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


Boo-Boo in Charge of Sustainable Development??

Boo-Boo in Charge of Sustainable Development??

ACT Finance spokesman Rodney Hide said today that Minister Marian Hobbs in charge of sustainable development for the economy was the last thing business wants or needs.

"Helen Clark couldn't trust Marian Hobbs to manage even TVNZ. She completely botched that portfolio.

"Minister Hobbs is known affectionately by her staff and colleagues as Boo-Boo. The Prime Minister has now put her in charge of the Government's "Sustainable Development Programme of Action", whatever that is.

"By way of introduction Minister Hobbs tells us that she has returned from a World Jamboree at which she concluded, "we need to grow our economies so we can pay for improved health and education". I imagine all New Zealanders are pleased that Marian Hobbs has at least learnt that much while a Minister.

"Minister Hobbs explains that the "Sustainable Development Programme of Action" involves her "Getting-Around-the-Table" with "local government, iwi/Maori, business, NGOs, and communities" and "looking after people, taking the long-term view, taking account of the social, economic, environmental and cultural effects of our decisions, and encouraging participation and partnerships".

Marian Hobbs calls this "a different way of thinking and working".

"The best argument in favour of the plan is that it sounds good. The best argument against it is that it won't work.

"The best way to get sustainable development is to stop the likes of Boo-Boo sticking her government nose into private businesses, cut taxes and for government to focus on some key priorities where it can make a positive contribution such as fighting crime," Mr Hide said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>


United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>


Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election