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


MPs' Rights Muzzled By Bill

The Government's changes to electoral legislation to stop 'party hopping' are an anti-democratic breach of free speech, National's Electoral Issues spokesperson Tony Ryall said today.

Associate Justice Minister Margaret Wilson today tabled the Government's Supplementary Order Paper to the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill, 10 months after Parliament started debating the select committee report on the Bill.

"The Government's attempts to muzzle its own Maori caucus and rebel MPs shouldn't be forced on all of Parliament.

"This Bill is nothing more than a stick Miss Clark can use to keep her own troops in line. It is yet another way Miss Clark can force her own opinion on everyone else.

"The stance taken on issues by Electorate MPs is tested every three years by the only people that should count - their electorate.

"It is wrong for Parliament to subvert that process by making an MP more accountable to their party leader than to the people that elected them.

"National is strongly opposed to this legislation," Mr Ryall said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders.

US President Donald Trump is kicking off his week at the UN by holding an event to promote the US document called the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem. More>>


Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>


Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>


Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>


No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>


Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels