WHILE THE prime minister and his supporters sulked in private, PNG’s opposition leader and four Morobe politicians accepted the 20,000 signature petition requesting the withdrawal of the Maladina Amendment.
According to Opposition Leader Mekere Morauta, Parliamentary standing orders prevented the tabling of this petition as the matter is currently before parliament and has been deferred for further consultation.
However, surely the issue of whether the petition is tabled or not is irrelevant. The fact is that the petition exists and is a very public expression of the will of many Papua New Guineans on the matter.
The large public demonstration and the petition are substantial facts the PNG government and parliament cannot overlook.
For anyone to ignore this significant milestone in PNG democracy and political history would be unwise.
A line has been drawn in the sand and the people who drew it are now watching.