Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Maharey welcomes Speaker's Rrivilege Ruling

Hon Steve Maharey
Minister of Social Services and Employment
Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education)
Minister for Community and Voluntary Sector
MP for Palmerston North

24 February 2000

Maharey welcomes Speaker's privilege ruling

Associate Minister of Education (Tertiary Education) Steve Maharey this evening welcomed the decision by Parliament's Speaker, Jonathan Hunt, to dismiss a claim of breach of privilege laid against him by National MP Nick Smith.

Mr Smith claimed that Mr Maharey had misled Parliament over matters surrounding the resignation of the Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University and a subsequent reported settlement.

"I welcome Mr Speaker's ruling that I have no questions of privilege to answer.

"Dr Smith and his colleagues need to think seriously about their behaviour on this issue.

"His baseless allegations risked dragging the reputations of others outside the House through the mud simply for his own political gain.

"What the House and the public of New Zealand have been left with is clear evidence of how poorly National has adjusted to Opposition.

"Devoid of any new ideas and unwilling to back away from the policies which saw it soundly rejected by the public of New Zealand at the election, it would appear National have decided to sling mud in the hope it will rescue them from the poll doldrums.

"My message to Dr Smith is that New Zealanders want to get on with building a dynamic economy and strong communities. They do not want to be bothered by the kind of trivia that seems to attract the likes of Dr Smith", Steve Maharey said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news