The Supplementary Budget Bill will total about K533 million and indications are that its 2011 budget is likely to achieve the K8 billion mark. The proposed K533 million supplementary budget was announced last week in the Highlands and Morobe by Finance and Treasury Minister, Peter O’Neill.
A hitch though for the Government is that it currently does not have the 83 absolute majority required to pass the proposed women’s bill.
Mr Tiensten, who is also the Leader of Government Business, has indicated that the women’s bill can be easily passed depending on the acquisition of the 83 required votes.
For the Government, he said that was in order but it needed the extra support which he said women and government leaders had to garner and convince the Opposition to give their votes.
Indications are that the Government could move to suspend Standing Orders to allow for both the first and second readings of the Women’s Bill with the third only a formality based on the support of the full House or at least the required 83 Members.