It’s vote-of-no-confidence time again.

By PNG Echo.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill - unlikely to be rolled
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill – unlikely to be rolled

Papua New Guinea is, once again, finding itself looking through one of those windows of opportunity whereby the government can be defeated and removed on the floor of parliament by a vote of no confidence.

This window is smaller this year because of legislation that increased the grace period from 18 to 30 months. It will be back to normal next year, the legislation having been deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

But why is it expected that because it could happen that it should?

What’s more, why do people expect an attempted vote of no confidence as a matter of course?  And do people really consider that the politicians most desirous of wresting power would be a suitable replacement or have the wherewithal to effect the overthrow of the government anyway?

Speculation in the press

A front-page article appearing in a publication called the Peoples Noticeboard (and reproduced on social media) has quoted an unnamed Governor from an unknown party, as meeting with some faceless and nameless people supposedly from the opposition and within government to try to fashion a vote of no confidence that may or may not take place.

And when is all this likely (or not likely) to happen? “…[N]ot so far from now,” apparently.

Well that’s absolutely crystal clear, isn’t it? (I need the sarcastic font!)

Deputy opposition Leader, Sam Basil - unlikely to have the wherewithal to unseat O'Neill
Deputy opposition Leader, Sam Basil – unlikely to have the wherewithal to unseat O’Neill

Perhaps that mysterious Governor should let Sam Basil in on all of this – he clearly doesn’t know judging by his proffered invitation for government MPs to cross the floor and join him in an Opposition-led attempt to roll the government.

Amusingly, this is a call coming from the sole MP for the Pangu Pati who’s not even Opposition Leader (of a minute opposition) but only the ‘Deputy’.

Let’s face it, he would need so many MPs to cross the floor that it would rival the running of the bulls in Pamploma

No, really, I think Mr Basil may be being a little ambitious and overly hopeful (was his tongue in his cheek?).

You see, Basil’s pockets aren’t as deep as his previous boss’ and this being the case he’s left with not much but his personal charm and that’s a commodity that is possibly more desirable to females who like to take selfies with him than to his fellow MPs.

Suitable replacement

Hypothetically, should O’Neill be rolled (and somehow, I doubt that) who would replace him?

The calibre of O’Neill is a cut above most who have their eye on the grand prize – that is: those that have a snowball’s hope in Hell of achieving O’Neill’s downfall.

Belden Namah was fond of saying that he was the “alternative Prime Minister” when he was Opposition Leader – so if that is right, then the job would naturally fall to Polye.

Don Polye - Opposition Leader
Don Polye – Opposition Leader

But Namah wasn’t right – (please read my articles on Polye if you need to compare him with O’Neill)

No, it would need a mass defection of MPs from the government to effect a successful vote of no-confidence and you can bet your life that, should this happen, it will be led by a powerful politician who would be in it for the big job.

Go on, name the likely candidates for yourself, you know who they are, and then do the comparison.

Juffa - busy with West Papua
Juffa – busy with West Papua

And it’s no good coming up with names such as Juffa and Basil because they do NOT have a snowball’s hope in Hell of rolling O’Neill – they just don’t have the confidence of their fellow MPs and there must be a reason for that.

In fact, during the O’Neill/Namah government when Basil became Minister for Planning, his ministry was split and half of its duties went to Moses Maladina, his colleagues having no confidence he had the wherewithal to pull off the whole job alone. Neither could Juffa  muster the numbers and anyway, he’s focused his energies on West Papua

Why? Why? Why?

The burning question is: what would a successful vote of no confidence achieve? Very little, in fact.

Parliament would be ruled by ostensibly the same people because they would have the numbers. All it would serve to do is to distract everyone from the business of running the country and isn’t that what PNG needs – more effective government, not a different government delivering the same results?

The populace of PNG would do better to support their government to better support them. Work with your elected representatives – not against them. No person or institution can be effective with the Sword of Damocles constantly over its head. However, having said that, in the case of the O’Neill government the sword is secured by a rope rather than just a horse’s hair – it doesn’t really look like falling.

The ever hopeful should stop the speculation, Governors and MPs should get back to the work they were mandated to do and leave the power play for the rightful time – the elections 2017.


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6 thoughts on “It’s vote-of-no-confidence time again.

  1. Can We let A Pure Melanesian Blood to take up these Post???
    Tired of seen mixed colored people up and the country is going to the Dogs with their ideas of… Dual Citizenship, exploitation of resources, Ill advice, and many more to name…

    What about IPATAS?? Our Very Action Man, Who Paved the Way forward for FREE EDUCATION IN PNG? HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT rather than Natural Resource???

    No man is like PETER IPATAS, Founding Father of Human Resources in HELA REGION, but the other, they are in Politics because of Natural Resources BOOM…BOOM…BOOM, also WALLETS are BOOMING

    • Racism! So what do you intend be done with those PNGeans of mixed blood and/or white people – a bit of ethnic cleansing maybe? If you, my friend, are the epitome of someone with pure Melanesian blood, God help the rest of you. Luckily, you’re not – you’re just another bigot and they come in all shapes and colours.

  2. PNC and Oneil used fight against corruption to gain popularity now its the most corrupt Party.PNC will be voted out in 2017 General Election.

    • That is the way many politicians and parties operate. All anti corruption while they can’t get any if it. As soon as they can – watch out.

  3. When I look at this,it reminds me of Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop rallying up the mob to topple the Abbott government..Turnbull & Bishop what a great big joke.. Now it’s PNG governments turn, and who is this mysterious governor?? All I can say is that I definately can’t imagine Mr Polye going as far as being the PM, I mean quite frankly,he does not have a political party anymore as he was ousted from his own party( or correct me if I am wrong) another great big joke!! as for Mr Sam Basil he tries so hard but he does not have the capacity to become Prime Minister..Anyway as for Mr. O’neill he is a thief, true and true…and if HELL really does exists,I hope he ends up there and burn…

  4. Peter Oneil may survivor the 2017 General Elections but PNC Party won’t have the numbers to be invited to formed the gov’t after Election writs are returned.People already dont trust Oneil of his leadership.What happened to PPC and Sir Julius Chan after Sandline crisis is likely to happen again

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