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

 


PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – 27 May 2013

PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – 27 May 2013

Scoop Audio+Video+Photos

By Alastair Reith and Anne Russell

Today's post-Cabinet press conference was dominated by discussion of the Food in Schools programme. Prime Minister John Key says the government's food in schools programme will be comprehensive, but that it's primarily the responsibility of parents to feed their kids.

Details are being announced tomorrow, and Mr Key is keeping fairly tight lipped about the specifics until then. The plan differs from Hone Harawira's 'Feed the Kids' bill in that it will be run as a partnership with the private sector and community organisations.

*******

The Prime Minister spoke briefly to reporters today about a range of government initiatives.

Harsher penalties for sex offenders and crimes against children are being introduced, with Justice Minister Judith Collins presenting the Objectionable Publications and Indecency Legislation Bill to Parliament this week.

A $25 million action plan to tackle New Zealand's shocking youth suicide rates is set to be launched. The government will approach the issue by putting more resources into mental health programmes. Although Key referred to mental health issues as related to suicidality, social factors that exacerbate these issues were not explored. While suicide rates in Maori and Pasifika communities will be investigated by the action plan, other commentators have noted that the plan has no reference to queer suicide rates.

Mr Key praised the record of two new National MPs, with Paul Foster-Bell returning from a diplomatic posting in Saudi Arabia, and Claudette Hauiti moving into Parliament from roles in Maori radio and Auckland's Museum of Transport and Technology.

The Prime Minister is facing questions about Mighty River Power, which has seen its shares fall today to $2.37 – 13 cents below the list price of $2.50.

He shrugged off suggestions that New Zealanders were losing money as shares “took a hammering”, saying that Mighty River Power is a multi-billion dollar company and such fluctuations are normal.

Other topics addressed during today's press conference included the hold up of New Zealand meat at Chinese ports, the GCSB supreme court case and violent new entrants in Whangarei schools.

*******

Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in either
MP3 format or in OGG format.

*******

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Binoy Kampmark: Texas, Abortion And The US Supreme Court

The subject before the US Supreme Court justices in the case of Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt involved particular Texan regulations that were found to be an “undue burden” on a woman’s right to have an abortion. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Delusions Driving The “Leave” Option

Voting for “Leave” requires (a) a fantastically unbalanced view of the impact of immigration on modern Britain (b) a demonizing of the EU “regulations” that are commonplace within a modern economy and (c) a simple-minded optimism that Britain would not suffer any major damage to its economy, or to the status of the City of London. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The “T” Word, And This Sunday’s Election In Spain

Once again, the RNZ news packages from the US and UK this morning underlined the striking difference in the treatment of the Pulse night club killings in Florida and the murder of the British Labour MP, Jo Cox. More>>

Werewolf: Getting Roasted, Kiwi Style

Roasting coffee beans is an essential step in the process from plant to cup. New Zealand does not grow any coffee, so it therefore imports 100% of its coffee supply from other countries. New Zealand does however roast a lot of coffee beans. More>>

Alastair Thompson: Jo Cox's Killing Looms Large As Brexit Heads Down To Wire

The mourning period for the brutally slain pro-remain Labour MP and mother of two Jo Cox was always going to be brief. Today, Sunday 19th June, with four days to go till polling, the Brexit campaign resumed. More>>

ALSO:

Pledge Me Goal Met!
On Scoop's Current Journalism Project

Gordon Campbell: Before this crowd funding effort wraps up tonight, I thought I should provide an update on the mental health journalism project that Scoop – and its readers – are funding. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news