BY KEITH JACKSON
OPPONENTS OF THE NEW Judicial Bill which has caused mass protests in Papua New Guinea seem to have secured a significant win. But have they?
The PNG government has deferred implementing the law, which gives parliament the power to oust judges and thus wield huge influence over the justice system.
Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has now asked the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission to undertake public consultation on the issue.
But Commission chairman, Gabriel Kapris, has already tainted this process by saying he is confident the public will support the bill.
"Once the Commission goes out and gives the public the opportunity to see the importance of this amendment, they will appreciate why the government has seen it proper to pass the bill," he said.
The Commission will report to parliament in nine months, after the national election.