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

 


Nats & Labour Should Come Clean On Donations

National & Labour Should Come Clean On Telecom Donations Before Bill Debate

The Green Party is challenging National, Labour, ACT and New Zealand First to come clean on any donations they have received from Telecom and other phone companies prior to Wednesday's first reading of the Telecommunications Bill.

"There is intense public interest in corporate donations to political parties and the influence these donations have on those parties," said Green Party co-Leader Rod Donald.

"It is vital that all the parties in Parliament declare how much money they have received from any phone company over the last three years to avoid any suspicion that Telecom in particular expect favourable treatment when the Telecommunications Bill is debated tomorrow.

"In the interests of transparency the Green Party is willing to declare that it did not receive a single dollar from Telecom, either before or after the 1999 election, and that it received $2000 from Clear prior to the election and $5000 from Ericsson since the election," he said.

The Sunday Star Times reported that Telecom donated across the political spectrum but Electoral Commission records for 1998, 1999 and 2000 show none of these donations have been disclosed by the political parties. Commission records show Telecom donated $20,000 to the Alliance in 2000 and the Alliance has confirmed that it had not received a donation from Telecom in 1999.

"The fact that Telecom did not give the Greens and the Alliance donations before the election suggests their motives were more to do with seeking influence than fostering democracy," sais Mr Donald.

"The failure of the Telecommunications Bill to provide local loop unbundling could leave people wondering whether blocking full competition on the local loop is connected with political parties not declaring the donations they received from Telecom.

"The sooner these donations are declared, the sooner the two issues can be separated and parliament can get on with debating how to most effectively and efficiently end Telecom's monopoly control of the local loop and the telephone numbering system," he said.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news