PRIME MINISTER PETER O'NEILL today snubbed pressure from Julia Gillard and Bob Carr that Papua New Guinea should hold its elections in June, saying the timing of polls was up to PNG.
Australia has repeatedly called on PNG to adhere to the 23 June deadline for elections as set out by its constitution.
Yesterday prime minister Julia Gillard tried to increase the pressure by contacting O'Neill directly.
Her office issued a statement saying they "discussed the importance of holding national elections on time".
Gillard said she "welcomed prime minister O'Neill's statements that he supports the election proceeding on time."
But today O'Neill shrugged all that away.
"We appreciate the support of the Australian government, but it is for us to determine where we go with the elections in the coming months," he told the ABC.