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

 


Radio waves: Racism or just corrupt politics

"The Government's offer to Maori of a guaranteed discounted allocation of radio spectrum seems to be racist pork barrelling," says ACT justice spokesman Stephen Franks.

Recent auction sales in the UK saw breathtaking prices paid for spectrum. Telecommunication analysts expect some frequencies to sell for over one million dollars.

"The Government accepted the Waitangi Tribunal dissenting opinion that radio waves were not a Maori taonga. So if this offer is not to settle a claim under the Treaty, then what is it?"

"Mr Mallard is not making the same offer to non-Maori? What constitutional principle allows him to give openly racial preference with taxpayer money?

"Trevor Mallard needs to answer the following questions, if this is not to be another Fisheries Commission, still bickering over ownership a decade later:

1. Who is a Maori in terms of benefiting from this settlement? How will those benefiting know who they are? Who will speak for them and control the assets for them? Will the managers be democratically elected?

2. What protection will the structure have against nepotism and waste?

3. Has he taken legal advice on whether this offer does in fact amount to a recognition of a Treaty claim and, if not, why not, and, if so, what does that advice say?

4. Would he be making this offer if the government's legislative programme was not being held to ransom by its Maori caucus?

"Or is it instead designed to place spectrum under the control of people friendly to the current government? What protection will there be of the neutrality requirements for New Zealand political broadcasting?

"It appears the New Zealand taxpayer may be made to foot the bill for Government endorsed racism," said Stephen Franks.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

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>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news