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  1. Joe Roach
    Joe Roach September 24, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    You touch upon a core problem, but only lightly – the fact that so much of the expenditure classified as capital is not in fact used for the creation of assets (roads, bridges, schools, medical facilities) though it is recorded as having been spent that way. Instead it disappears. In some provinces almost entirely. As numerous PNG audit reports attest.

  2. Chris K. Banga
    Chris K. Banga September 13, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    The article pretty much explained the current situation and I believe the expenditure has gone passed the revenue generated in PNG. ‘MP fund’ is one of the area that experienced relative increase especially during the boom period and I guess is continuing today. What does ‘MP fund’ mean? I tend to understand that MP fund refer the funds that is discretional to the MP, hence the relative increase has seen more discretional funds to the MPs.

    1. Rohan Fox
      Rohan Fox September 14, 2016 at 5:07 pm

      Yes, you are right Chris, the MP funds that we refer to are those funds which are discretionary to MP’s

      1. John Domyal
        John Domyal September 29, 2016 at 1:00 pm

        Hi Rohan and Chris

        The MP funds is only a term used to refer to a number of funds given to the electorate in which the MP is the CEO/ chairman of these funds, eg DSIP. Out of the DSIP there is a certain % as discretionary fund for the MP to use not for personal gain but still for public good. However in practice the MP ended up deciding for all the funds; how, where, when & whom it should be used. That’s why we can simply say “MP funds”.

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