Students on strike over PNG's law to control judges

The Law Reform Commission is inquiring into the proposed legislation enabling judges to be sacked. [ABC]
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The Law Reform Commission is inquiring into the proposed legislation enabling judges to be sacked. [ABC]

Last Updated: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 07:02:00 +1100

University students in parts of Papua New Guinea are refusing to go to class, in protest at the government's new Judicial Conduct Law.

Students have joined trade unions in calling on authorities to repeal the controversial law, which gives the government the power to sack senior judges.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has suspended the application of the law while the Law Reform Commission holds an inquiry into its scope.

Joe Kaowai, from Lae's University of Technology , told Radio Australia the majority of the country has not been consulted about the law.

"They are trying to influence the judiciary arm of the government, " he said..

"They don't want independence so what we want, what the students want, is for these three arms of the government to remain independent.

"We are talking and fighting on behalf of the silent majority of this country."

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