PNG laws hamper votes of no confidence

The government of Papua New Guinea has flexed its political muscle for the second time in two days, passing amendments critics say will make it harder to unseat Prime Minister Peter O’Neill.


The vote, to amend PNG’s constitution to give parliament a month’s notice before votes of no confidence, was carried – on a vote of 82/2 – amid calls by deputy opposition leader Sam Basil for Mr O’Neill to resign.

Mr Basil said the report recommending the law was doctored.

The laws also require parliament to sit for a minimum of 40 days a year, down from 63, and require a minimum of 22 of PNG’s 111 MPs to mount a vote of no confidence.

Mr O’Neill told the single House of Parliament he will resign if he loses the confidence of at least half the country’s sitting national MPs.

“To maintain confidence in a government you will continue to need 56 members of parliament to maintain that level of confidence, and I want to reassure this house, if I ever lose that confidence, I will resign as prime minister,” the Post Courier reported him as saying.

Since his election win in August 2012, Mr O’Neill has seen his grand coalition grow to 101 MPs with just a handful of undeclared MPs. The opposition numbers just seven.

Deputy opposition leader Sam Basil and opposition MP Tobias Kulang were the only nay votes.

The laws passed on Thursday are watered down versions of laws proposed by Mr O’Neill earlier this year.

The original was for votes of no confidence to be made public three months before the vote, with the backing of 37 MPs.

The vote marks the second time in recent days the government has passed major legislation.

On Wednesday, parliament passed laws granting the state 100 per cent ownership of the Ok Tedi copper mine in the Western highlands.

The laws also quashed mining giant BHP’s immunity from prosecution for damage sustained when the mine was built.

Earlier this year, parliament voted to extend bans on votes of no confidence from 18 to 30 months of a government’s five year term.

Mr O’Neill has argued previous governments – which in PNG are always made of broad coalitions of different parties – have been held hostage by surprise threats of votes of no confidence in the past.

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Honda eyes quadruple Indonesian sales

Japan’s Honda Motor launched its first low-cost car for Indonesia’s booming automotive market Thursday, part of plans to more than quadruple sales in the country by 2016.


The launch of the Mobilia, a multi-purpose vehicle, comes as Honda builds its second plant in Indonesia to boost both production and sales.

Honda sold nearly 70,000 vehicles in Indonesia in 2012, and 62,000 in the first nine months of this year.

“Now we are going to enter the more mass-oriented market,” president-director of Honda’s Indonesian arm, Tomoki Uchida, told reporters.

“Our target is to achieve 300,000 unit sales in 2016,” he said.

With its second plant Honda plans to increase production capacity in Indonesia from 80,000 units to 200,000 by early next year.

Japanese carmakers hold a 95 per cent share of Indonesia’s market of around one million units annually in recent years.

Honda holds an 8.4 per cent share, far behind Toyota with 40 per cent.

Toyota has stayed ahead with its multi-purpose vehicles, popular with Indonesians who often travel with large families and prefer high elevation to cope with floods during the wet season.

A burgeoning middle class is moving up from motorbikes to low-cost family cars, with multi-purpose vehicles representing more than 30 per cent of the total market.

Indonesia, with a population of 240 million, has become a target for automakers as sales slow in developed nations and as its people become wealthier.

The car market is expected to exceed Thailand’s and become the biggest in Southeast Asia next year.

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Napoli aiming for sole lead of Serie A

Fired-up Napoli are looking to build on their impressive start to the Serie A season under Rafael Benitez with a win at ailing AC Milan on Sunday.


Napoli beat last year’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund in a midweek Champions League match and share the lead in Italy with AS Roma, who could take sole possession of top spot if they do better against city rival Lazio than Napoli do against Milan.

But after finishing second to Juventus last season, Napoli is confident of winning a first title since Diego Maradona led them to glory in 1990.

“We have a great team, a great coach and I hope we can go on like this,” striker Gonzalo Higuain told Sky Sport Italia.

“A striker likes to feel he is important and know he has the faith of the coach.”

Although AC Milan ran out 2-0 winners over Celtic, the Rossoneri failed to convince against the Scottish champions, who dominated for long spells in the second half.

Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri was quick to turn his attention to Sunday when he will be without a host of first-team regulars.

Having claimed just one win in their last three league games, Allegri can only look at Napoli in admiration.

“Compliments to Benitez. In two months, he’s created a strong team which is tactically versatile,” he said.

“For us it will be a difficult game.”

