Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Clark Talks Down Coalition Differences

The recent spat between coalition partners Labour and the Alliance was down-played by the Prime Minister Helen Clark today.

Speaking at the post Cabinet press conference in Parliament Prime Minister Helen Clark said there had been “amicable discussions” with Alliance Leader Jim Anderton about Labour and the Alliance’s partnership in Government.

Without elaborating on the detail, Miss Clark said the discussion was “a constructive exchange of views” on coalition management without any undertakings sought from either side.

Miss Clark also said there was no need for Cabinet to meet more often on issues of coalition differences.

The meeting today was the first since Labour dumped some key Alliance policy platforms in a bid to soften the bad news for businesses who were unhappy with planned changes to legislation.

The Alliance policies indefinitely postponed include a bill for paid parental leave and also legislation for youth rates and universal paid leave. Labour also plans to soften the impact of the Employment Relations Bill – a further source of discontent within Alliance party ranks.

The architect of the paid parental leave bill, Laila Harre, was absent from today’s meeting because of the recent death of her mother Miss Clark said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Kīngitanga: 160 Years Of Māori Monarchy

New Zealand’s Māori king, Te Arikinui Kiingi Tūheitia, recently celebrated 160 years since the installation of the first Māori monarch, Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, at Ngāruawāhia on the Waikato River in 1858. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Kavanaugh Case And Women’s Suffrage

On suffrage day when – reportedly – we celebrate women winning a political voice, and ensuring that their voices are heard, respected, and acted upon, despite all the attempts to ignore and silence them. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Are Only Old People Likely To Vote For Simon Bridges?

Around the world, young people seem to be gravitating to left wing policies and parties, leaving the old to prop up the conservative parties... the size of the gap suggests there’s more involved to this evolution than the usual clichés about the young being idealistic and the old being more realistic. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Fuss Over The PM’s Pacific Forum Trip

Truly, the abuse being levelled at PM Jacinda Ardern for doing her job at the Pacific Islands Forum shows just how much – and on how many levels – Ardern seems to enrage a goodly number of citizens. More>>