Posted By Staff Reporter
The Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister’s Office, Isaac Lupari, has called on the former Treasurer, Hon Don Polye, to exercise caution in the ongoing stream of legal action and impediments he has instigated that are costing the nation millions of Kina.
“Every citizen has the right to instigate legal processes but this should not be frivolous where there is little chance that the claims will be deemed as legitimate,” Mr Lupari said.
“The effect of frivolous litigation is that it creates unnecessary and unwarranted confusion in the public and investment community.
“The only winners from frivolous litigation are the lawyers as each of these cases cost money through legal fees, and this also ties up limited court time.
Mr Lupari said it would not be appropriate to detail each of the specific actions in which the former Treasurer has been involved, but most of these have been reported in the media.
The Chief of Staff also made the point that the media campaign undertaken by the former Treasure has further sought to harm national confidence at a time when everyone else is welcoming positive growth.
“In the lead-up to this sitting of Parliament Mr Polye released a number of claims in the media that were based on inaccurate information and unfounded rumors.
“Recently Mr Polye was repeating claims made by a Vanuatu-based organization relating to the national budget that were subsequently proven to be inaccurate.
“He would be better served to base his comments on evidence and fact rather than listening to foreign think-tanks which do not have access to correct information.
“Don Polye knows better than anybody, being the last Treasurer, that forward budget planning was premised on planned deficits leading to forecast high national economic growth.
“He is also well aware of the planning and growth forecast that the Government is adhering to as part of the Medium Term Fiscal Strategy to guide budget policy.
“Every expenditure that is being made was committed within the budgetary framework and there is no spending outside the budget.”
“As a former Treasurer he should be sensitive to the impact that inaccurate information can have on market confidence.
“Leaders need to be sensible and exercise restraint and prudence on public policy debates.”
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