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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Provincial Government expects more as Prime Minister warned of big change in 2007 National Budget.

Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare had warned of big changes in the preparation of the 2007 Budget.

The Government Communications Unit quote the Prime Minister as saying the budget will be structured in-line with Government's bottom up approach.

He says provinces will get a bigger allocation than has been the practice in the past.

No date has yet been set for the Budget session in Parliament.

But while Government has yet to announce how much it expects the total budget will cost, a number of critics have already predicted a severe blow in the development budget if the current stand off with Australia is not resolved quickly.

The Opposition leader, Fred Fono is warning of severe shortfalls in the budget without the full participation of close development partners.

The Opposition leader is calling on the Government to speed up conciliatory talks with Australia to resolve the current stand-off

Mr Fono says it must be sorted out before the Government finds itself in a dire dilemma of embarrassment over its 2007.


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