Parliament

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

 

Lee Introduces Local Govt Bill

Lee Introduces Bills To Modernise And Democratise Local Government

The Minister of Local Government has introduced a publicly long-awaited Bill into Parliament today that provides for councils' local authority trading enterprises (LATES) to be able to operate beyond a narrow commercial focus and also be able to take into account non-commercial considerations, including social and environmental consequences.

"In future, there will be no doubt that a local authority trading enterprise should display 'a sense of social responsibility by having regard to the interests of the community in which it operates' as one of its objectives," Ms Lee said.

"The proposed law changes in the Local Government Elected Member Remuneration and Trading Enterprises Amendment Bill will enable local authorities to direct their local authority trading enterprises to use discretion over how their decisions impact on groups such as low income earners and beneficiaries."

She said the same Bill would also bring local authority trading enterprises under the official information provisions of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act and the Ombudsmen Act.

"The greater transparency that will be required of them in future is consistent with modern principles of open government," Ms Lee said.

"All these new provisions are intended to increase the accountability of councils' local authority trading enterprises to the wider community."

Ms Lee said a second Bill introduced at Parliament today, the Local Electoral Bill, would repeal the current 1976 legislation and put a more modern framework in place in time for the October 2001 local authority elections.

She said the Local Electoral Bill would provide for the adoption of preferential voting using the Single Transferable Voting (STV) method by local authorities as an option for the 2004 elections, but only if STV is the local choice.

"It will be a freely chosen option, with the decision made at the local level, " Ms Lee said.

She said STV would not be available until the 2004 local authority elections to enable local consideration of this alternative in an informed manner.
This consideration also needs to be given in the context of local authority triennial reviews of the basis of election, including issues of the number and size of wards which would impact on the effectiveness of STV.

Ms Lee said local proposals for the 2001 elections were already well under way before decisions on the introduction of this Bill were made.

The Minister said the Bill would also introduce limits on candidates’ campaign spending to promote equal opportunities for participation and fair representation.

"The notion of limiting candidate spending has been discussed by local authorities during recent months, with most favouring the setting of some form of limit ," Ms Lee said.

She said of the two measures introduced today, the Local Electoral Bill would have priority in order to ensure the new electoral framework was in place for next year's local authority elections. Ms Lee expected the Bill would be referred to the Justice and Electoral select committee and it would hear public submissions early next year.


Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching.

"There needs to be better investment in education so every child can reach their potential and we have enough teachers for every class", said NZEI Te Riu Roa lead principal negotiator Louise Green. More>>

 

Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>

ALSO:

Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Lesser Politicians: ACT Conference Promises Fewer Politicians

Party Leader David Seymour today revealed his Smaller Government Bill which will reduce the size of Parliament to 100 MPs, limit the size of the Executive to 20 Ministers, and remove the Maori seats. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages