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

 


Two Maiden Speeches Given

Two new MPs from Labour and National made their first speeches in Parliament this afternoon.

Labour’s new MP for Christchurch East Poto Williams said she had grown up with not a lot, but her father always had a job and there was always food on the table, New Zealand had changed a lot.

She spoke about the victims of child abuse whose plight showed their needed to be a society which cared for the vulnerable.

Political parties agreed on this, but had different ways of getting there.

Williams spoke of her wish where all had an equal opportunity to get ahead on a level playing field.

New Zealand had a low wage economy which had pushed more people into poverty, she said.

Parents needed support to raise children to prevent child abuse.

Her electorate was still recovering from the earthquakes, but many were still suffering and there still high levels of stress and ill-health.

National’s new list MP Jo Hayes said she was humbled to be in Parliament and ecstatic to be part of the National caucus under the leadership of John Key. Hayes also praised National’s coalition partners.

She had grown up in Ekatahuna and other small rural towns with her family ensuring they had love and all the necessities even though they were poor.

Hayes said she had been brought to believe if people worked hard anything was possible.

The House then adjourned for the dinner break and after this MPs turned to the committee stage of the Subantarctic Islands Marine Reserves Bill taking all parts as one debate.

**
ParliamentToday.co.nz is a breaking news source for New Zealand parliamentary business featuring broadcast daily news reports

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

David Swanson: Torture Is Mainstream Now

As Rebecca Gordon notes in her new book, Mainstreaming Torture, polls find greater support in the United States for torture now than when Bush was president. And it's not hard to see why that would be the case. More>>

Uri Avnery: In One Word: Poof!

Poor John Kerry. This week he emitted a sound that was more expressive than pages of diplomatic babble. In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations committee he explained how the actions of the Israeli government had torpedoed the “peace ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: The Poverty Incentive: Making The Poor Carry The Refugee Can

The poorer you are, the more likely you need to shoulder more. This axiomatic rule of social intercourse, engagement and daily living is simple and brutal enough: the poor shall hold, conserve, preserve. More>>

Nureddin Sabir: BBC Misreports John Kerry On Talks Failure

For once, US Secretary of State John Kerry was not mincing his words when he blamed Israel for the breakdown of talks with the Palestinians. But you would not have known this if you were following the story from the BBC News website. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Narendra Modi, And The Elections In India

On the upside, the gigantic election process that began yesterday in India is the largest exercise in democracy on the planet. Reportedly, a staggering five million people are employed, directly or indirectly, in the election process. The likely outcome is not quite so welcome... More>>

ALSO:

Ramzy Baroud: Kerry’s Looming Deadline And The Peace Process Industry

As the US-imposed April 29 deadline for a ‘framework’ agreement between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority looms, time is also running out for the American administration itself. More>>

Harvey Wasserman: Fighting Our Fossil-Nuke Extinction

The 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez disaster has brought critical new evidence that petro-pollution is destroying our global ecosystem. The third anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown in Japan confirms that radioactive reactor ... More>>

Shobha Shukla: Rise In Global Health Financing, But Funding Priorities Shift

A new research done by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), at the University of Washington, indicates that globally the total development assistance for health (DAH) hit an all-time high of $31.3 billion in 2013 (a year-over-year ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 
TEDxAuckland
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news