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

 


Labour Has Taken Wellington For Granted

20 May 2002

Labour Has Taken Wellington For Granted

United Future leader and Ohariu Belmont MP, Hon Peter Dunne, has rubbished claims the Labour Government has been good for Wellington.

Mr Dunne says the claims made during the weekend’s Labour Party congress are “as credible as John Davy’s curriculum vitae.”

“This government and the region’s ‘Silent Six’ Labour MPs have taken the region’s support for granted.”

“Aside from re-announcing the previous government’s decision on Wellington Hospital and then claiming it as their own, the local Labour MPs have done nothing for the region, and have rarely been seen in the last three years,” he says.

Mr Dunne says there has been no progress on any of Wellington’s ‘big issues’ since Labour came to office.

“Transmission Gully is still as far away as ever, despite Labour’s promises of action.”

“Nothing has been by the government and in fact the ‘Silent Six’ all voted against my attempts last year to fast track the project.”

“Commuter rail services are on the point of collapse, and there has been barely a murmur from the ‘Silent Six’, who seem far more interested in sorting out Auckland’s rail problems.”

“Nor has there been any sound at all from the Labour Government about the Fire Service’s plans to close two thirds of the fire stations in my electorate.”

“They are clearly right behind that, because it suits the interests of their mates in the Firefighters Union” he says.

Mr Dunne says Wellington needs “advocates not apologists” representing it in Parliament.

“The ‘Silent Six’ are far more interested in the internal politics of the Labour Party than in the Wellington region they have been elected to serve,” he says.


Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news