Why didn't the govt seek advice on legal matters, especially new laws, from the Dept of Justice & AG, especially the State Solicitors office? Perhaps DJAG and SS are considered stumbling blocks to political ends? the recruiting of mercenary lawyers to do a job that public service lawyers could do with their meager salary means 2 things:
1. That the advice public service lawyers give, despite being constitutionally sound and in the national interest, is NOT in the best interest of the political master/client;
2. The political masters are not interested in DUE PROCESS and therefore not interested in the rule of law-which is something most govt lawyers are VERY INTERESTED in.
So while govt lawyers are very competent, to the politicians and their objectives, they are quite REDUNDANT...stumbling blocks.
Mercenary lawyers are hired because they are smart, shrewd and are loyal to profit. They can spin something to make it seem right even when it's blatantly wrong. Even to the point that they convince clear thinkers. To the client it's a bonus if the lawyer is a senior in the fraternity. It also helps a great deal with credibility.
Perhaps the lawyers from the "other side" are not as active in defending their moves because they probably understand the TRUTH. And Truth doesn't always need defending. It's validity is not dependent on how many people believe it. It just is. And almost always people will eventually recognize it.
Why wasn't the State Solicitor consulted on validity of some laws--which is his job to do so? Cause he would have most likely advised against their use-fullness and Constitutionality. So they took it to people who could find a "gap", and make the argument that those laws are ok.
The SS is paid by the people of PNG with an fundamental instruction to interpret the Constitution objectively. Most Mercenary lawyers do not have that foundation nor that commitment to the Constitution...
God Bless PNG