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PNG Archbishop criticises politician allowances

The head of the Catholic Bishops Conference in Papua New Guinea, Archbishop Karl Hesse, has expressed the Church's shock at Government plans to increase MPs' electoral allowances, which are commonly known as "slush funds".

Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare (pictured) has announced the Government will increase MPs' electoral funds in this year's budget, to be handed down next month.

Archbishop Karl Hesse said it is well known the funds are not an economically efficient use of limited government resources.

He called on the Government to use its money for properly planned development including education, health and infrastructure rather than political purposes.

Catholic Archbishop criticises PNG politician allowances (ABC/Yahoo 20/10/04)

The Catholic Church of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands
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22 Oct 2004