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THE Opposition had electronic or soft copies of the 2015 Budget of K16.2 billion presented to Parliament on Tuesday by Treasury Minister Patrick Pruaitch.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said it was an embarrassment for the Opposition to mislead the country with their political antiques while commending the overall discussion by a range of commentators that he said had been predominantly fair and balanced.
He said the Opposition had made a number of nonsensical claims, including going to court to block the Budget and 10 minutes later they say they would not turn up in Parliament to respond to the budget.
"This is unfortunate and these irrational antics embarrass the opposition and the country," Mr O’Neill said, adding the Opposition had sought to mislead people by claiming they had never received the Budget documents.
"This is not true. There was a technical problem in processing the electronic files to have them printed, but at the same time the Opposition had access to the electronic files when the budget was tabled."
Mr O’Neill said that analysis in PNG and internationally had reported on a range of Budget items since Tuesday.
"While the Opposition has sought to create mischief and talk the economy down, and a handful of social media commentators never miss a chance to whinge, analysis has for the most part been constructive," he said.
The commentary seen this week had provided thought-provoking and interesting analysis," he said.
The Prime Minister said attempts by Opposition members to stir trouble had backfired on them and hoped they would take a more considereded approach. PNGfacts/PostCourier
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