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


“Waka Jumping” Bill Dead

Friday 2nd Jun 2000
Richard Prebble
Media Release -- Governance & Constitution

Another key Labour and Alliance election promise is dead in the water.

The so-called “waka jumping” Bill, to prevent Members of Parliament from changing parties, will not see the light of day, ACT leader Richard Prebble said today.

“Neither the Greens nor New Zealand First will support the Bill, and both ACT and National have always said that MPs must be consistently able to vote according to their conscience. The real significance of this defeat is to reinforce the fact that Labour and the Alliance are a minority government.

“If they can’t deliver on this part of their manifesto, it follows that they will be defeated on other issues,” he said.

Mr Prebble noted that when Labour had poll ratings in the “stratosphere”, both the Greens and New Zealand First were keen to support them.

“Now the coalition is unpopular, the minority parties are even keener to distance themselves from the government. I predict the media, instead of asking the Alliance what changes they’re prepared to agree to on the Employment Relations Bill, will be asking the Greens and New Zealand First the extent of the amendments they will agree to,” he said.

“Sue Bradford has already told witnesses to the select committee that the Greens will not support the section of the Bill that makes independent contractors employees.

“Given the new development on the waka jumping Bill, it’s possible the Employment Relations Bill will be amended in a far greater fashion than even Michael Cullen contemplates,” Mr Prebble said.


For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

© 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