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


Minister not interested in New Zealanders' views

Richard Worth Opposition Environment Spokesperson

29 March 2000

Minister not interested in New Zealanders' views - her mind's made up

The Minister for the Environment has told the Local Government and Environment Select Committee that submitters are wasting their time appearing before the Select Committee to support their submissions on the Resource Management Bill as the Government's mind is already made up. Her comments at a select committee briefing have outraged Opposition Environment Spokesperson Richard Worth.

"The Government has no intention of supporting provisions in the bill aimed at saving time and money in contestable consent processing, commissioner hearings, and direct referrals to the environment court. A Government Minister virtually telling submitters not to bother, as the Government won't be voting for it anyway makes a mockery of the democratic select committee process.

"Why is it that this Government doesn't want to hear what New Zealanders really think? They are only interested in the views of people who agree with their ideology.

"The select committee should approach its deliberations with an open mind. Its job is to review the Bill, consider submissions and report its view to Parliament. Select Committees will simply not be the Government's lap dogs telling them only what they want to hear.

"Ms Hobbs needs to take advice on the use of her ministerial power before we see more attempts to muzzle a democratic process," Mr Worth said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

KiwiBailed: KiwiBuild Head Officially Resigns

The head of Kiwibuild, Stephen Barclay has officially resigned from the role. In a statement issued on his behalf, it was announced that he would step down from today [Friday].

Housing Minister Phil Twyford's office said he would not be commenting on Mr Barclay's resignation as it was an employment matter. Last month, Mr Twyford confirmed that Mr Barclay had not been at work for a number of weeks. More>>


Welfare Stats: Rise In Hardship Numbers Shows Income Inadequacy

The latest Ministry of Social Development quarterly report show that a record number of people have received hardship assistance from work and income, with an additional 40,000 hardship payments made between September and December 2018, compared to the previous quarter of the same year... More>>


DHBs "Prepared": Junior Doctors Strike Again

The needs of acute patients will be met during tomorrow's junior doctor strike, a DHB spokesperson says... Almost 3000 junior doctors are expected to walk off the job, which will affect all DHBs apart from West Coast District Health Board. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>


JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>


Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

Trainers: Taratahi Institute of Agriculture In Interim Liquidation

Taratahi employ 250 staff and this year has provided education to over 2500 students. Taratahi owns and manages 8 farms throughout the country. More>>


IPCA Report: Complaints About Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha

The Authority has found that DC Haumaha acted improperly by approaching staff and others to provide information to support him to refute the allegations about his 2016 conduct, or solicited other staff to do so on his behalf... More>>





InfoPages News Channels