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


The National Party Is Bereft Of Ideas

The National Party is devoid of any original ideas, Rural Affairs Minister Jim Sutton said today.

"In fact, so bereft of ideas are they that they are desperate for farmers to write a rural affairs policy for them."

Mr Sutton said it was not surprising that National was out-sourcing its policy formulation. Its rural affairs spokesman Shane Ardern was so far down National's rankings that anything he had to say probably couldn't be heard by leader Jenny Shipley.

"I don't think she can even see him when he's sitting in his seat, way up the back of the House."

National was having to go around the country calling 24 meetings to work out a rural policy, after having failed rural people, Mr Sutton said.

In contrast, Labour recognised the importance of the rural sector - Mr Sutton is ranked number 8 in the Government ? and Labour had delivered on its promises to rural people, he said.

"From initiatives such as the Sustainable Farming Fund and the Heartland Services Initiative, to initiating reviews of apple export rules, wine industry legislation, and rural school bus transport, Labour has come through for rural people," Mr Sutton said.

"With Jenny Shipley's move from Ashburton to central Auckland, ranking agriculture responsbiilities at the all-time low of 20, and being bereft of any ideas to help rural people, National is sending a shocking message to rural communities."

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news