Parliament

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

 

Closing the Gaps leaves departments in a spin

Lockwood Smith National Commerce Spokesperson

Thursday 7 December 2000

Helen Clark's new spin on Closing the Gaps leaves Govt. departments in a spin

"We've had more evidence today that the Government's Closing the Gaps policy is a shambles," National Commerce spokesperson Lockwood Smith said today.

"Lengthy questioning of the Ministry of Economic Development Chief Executive during the Commerce Select Committee's review of the Ministry's financial performance has revealed embarrassing anomalies in Closing the Gaps .

"The Purchase Agreement between Jim Anderton and Chief Executive Paul Carpenter was signed just three days ago. It still shows a key goal for the government as to 'close the gaps for Maori and Pacific Islanders'. It does not mention other low income New Zealanders.

"Another key priority for the Ministry of Economic Development in the purchase agreement is 'strengthening Crown/Maori relations', and the Government's BIZ programmes come under that key priority.

"The Purchase Agreement with respect to BIZ contracts focuses almost exclusively on Maori.

"It is clear regardless of what Prime Minister Helen Clark may say, the Deputy Prime Minister has signed a purchase agreement with his department this week that includes 'closing the gaps' as a key goal and focuses almost exclusively on Maori at the exclusion of other low income New Zealanders."

Dr Smith said that during close questioning, the Ministry of Economic Development Chief Executive acknowledged that the Purchase Agreement, signed only three days ago, should perhaps be amended in light of the Prime Minister's comments.

"It's quite clear that Helen Clark's new spin on the 'closing the gaps' programme has left government departments in a spin," Dr Smith said.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>

 

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election