Parliamentarians respond to UPNG Asylum Concerns

Several parliamentarians met with students’fromthe University of Papua New Guinealast Friday to respond to a number of concerns raised in a petition two weeks ago.


The meeting took place after students’held a demonstration on campus.

Justice Minister and Attorney General Kerenga Kua and NCD Governor Powes Parkop were among those mandated by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to discussthe issues with students’


Beth parties met late Friday afternoon atthe student forum on campus.


Minister Kua said it wasthe government’s responsibility to bring tothe country, initiatives that meePNG’s development agenda.


NCD Governor Powes Parkop’said it was vital to have a dialogue with citizens, andthe government was prepared for that.


Making reference tothe government’s decision to amendthe vote of no confidence bill, governor Parkop’said it has not been passed yet. The students’still have time to advocate.


Earlier that day, UPNG’students’held a demonstration to airtheir frustrations onthe government’s failure to respond totheir petition.


The petition called for the government to repealthe death penalty legislation, prevent government from amendingthe vote of no confidence bill, andthe controversial asylum processing deal.


The students’showedtheir frustration by burning a document outliningthe asylum deal between Australia anPNG.

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