LIAM FOX | ABC
LAST WEEK WAS A ROWDY WEEK in Papua New Guinea's parliament. Allegations that the government made millions of dollars in bogus payments to prominent law firm Paul Paraka Lawyers dominated the sitting.
But it was a controversy that almost wasn't.
When the opposition leader Belden Namah first tried to raise the matter, the Speaker prevented him from asking questions, saying a court order prevented parliament from discussing the matter. That prompted a massive backlash on social media.
Facebook is the most popular avenue for Papua New Guineans wanting to express themselves online, and the biggest discussion group is called Sharp Talk. It has more than 11,000 members and some of them vented their disgust at the Speaker's decision.