Parliament

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

 

Splenetic Outbursts Do Not A Spokesperson Make

17 May 2001

Splenetic Outbursts Do Not A Spokesperson Make, Maharey Tells Simcock

National's befuddled social services spokesperson Bob Simcock has really lost the plot in Parliament again this week, says Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey.

Mr Simcock claimed during Parliament's question time this afternoon that there had been 'huge' growth in foodbank useage across the country. In fact independent reputable research to be released points to a reduction in demand. The claims came hot on the heels of an insensitive gaffe in the House yesterday when he tried to link the opening of new Government one-stop-shops in rural communities with the children killed in those communities.

Mr Maharey said Mr Simcock would do well to stop talking New Zealanders down and to check his facts before making silly statements in the future.

"As a former Opposition social services spokesperson, and now as the Minister, I know how important it is to check the facts before rushing down to Parliament with inaccurate information.

"Tomorrow the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services is to release the results of its ongoing Poverty Indicator Project. I understand that far from showing a 'huge' increase in food bak demand – as Mr Simcock asserts – demand has begun to drop away in most areas. This includes my own city of Palmerston North.

"The research again points to the significant impact of the introduction of income-related rents on low income New Zealanders. It also points out that more needs to be done to tackle poverty and the Government acknowledges this. It is very rich that Mr Simock who represents a party that actively created poverty now pretends to care.

"Just as with his totally inappropriate comments about child deaths in the House yesterday, Mr Simcock really has to learn to control himself.

"The Government is happy to have its record of advancing the position of disadvantaged New Zealanders compared with their decline under the National Government Bob Simcock was a member of any day," Steve Maharey said.

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