With only mid-table games being played on Saturday, all eyes will be on Inter, Fiorentina and Juventus – who are just two points adrift of Napoli and Roma and could go top with a win.

Inter, a disappointing ninth last year, have enjoyed a positive start under former Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri and will expect three points when they visit promoted Sassuolo, who prop up the table after three defeats and just one goal.

Juventus will be expecting the same return when they host Verona, where midfielder Claudio Marchisio could return from a knee injury suffered in the Italian Super Cup final triumph over Lazio last month.

Fiorentina, held 1-1 at home to Cagliari last week, travel to Atalanta without injured striker Mario Gomez and midfielder Juan Cuadrado.

With eight goals and just one conceded, Roma are flying under new coach Rudi Garcia and will be expected to dominate a Lazio side that has shipped five in three games.

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Scorchers try to spin their way to glory

Perth Scorchers coach Justin Langer will consider a four-pronged spin attack in his attempt to guide a young side to glory in this year’s Twenty20 Champions League.


The Scorchers have been dealt blow after blow in the lead-up to the lucrative tournament, which will be held in India this year.

Shaun Marsh, Mitch Marsh and Pat Cummins have all been ruled out through injury, while Mike Hussey and Nathan Coulter-Nile are also unavailable after being called up by their Indian Premier League sides.

On top of that, the Scorchers will be without veteran all-rounder Alfonso Thomas after he failed to secure a release from his English County side Somerset.

Although the Scorchers lack star-power, their spinning stocks look to be a major strength.

Hogg and Michael Beer are already proven T20 performers, while Ashton Agar and Ashton Turner are rising stars of Australian cricket.

“Our spinners are the advantage we’ve got, particularly in India as well,” Langer said.

“And two of those are spinning all-rounders.

“Ashton Agar opened the batting and batted three for us in our pre-season games in Darwin, and he batted magnificently well. And Ashton Turner is the same: he could bat anywhere in the order.

“It gives us great depth to be able to have those guys available. They might all play in India.”

Hogg isn’t contracted for this summer’s Big Bash League in Australia, but hopes a strong showing in India will earn him a deal.

The Scorchers start their Champions League campaign on Monday with a match against South African champions Highveld Lions in Ahmedabad.

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Moscow derbies take centre stage

Two Moscow derbies that may prove decisive dominate the Russian Premier League this weekend.


Reigning champions CSKA Moscow face a tough examination of their title claims against city rivals Spartak in Moscow’s most famous derby at the Lokomotiv stadium on Sunday.

CSKA lead the league with 20 points from eight matches, three points ahead of Spartak, who share second with Zenit St Petersburg.

Matches between CSKA and Spartak are historically tense, causing concern for Moscow police with rival fans known for their mutual hatred.

Mass brawls between CSKA and Spartak supporters ahead and after their league meetings have become routine.

CSKA go into the match on the back of a disappointing 3-0 defeat in their Champions League opener against European champions Bayern Munich.

They have also been hit by a number of injuries.

Ivory Coast sharpshooter Soydou Doumbia has a hip problem picked up in the Red Army side’s match with Amkar Perm two weeks ago and is sidelined for around four more weeks.

Russian international midfielder Alan Dzagoev is also out for up to three weeks after his leg injury suffered against Rostov last time out.

Sweden midfielder Rasmus Elm is unavailable, still recovering from a foot injury.

Spartak have injury problems of their own, as their Italian defender Salvatore Bocchetti, Ukrainian goalkeeper Andrei Dykan, and Brazilian midfielder Romulo are all out along with recently-signed German Serdar Tasci, who has arrived at Spartak’s base with a minor leg injury.

Another pair of Moscow clubs, Dynamo and Lokomotiv, open the weekend program on Saturday.

Dynamo, who earned a confident 4-1 win at Yekaterinburg on Monday courtesy of Andrei Voronin’s hat-trick, will be without German striker Kevin Kuranyi and Armenian international goalkeeper Roman Berezovsky.

Fourth-placed railway-backed Lokomotiv will visit Dynamo’s Khimki Arena without their first-choice Brazilian goalkeeper Guilherme.

Three-time former champions Zenit take on fifth-placed Rostov.

Zenit are without skipper Roman Shirokov who is out for three weeks after suffering a hip injury in last week’s match with Terek Grozny, while their Italian left back Domenico Criscito is still short of full fitness.

Rostov are missing French forward Florent Sinama-Pongolle.

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