NEW IRELAND ALLOCATES MONEY FOR PRISON

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KAVIENG, Papua New Guinea (December 30, 1998 - Radio Australia)---At least one provincial government in Papua New Guinea already has allocated matching money for prison administration during 1999.

The New Ireland provincial government has allocated $150,000 for jail operations in Kavieng, in line with a directive from the national government.

The amount represents a 50-percent commitment to cover costs, with the national government to fund the other 50 percent.

The national government cut the nation's 1999 prisons' budget by approximately 50 percent, from $19,000,000 to $9,700,000.

It also directed provincial governments to meet 50 percent of the overall prisons' budget.

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