The National

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (May 20, 2009) – Prime Minister Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare does appear to have travelled much recently.

Since the Bali environment summit, he’s got been on semi-official or official trips that have taken him to Africa, the united states, Australia, the Philippines, China, Week which week to Japan indonesia again last.

Each of these trips cost a good size of taxpayers’ money and increases in size aren’t visible immediately.

Still, in every fairness, the entire case of the globe-trotting Prime Minister should be devote perspective.

Are the firms that your Prime Minister leaves unattended by his absence the ones that only he is able to perform and succeed?

Are they urgent?

Has the country suffered by his frequent absences from office?

Similarly, will be the businesses he chooses to wait overseas in a way that only his personal presence would bring the best amount of best for this nation?

Are such businesses urgent and very important to the well-being of the country of PNG?

In this age of international terrorism, is our Prime Minister not endangering his life by frequent trips?

There is just one more type of inquiry which is a wandering Prime Minister may be signalling he has lost fascination with the affairs of State.

Let us closely examine each one of these.

The kind of government we practice in PNG means that no position is left unfilled if the incumbent leaves it temporarily. Once the Prime Minister or any minister is named away on business indeed, there’s always another minister who’s appointed to do something in his / her place.

In the case of the Prime Minister, it’s the Deputy Prime Minister and when both are away always, probably the most senior minister would do the honours.

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Puka Temu shows himself on the days he’s got been acting Prime Minister to do something decisively and responsibly.

So in enough time that the Prime Minister has away been, has any serious affair of the constant state been mishandled or mismanaged?

To our knowledge the Prime Minister’s regular trips overseas haven’t led to any serious mishandling of affairs of the constant state back home.

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He isn’t missed – and in politics that may too be read negatively.

If his presence in country had not been missed, of what importance were the trips that the Prime Minister has chosen to take personally instead of delegate his ministers, most his Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Abal immediately?

The Prime Minister’s personal presence at the global conference on the surroundings at Bali, Indonesia, had immediate appeal and put PNG on the map.

As a little country, PNG is definitely an enthusiastic supporter of environmental issues from the nuclear-free Pacific to the Kyoto Protocol but nowhere has it made the impact that its position on the surroundings at Bali did.

today the main issue on the agenda of all governments

The environment is. To be along with environmental issues also to be recognised as a leader may bring tremendous goodwill and tangible benefits. There the Prime Minister did well to be engaged personally.

And as always, only heads of Governments can attend a Commonwealth Heads of Government meet, therefore the PM will there be excused. The rest of the trips might have been delegated to other ministers, most of them rookies who need the advantage of international exposure.

The Prime Minister doesn’t need the experience and really should only attend those conferences where his personal stature and seniority can gain PNG obtain the most.

In this age of international terrorism, frequent trips by our Prime Minister abroad places him at greater threat of being in an incident and that might be a calamity that needs to be avoided.

The other matter is, needless to say, the price of any one of the travels.

We wish to invite the federal government to create regular information on the expense of travels by anybody of our important leaders, both public politicians and servants.

Along with this particular given information, we wish to learn what benefits are which have come off these trips there.

And finally, can we read in these frequent trips signs of a Prime Minister who’s weary as well as perhaps no longer thinking about the affairs of hawaii?

There is really a thought but we have been not qualified to answer this relevant question in any event.

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