Parliament

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

 

Claytons vote on free trade deal

21 August 2000

Claytons vote on free trade deal

The Green Party today strongly criticised the Government for refusing to be bound by a parliamentary vote on the Singapore free trade agreement.

"Helen Clark's admission today that the Government will not be bound by a vote on the Singapore Free Trade deal is undermining the credibility of parliament," said Green Party co-leader Rod Donald.

"The Government's decision to hold a Clayton's vote on the Singapore deal after a perfunctionary select committee process is an insult to parliamentary democracy and will make New Zealand an international laughing stock," he said.

Mr Donald said that while he was pleased there would at least be a parliamentary debate on the topic to enable parties to place their perspectives on the record, either the vote should be binding or there should be none.

"The proposed half way house is a farce to provide the Alliance with an out," said Mr Donald.

"If the Alliance do not support this deal, which would be consistent with their previous position on free trade, then one party of the minority government, Labour, will in effect be imposing their wishes on to the rest of the country.

"The irony will not be lost that only last week the Government relied on the Green Party to pass a bill promoting good faith bargaining for industrial relations," said Mr Donald.

"Now that same government is determined to force through a trade deal which will inevitably undermine the lot of working New Zealanders."

Ends

Rod Donald MP: 025 507 183

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders.

US President Donald Trump is kicking off his week at the UN by holding an event to promote the US document called the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem. More>>

 

Pay Equity: Cabinet Funds Deal For Oranga Tamariki Social Workers

The Minister said that an agreement in principle has been reached between Oranga Tamariki and the PSA on a settlement worth $114.6m over five years. More>>

ALSO:

Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>

ALSO:

Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels