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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Sept. 26) - A
Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report has revealed widespread anomalies and
irregularities in the finance and administrative affairs of Parliamentary

The report, based on an inquiry by the PAC, was tabled in
Parliament yesterday by Bogia MP John Hickey.

Adverse findings were made in nearly all aspects of the
Parliamentary Services that the PAC inquired into.

Some of the major findings in the report are:

The PAC issued 18 sets of recommendations in its report,
including the cancellation of the contract with Kitoro No. 33 for the
maintenance of Parliament's garden and landscape.

The PAC said that responsibility should revert to Parliamentary

It also recommended that CCS Anvil repay K28,979 to Parliament,
and that action be taken against staff who were responsible for tendering and
awarding contract to the company.

Parliament staff who were responsible for the K39,789 to the law
firm for the recovery of a car part be held responsible, and the owner of
Reliance Motors be referred to the Public Prosecutor for failing to respond to a
PAC summons.

September 26, 2003

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