Parliament

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

 

United New Zealand Is Parliament's Voice Of Reason


Wednesday 30 August 2000

UNITED NEW ZEALAND IS PARLIAMENT'S VOICE OF REASON

United New Zealand is the voice of reason often lacking in contemporary politics, the party's leader, Hon Peter Dunne, told the Massey University Politics Society today.

Mr Dunne said New Zealanders had had enough of the overwhelming arrogance of the left and the right who continue to believe that only they have the answers.

"For example, the recent debate on the Employment Relations Act was primarily about whose view of the world was right, rather than what the best form of industrial law should be."

"This rigid, narrow and destructive adherence to ideological dogma by both sides holds our country back and alienates many people," he said.

Mr Dunne says by concentrating unashamedly on common sense United was the voice of reason.

"Common sense may not always grab media headlines, but many New Zealanders tell us they are sick and tired of the current shallow and sensational approach to politics, dominated by shallow, snappy soundbites and cynical stunts."

"They yearn instead for common sense, for politicians who tell like it is, and who just get on with it, without all the game playing."

"New Zealanders want a country that is a modern multicultural society, free of all its current hang-ups, and built around the family and its interdependence with strong, caring and compassionate community organisations such as churches, schools, charitable and other service groups, as these form the basis from which our society springs."

"The hard working mums and dads, who are out on the sidelines at their kid's sports every Saturday, and who just want to get on with their lives and do their best for their families, without all the hype and nonsense, just want politicians to do likewise."

"That is the role United New Zealand exists to play," Mr Dunne said.

ENDS




© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Fair Pay Agreements Good: CTU Releases Report On Sector Bargaining

The Council of Trade Unions has today released an independent report conducted by economic research company BERL into the validity of sector bargaining.

And the findings are clear - there is no economic reason not to implement sector bargaining but many social and individual wellbeing reasons to do so. More>>

 

IPCA: Offensive Language, Misuse Of Pepper Spray

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that, following a pursuit in Auckland, a man was dealt with inappropriately and unprofessionally by a Police officer during his arrest. More>>

ALSO:

Stats NZ: Gender Inclusive Questions Introduced

More than 28,000 New Zealand households will be asked to take part in the upcoming Household Economic Survey. Starting this year, the survey will ask people to describe their gender – whether that is male, female, or if they see themselves another way, such as one of many non-binary genders. More>>

New Report: Are We Listening To Children?

A report released today is a sharp reminder that what children and young people say makes a difference, and that it’s time we paid more attention to their views, says Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft. More>>

ALSO:

The Nation: Canadian Euthanasia Practitioner Stefanie Green

The euthanasia debate is progressing, with the End of Life Choice Bill expected to have its second reading in Parliament on Wednesday. A similar bill was passed in Canada in 2016 ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Gun Buy-Back Scheme

Do gun amnesties and buy-backs save lives? Since it’s always difficult to exclude all of the socio-economic factors that may be operating in parallel, the die-hard denialists in the gun lobby will always be able to find a bit of wiggle room. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Op Burnham Revelations

Eight centuries ago at Beziers in France, the papal soldiers besieging the town faced much the same problem as the New Zealand troops engaged in Operation Burnham – namely, how to how to tell the difference among the town’s inhabitants as to which were Cathar heretics, and which were true Catholics... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels