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PNG PM threatens to shut down finance department

Liam Fox

Papua New Guinea’s prime minister says he will shut down the country’s finance department if he has to while allegations of improper payments are investigated.

The opposition has alleged the department paid law firm Paul Paraka Lawyers more than $30 million without the proper approvals.

Prime minister Peter O’Neill has suspended the finance secretary and the deputy secretary while the allegations are investigated.

“I will go down as far as sacking the cleaner if I have to,” he said.

“If we have to shut down the finance department for one month or two months we will to get to the bottom of this.”

The law firm insists the payments were approved by the country’s former attorney-general.

Principal lawyer Paul Paraka says it is “premature to allege any impropriety… without all the parties being heard”.

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  1. gershom
    September 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Oneil lead government is a betrayer.The most worst and corrupt government PNG has ever had since 1975. USELESS.

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