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Govt Protects Armstrong And Toime

Government members of the Commerce Committee this afternoon blocked a National motion to call New Zealand Post officials before the committee to discuss the People's Bank proposal.

"This is the number one political issue in the country. Members of Parliament will have no opportunity to question NZ Post in a multi-party parliamentary environment," National's Commerce spokesman Tony Ryall said.

"It's clear that the Greens still have questions about the briefing NZ Post provided them. Discussing the matter before the select committee would have seen the issues debated clearly and informatively.

"Labour and the Alliance voted to protect Dr Armstrong and Mr Toime from Opposition questioning. This move by the Government means the select committee will not be able to question NZ Post until November.

"This is what select committees are for and the Government is using its numbers to prevent NZ Post facing tough questioning in public," Mr Ryall said.


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