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

 


Selective Accountability Over Defence Inquiry

Labour And Helen Clark Indulging In More Selective Accountability Over Defence Inquiry

New Zealand First Defence Spokesperson Ron Mark MP today questioned why the so-called new standards of accountability enforced by the current government, and Prime Minister Helen Clark, do not apply to defence issues.

“This Government has portrayed itself to the public as a government that is accountable to the public - not afraid to call inquiries where necessary and to investigate further into issues of serious public concern like the Airways saga. Yet there is an obvious reluctance on the part of both the Minister and the Prime Minister to agree to the Opposition’s call for an inquiry into defence procurement.

“Why? What have they got to hide? Do the public not have a right to all of the facts?,” asked Mr Mark.

“On any other serious issue of political accountability we have seen the Prime Minister go on the offensive, undermining her Ministers in the process, taking charge and settling for nothing less than full and absolute disclosure.

“Yet the Prime Minister’s silence on this issue is deafening. Why is that? – when this issue warrants further investigation as much as any issue that has arisen in this Government’s term. What we have here is yet another case of selective accountability by Helen Clark,” said Mr Mark.

Mr Mark also criticised Keith Locke and the Greens for passing the buck instead of using their position to push for an inquiry.

“Indeed far from passing the buck the Greens should take responsibility for approving these purchases which is what they did when they endorsed Labour’s budget.

“This is typical of the Greens – the political doormats of Labour. Where they could use their position to make a change for the better and make a real difference they, instead, choose to look the other way,” said Mr Mark.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

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:

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