Parliament

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

 

Dunne Is A Time Waster Too

“Peter Dunne is the last person who should be criticising the delaying tactics used against the ERB” says Alliance Whip Grant Gillon “It’s the height of hypocrisy to criticise the hundreds of time wasting amendments moved by the Opposition – and then go ahead and vote for nearly all of them!”

Grant Gillon also questions Dunne’s complaints about the $29 million cost of the passage of the ERB. “Most of that amount is MP’s wages which would have been paid regardless. Surely tax payers have got value for money in the last week of urgency with MPs putting in long hours – this is the first time I’ve seen Annabel Young yawning from overwork!”

Grant Gillon says that Employment Relations is important for the country and deserves a thorough debate of the issues.

“Dunne does have a legitimate concern about Parliament being brought into disrepute by frivolous amendments and endless spurious points of order. There are some practical steps that can be taken to limit the filibustering.”

Grant Gillon recommends that there should be time limits on all debates including committee stages. He also says that all amendments should be lodged with the Office of the Clerk before the commencement of the committee stage.

“I hope this issue will be raised at the next meeting of the Standing Orders Committee of Parliament”.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Davos World Economic Forum: Ardern Upbeat Despite Absences

The prime minister will soon wrap up her first day at the World Economic Forum in Davos, which is notable for who is there as much as who isn't.

Domestic political crises have kept a number of world leaders at home including US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Shipping Is NZ’s New Trade Problem

So Jacinda Ardern and Theresa May have signed a piece of paper promising peace in our time when it comes to our trade with Britain... Brexit is not the only concern. More>>

ALSO:

Reshuffle: National Announces Spokesperson For Drug Reform

National Leader Simon Bridges has appointed Paula Bennett to the new position of Spokesperson for Drug Reform as the Government pushes ahead with its agenda of drug decriminalisation, to signal National’s commitment to holding them to account. More>>

ALSO:

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]. More>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

Earlier:

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>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels