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


United Future in bed with Labour yet again

United Future in bed with Labour yet again

The National Party is accusing United Future of sacrificing democracy in favour of its political allegiance with Labour.

"It's already hard to spot any difference between Peter Dunne and the Government, United's decision today to support retrospective legislation on the Harry Duynhoven case confirms that opinion," says National Party Deputy Leader Roger Sowry.

"As National Party Leader Bill English pointed out yesterday, the arguments for a retrospective law change to protect the MP are unconvincing, they're also unprincipled and unconstitutional "Despite claims to the contrary, this is not an archaic law which hasn't been changed in 150 years.

"There have been seven amendments to the Electoral Act since 1993, including one just last year.

"Mr Duynhoven's situation is no different from the thousands of New Zealanders who get caught 'unintentionally' speeding every day," Mr Sowry says.

"Those law breakers have to live with the consequences of their actions and Labour (with United Future's support) cannot put one of its own MPs above the law.

"The National Party does not want to spend taxpayer money on a New Plymouth by-election, but this is an issue of principle that rises above any inconvenience," Mr Sowry says.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news