Papua New Guinea - Research Article from Governments of the World

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A Parliamentary Westminster System of Government

During the first term of the House of Assembly (1964–1968), the Australian colonial administration was effectively the executive branch. By 1970 most Australian officials were leaning toward a Westminster system of government. What mattered most was a system of government that could facilitate the reconciliation of the diversity of the people with the unity of the country. A federal system was rejected in favor of a unitary system because a strong central government had proven useful in dealing with many intractable problems during colonial rule. Australia abdicated much of its day-to-day administrative responsibilities with the formation of the first national government. However, Chief Minister Somare was still responsible to Australia's Minister of External Territories on more significant matters.

In light of the existing micronationalist movements, the most delicate issue was how to balance power between the central government and the country's various...

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