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


Labour misses the point - again

Labour misses the point - again

Not content with making 'vast changes to our constitution', Labour MPs are now trying to re-write history in their bid to scare up more support for Margaret Wilson's Supreme Court, says National Party Justice spokesman Richard Worth.

"It's astonishing that Helen Clark has not told her MPs that in 1994, she was backing the National, New Zealand First and Act Party position.

'Changes of this kind should not be promoted by one political party in isolation, a consensus should be worked for,' said Helen Clark in 1994.

"The Green Party has also thrown its manifesto out the window, after stating at the last election ' removing the Privy Council appeal rights ... would need to be preceded by a full dialogue between the Tiriti parties'.

"Their views have obviously changed, while National's position has remained clear and consistent - even when it was promoting an end to Privy Council Appeals," says Mr Worth.

"In February 1996 the then Attorney-general Paul East was reported as saying 'the Government still wanted more than a slight majority in Parliament for the change.'

'I'm not seeking unanimous party support but we'd hope that it could be passed by more than just a bare majority in Parliament,' he said.

"The previous National Government abandoned the idea and at that time Labour supported the will of the public.

"Helen Clark's Government is not," Mr Worth says.

"The National Party also has serious reservations about the appointment process, which will essentially allow Margaret Wilson to appoint the judges to our top two courts, who will then go on to shape the legal and social structure of our country.

"The National, New Zealand First and Act Parties want to give the public a voice on the Supreme Court.

"We have until July next year to gather the 310,000 signatures we need to force a referendum on the issue and we're urging all New Zealanders to sign up," says Mr Worth.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>


Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>


State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>





Featured InfoPages