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The Deputy Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, and Inter-Government Relations Minister, Hon. Leo Dion MP, has praised the spirit of unity and community cohesion that is evident among Government members currently in Alotau.
He said as well as discussion on policy advancement, Members had also been engaged with local community activities in Alotau.
"We have more than 80 Members of Parliament who are taking the opportunity this week to plan for the final year of this Parliament, and stand strong in their support for Peter O’Neill as Prime Minister.
“The O’Neill-Dion Government team is united, and we all look forward to demonstrating our number in the Chamber on Friday.
“There is only one person that we see who can guide our nation through current global challenges, and that is Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.”
Deputy Prime Minister Dion said time in camp has proven a good opportunity to take stock of what is required to complete the commitments to the Alotau Accord.
"We set an ambitious program when we met in Alotau four years ago, and now we are getting close to concluding this agenda.
“There are still some policy items that will require a lot of attention before we reach the election, but we can achieve what we promised we will deliver.”
The Deputy Prime Minister said the one of the greatest achievements of the Government has been to place an additional one million children in school.
“Throughout the political history of our country, the school system disadvantaged poor families, and we have changed that.
“With the Government’s Tuition Fee Free policy we have doubled the number of children in school, and this has brought hundreds of thousands of more girls into the education system.
“The results from the TFF will continue to become apparent as we have a better skilled and educated workforce, but this policy is changing lives and families.”
“We are seeing the benefits of universal healthcare as this program expands around the nation.
“Delivering care and medicines to such a remote and diverse country such as ours does give us challenges, but we are expanding this program.
“I think when people look around our country and around their communities they are seeing change.
“All Members are able to use their DSIP and PSIP funds to deliver change at the local level.
“We are seeing better policing in our communities, and we are seeing new infrastructure that is helping people to move more freely and businesses to operate better.”
DPM Dion said with Members being from all corners of the nation, the visit in Alotau has given the opportunity for leaders to work with the local community.
“Our Members have been interacting with cultural groups and youth groups to better understand their interests, and Members have made donations from their own pockets to help.
“When Government Members return to Port Moresby on Friday we will be full of energy ready for the vote, and to deliver the policy agenda of the coming year.”
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