Parliament

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

 

Hide's Facts Wrong Yet Again

"Claims by Rodney Hide MP about my attendance at Parliament are utterly and completely wrong," says United Future leader, Hon Peter Dunne.

"They are based more on petty retaliation for being named on my list of Parliament's worst behaved MPs than on fact."

"According to my count, Parliament has sat for 97 days this year - I have been absent from Parliament on 8 of those days, often attending engagements outside Wellington."

"I have voted either directly or by proxy on every one of Parliament's votes this year."

"I have always ensured that when a proxy has been used on my behalf, I have left specific instructions regarding how it is to be applied."

"In addition, I have attended 28 meetings of the Finance and Expenditure Committee this year; 27 meetings of the Business Committee; 13 meetings of the MMP Review Committee; and 6 meetings of the Parliamentary Service Commission."

"I have also asked over 550 Written Questions of Ministers; 14 Oral Questions (all I am entitled to); and approximately 150 supplementary questions to Ministers in the House."

"I have made 35 speeches in the House this year, bearing in mind that speaking is allocated on a proportional basis, and I frequently do not qualify for a call in debates," Mr Dunne says.

Mr Dunne acknowledges that as the sole MP for his Party, he faces unusual pressures.

"I have to juggle my Parliamentary responsibilities; my electorate responsibilities and my Party responsibilities in a way that no other MP has to."

"Also, by the end of this week I will have attended some 349 separate engagements within my electorate for the year."

"My record on behalf of my constituents speaks for itself, and I am happy to be judged upon it," Mr Dunne says.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

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>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election