Parliament

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

 

Telecommunications Legislation is Shameful

Telecommunications Legislation is Shameful

Friday 7 Dec 2001 Dr Muriel Newman Press Releases -- Governance & Constitution

The passage of the Telecommunications Bill through the Committee stages has been a scandal in process and substance, ACT Communication Spokesman MP Muriel Newman said today.

"The scandal started last year when the Government gave an assurance to the telecommunications industry that mobile services would not be regulated. In spite of the Hugh Fletcher-led Telecommunications Inquiry recommending mobile phone service regulation, officials convinced the Government that the benefits of regulation did not outweigh the costs.

"When the Telecommunications Bill was tabled in the House in May, there was no mention of regulation, so public submitters did not address it. That was until a group comprising Maori interests and Econet Holdings gave a secret submission to the Select Committee after hearings had closed. They gained the ear of the Prime Minister and of senior members of cabinet, and convinced the Government that regulation was warranted.

"Vodafone - the subject of allegations in the secret submission - have said the claims made about them were "untrue, misleading and seriously damaging". They were denied their right to natural justice by being unable to address the claims that were made.

"Legislation to regulate mobile services was inserted in a supplementary order paper and passed through the House in the dead of night under urgency.

"It confiscates property rights with no compensation, taking New Zealand backwards.

"The Government is breaking its word to industry. A Government that breaches its promises cannot be trusted," Mrs Newman said.

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Sir Michael Cullen’s Tax Reform

To ordinary wage and salary earners who (a) watch a slice of their gross income being taxed every week via PAYE and who also (b) pay GST on every single thing they buy, there has been something quite surreal about the centre-right’s angry and anguished reactions to the Tax Working Group’s final report... More>>

 
 

89 Cents An Hour: Govt Plans Fix For Minimum Wage For People With Disabilities

IHC is delighted that the Government is looking into replacing the Minimum Wage Exemption (MWE) with a wage supplement to ensure people with disabilities are paid at least the minimum wage. More>>

ALSO:

Te Waihanga: New Independent Commission To Tackle Infrastructure Issues

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission – Te Waihanga – will be established as an Autonomous Crown Entity to carry out two broad functions – strategy and planning and procurement and delivery support. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Action Against Poverty: Motels Profit From Housing Crisis

A single motel which charges up to $1,500 per week per room has received over $3 million worth of Government funds to provide emergency assistance, despite never having a Code Compliance Certificate – an offence under the Building Act – and receiving a series of longstanding complaints from occupants... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Alleged China Relations Crisis

If New Zealand’s relations with China are ‘deteriorating’ then you still need a microscope to detect the signs... More>>

ALSO:

Environment: Government To End Tenure Review

“Tenure review has resulted in parcels of land being added to the conservation estate, but it has also resulted in more intensive farming and subdivision on the 353,000 ha of land which has been freeholded. This contributed to major landscape change and loss of habitat for native plants and animals,” said Eugenie Sage. More>>

ALSO:

Bell Tolls: Big Changes, Grand Mergers Planned For Vocational Training

“At a time when we’re facing critical skill shortages, too many of our polytechnics and institutes of technology are going broke... More>>

ALSO:

Sallies' State Of The Nation: Progress Stalled In Reducing Inequality

The report shows a lack of tangible progress in key areas including record levels of household debt and a growing gap in educational achievement between poorer and more well off communities. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels