UPNG BOYCOTTS IN PROTEST OVER BILL,
Students at the University of Papua New
Guinea boycotted classes today in protest over Parliament's passage of
the controversial Judicial Conduct Bill.
And there's still uncertainty whether the boycotting will continue.
In a statement, the Student
Representative Council President Emmanuel Issac labelled the new law as
dictatorial, that will interfere with the Constitutional functions of
The student council has put together a
petition, consisting more than one-hundred points, for Parliament to
rescind its decision.
Copies of the petition will be
presented to Speaker Jeffery Nape, and Parliament-elect Prime Minister
Peter O'Neil by the Student Representative Council, while other copies
will be given to the 109 members of Parliament.
A Review of the Judicial Conduct Bill 2012
the students of the University of Papua New Guinea have met today in
light of the actions of our National Parliament in regard to the passing
of the Judicial Conduct Bill, which virtually gives Parliament the
power to suspend Honourable Justices of the National and Supreme
While we honour the pledge we made to support the O’Neill/Namah
Government back in the Prime Minister’s September 2011 visit to THE
Waigani Campus, WE IN THE STRONGEST OF TERMS DENOUNCE THE PASSING OF THE
JUDICIAL CONDUCT BILL 2012.
educated Papua New Guineans we have discussed the Bill and its
implications at length in forums sanctioned by the UPNG SRC. We have had
our Law Students, Politics students, Public Policy Students and
students from all schools of thought read into the Bill and offer their
learned views on what this law will effectively mean for the future of
Governance in Papua New Guinea.
we have, in One Voice concluded that the Judicial Conduct Bill is
dangerous and abusive of established Constitutional and legislative
processes and Offices already in operation and force.
In this brief paper we will discuss the Bill’s substantive provisions and our concerns regarding to each.