Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Prebble’s Breach Grandstanding Says Clark

The Government is unlikely to lodge a complaint against ACT leader Richard Prebble, even though he almost certainly breached Parliamentary privilege, Prime Minister Helen Clark said today.

Miss Clark was referring to Mr Prebble’s revelations this morning of six key principles in the government’s new industrial legislation, the Employment Relations Bill, before it was printed - a breach of the rules of Parliament, which requires MPs to keep legislation confidential until it is tabled in the House.

Mr Prebble accused the Government of intentionally delaying the Bill to frustrate ACT's plans to hold public seminars on it today. He said the select committee considering the Bill had told him it would be released today.

Miss Clark said she believed Mr Prebble’s actions were motivated by political grandstanding rather than any legitimate concerns the Government was stalling releasing the legislation.

“Mr. Prebble had no guarantee the [Select Committee] process would be finished by today – the clear mandate for the release was tomorrow, the first of August.”

“His actions today were almost certainly a breach of privilege - whether anyone can bothered to formally raise the issue is another matter.”

Miss Clark said the Government was likely to leave any complaints about the breach in the hands of New Zealand First Industrial Relations Spokesperson Peter Brown, who has threatened to make a formal objection.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>

ALSO:

Buildup:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>

ALSO:

Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>

ALSO:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news