Parliament

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

 

Consistency Is Not Dr Cullen’s Strongpoint - ACT

Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen should be consistent and apply the same criteria to his government’s legislation as he did to the Greens’ amendments, said ACT Health spokesman Hon Ken Shirley.

During debate over the Public Health and Disability bill that will establish 21 elected District Health Boards, Finance Minister, Dr Michael Cullen, vetoed an amendment by Green MP, Sue Kedgley, to create a separate public health agency. He said the government does not have the money to spread around on additional committees.

“If Michael Cullen is worried about bureaucratic duplication and proliferation he should look at his government’s legislation first.

“The Public Health and Disability bill will establish 21 health boards with a statutory minimum of three sub committees, so instead of hospital budgets being spent on operations or new staff already scarce resources will be wasted on a bureaucratic monster.

“Labour has re-politicised the health sector at the expense of common-sense.

“The only certainty from the Public Health and Disability bill is that there will be less funds for patients in need,” said Hon Ken Shirley.




© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Detail Released: Firearms Buy-Back Scheme "Strikes Fair Balance"

Licensed firearms owners will get fair compensation for weapons handed in during the six-month buy-back and amnesty, Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Police Minister Stuart Nash announced today.

The fund available for the buy-back and amnesty has also increased by $40 million through a contribution from ACC. The total set aside for the scheme is now over $200 million. More>>

 

2020 Election Changes: Same Day Enrolment, Supermarket Voting

New Zealand’s democracy is to be enhanced, with voters gaining the right to enrol on election day at next year’s general election and allowing ballot boxes to be placed in supermarkets and malls to make it easier for people to vote, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. More>>

ALSO:

"Population Density": Stats NZ, Phone Companies To Track People's Movements

Stats NZ is partnering with cellphone companies to launch a new way of tracking people's movements every hour. More>>

ALSO:

QS University Rankings: NZ Ranks Well "Despite Resourcing Constraints"

New Zealand universities continue to do well in international rankings, with the release of the 2020 QS world rankings showing that all eight universities remain in the world’s top 500. More>>

ALSO:

Mosque Attacks: 21 Month Prison Sentence For Sharing Live Stream Video

A Christchurch man who admitted redistributing the livestream video of the mosque killings has been sentenced to 21 months in prison. More>>

ALSO:

Operation Burnham Inquiry: Afghan Villagers Pull Out

The Afghan villagers involved with the inquiry into Operation Burnham say they have lost faith in the process and will no longer take part. More>>

ALSO:

Child 'Uplifts': Children’s Commissioner To Conduct Review

“At the time of the attempted uplift from Hawke’s Bay Maternity Hospital at the beginning of May, our Office shared our views on the critical importance of the mother-child relationship, and the fact that this relationship is denied to too many Māori children”, says the Children’s Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels