
“If we want to be equal to the world, we have got to accept the international reality. If they go to Australia or anywhere else in the world, the same laws will apply for their security. This type of arrangement is everywhere.
“This is our chance, this is our time, let us not miss it, if we leave it untill tomorrow, play around with it, it will be rotten,” he said.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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