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

 


Labour: Jack Of All Trades, Master Of None

Labour: Jack Of All Trades, Master Of None

Friday 29 Aug 2003 Deborah Coddington Press Releases -- Broadcasting

ACT New Zealand Broadcasting Spokesman Deborah Coddington today said that the Labour Government should address the problems plaguing the Maori Television Service before it concerns itself with introducing free-to-air digital television.

"Broadcasting Minister Steve Maharey's announcement yesterday that Labour wants industry groups to plan for the roll-out of digital TV shows that the Government has got its priorities wrong - again," Miss Coddington said.

"Labour's announcement received an unenthusiastic response from broadcasting experts. Christchurch School of Broadcasting head Paul Norris quite rightly pointed out that public demand for digital TV does not exist, saying `They're quite happy with the services they've got'.

"I doubt the public will be any more enthusiastic when it realises the introduction of digital TV will mean upgrading their TV set or purchasing a set-top box to access the new service.

"Why must Labour get involved in digital TV when Sky has provided the service for years? Three years ago, the Government rejected TVNZ's plans for a digital service. What has changed? Overseas evidence shows there is no commercial benefit to switching to a digital service.

"While Labour should be fixing the problems besetting MTS, it is being distracted by trivial issues like digital television. Mr Maharey and his `jack of all trades, master of none' Government must knock this idea on the head. They should address the real issues of concern to New Zealand taxpayers," Miss Coddington said.

ENDS


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

 

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

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news