PNG bishops condemn move to let guilty MPs keep posts
The Bishops of Papua New Guinea have said that the community must oppose efforts by MPs to avoid being dismissed for misconduct in office.
Radio New Zealand International has reported that the MP Kappa Yarka is pushing a controversial bill which proposes that leaders found guilty of misconduct can keep their jobs. The bill is due to go before Parliament next month.
The Bishops' Conference said it is "ridiculous" to suggest that an employer can't sack a person found guilty of stealing or misusing the position. Yet that, it said, is what the proposed change implies.
The bishops say one of the elements of justice is punishment and this needs to remain in place to ensure the community has faith in the justice system.
PNG Catholic bishops condemn move to let guilty MPs keep posts (Radio New Zealand International 22/9/05)
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27 Sep 2005