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18 February 2012

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Mi wanbel long Dr.Clement Waine.

The Defence Force may be deployed to assist civil authorities restore civil order only after a 'call-out' is endorsed by parliament and the legal instruments issued by the Head of State to effect it.

No minister of state, including the Prime Minister, can simply direct the PNGDF Commander to task his troops without observing due procedures.

To do so would compromise the Commander's position in that there will not be legal cover for the troops being deployed.

As the situation stands at the moment, there is no serious threat to national security, since it is a routine police matter and should be left to the police to deal with.

The Defence Force should not be used unnecessarily as a football for political convenience (let's be honest about that!).

This episode is far from being an "act of terrorism". Surely the power to call the defence force into a civilian conflict is vested in Parliament and not individual MPs or persons?

I think we are going too far!

I'm glad Martyn Namarong was allowed into the province. I hope he learnt a lot during his time there.

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