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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (August 20, 2002 – Post-Courier)---Speaker Bill Skate says he will cut 10 percent from the allowances for all Members of Parliament.

Mr. Skate told a function held at the Galley Restaurant to farewell former Speaker and ex-Wewak MP Bernard Narokobi that he would cut all MPs’ allowances by 10 percent to save money for the National Parliament.

Mr. Skate said he would continue from where Mr. Narokobi had left and would not make changes to Parliamentary services, which he described to be effective and professional.

He said Clerk Ano Pala would be in charge and that his job was to ensure that the Standing Orders were followed.

Mr. Skate said he hoped Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare would give him adequate funds to effectively run the Parliamentary committees.

Mr. Narokobi thanked Mr. Skate for recognizing the take-over and offered his services and advice, if required.

He urged Mr. Skate to look into the housing needs and retirement benefits for the Parliamentary staff, and added that Parliament and the courts were the only two institutions working well in the country.

The function was also attended by Clerk of Parliament Ano Pala and his staff.

Mr. Pala said his staff members were comfortable with changes and he thanked Mr. Narokobi "for brining all the blessings into Parliament."

He said the new Speaker would be taking over Parliament with sound and effective staff and foundation.

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