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


Mallard’s Attack A Personal Smear

ACT Leader Hon Richard Prebble today said the Education Minister’s attempt to influence the membership of the Parliamentary Select Committee inquiry into literacy was close to a breach of privilege.

Mr Prebble said it was a contempt to try to prevent an MP form carrying out their Parliamentary duties.

“Donna Awatere Huata is a world recognised expert in reading. Her four minute programme is internationally recognised.

“Mr Mallard knows that Donna has no conflict of interest. It’s as absurd to claim that an MP shouldn’t be involved in a Select Committee inquiry into reading because they have developed a reading programme in the past as it would be to say that Trevor Mallard shouldn’t be Minister because he was a school teacher in the past and he will be one again after the next election.

“What is disturbing is that Mr Mallard said to me in Parliament that he would attack Donna to retaliate for ACT’s questioning of Mr Tamihere’s role in the Waipareira Trust.

“On the face of it Donna appears to have been singled out simply because she is Maori – exactly what ACT was accused of doing.

“Mr Mallard should, as Minister of Education, be praising Donna for having raised the vital question of why so many New Zealand children, especially Maori, are failing to read, instead of engaging in this personal smear attack,” said Hon Richard Prebble.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


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>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news