Parliament

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

 

Anderton tells Opposition: Stick to issues

20 March 2001 Media Statement

Anderton tells Opposition: Stick to issues

Deputy Prime Minister Jim Anderton is disgusted with the Opposition's focus on peripheral issues, including personalities and the families of MPs.

He today issued a warning that the public would not tolerate tit-for-tat battles over trivia, while New Zealand faced real issues.

"The Opposition is declining every opportunity to debate real issues. It is choosing personality over policy and sleaze over substance," Jim Anderton said.

"Today Parliament held a major set-piece debate on the Appropriations Bill, a Bill solely concerned with the Government's spending decisions over the last financial year.

"There was not one comment about Government policy from the Opposition finance spokesperson, from his associate finance spokesperson, or from the leader of the Act Party.

"This must be the first Opposition in history that couldn't find a single Government policy to criticise.

"National and Act are obsessed with peripheral issues because they don't have any vision for New Zealand.

"They say they would cut taxes, but they won't use their debating time in Parliament to state what they would cut. If National and Act are going to cut taxes, then they must be going to cut police, superannuation, health and/or education spending, all of which have been boosted by the Labour-Alliance Coalition Government.

"Instead of debating their policy in the House, National and Act spend their entire time debating trivia, personalities and the politics of sleaze.

"I invite Opposition parties to remember why they are in Parliament," Jim Anderton said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

The Pike River Mine Drift will be re-entered, Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little announced today.

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little...

“The advice I have received indicates that it is likely to be around February before the re-entry proper gets underway, by breaching the 30m seal.” More>>

 

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuilding: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>

ALSO:

Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>

ALSO:

"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Loses In Supreme Court: Call For Debate On Prisoners' Right To Vote

The court earlier this week upheld a High Court decision which found that a law restricting a prisoner's right to vote was inconsistent with the Bill of Rights. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels