Parliament

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

 

Saddam Found, Parker Still Missing!

Brian Connell
National Commerce Spokesperson

26 January 2004

Saddam found, Parker still missing!

"Otago deserves better representation on the Project Aqua debate," warns Brian Connell, MP for Rakaia and Spokesman for Commerce. "They are being poorly represented by the 'Invisible Man' himself, David Parker."

"Project Aqua - if it goes ahead - is going to have a huge impact on the Otago and Canterbury regions. Where is the Otago MP when all this is happening? No one knows! Does he support it fully? No one knows!"

"Whenever there's a hint of controversy or that his constituents might argue with Labour policy, David goes to ground. Finding Saddam was child's play compared to locating David when he has to risk offending someone by taking a stand!"

"When the Resource Management (Waitaki Catchment) Amendment Bill was debated before Christmas, David was out of there faster than a long-tailed cat in a roomful of rocking chairs!

"At last week's Project Aqua meeting in Oamaru, Pete Hodgson and Marian Hobbs had the courage to front up and debate the issues. As for David - rumour says he was there but that he didn't dare say anything. Otago deserves an MP who will take a stand, defend it and represent Otago properly." "As for the Greens, I'm a little cynical about their sudden determination to protect Otago in David's absence. They couldn't even be bothered running a candidate there last election, so forgive me for thinking this is cheap political opportunism rather than a genuine concern for the area."

"I oppose Project Aqua myself and I'm pleased to see the Greens do too - although I suspect their reasoning is based less on commercial realities than on their normal hostility to commercial developments!"

"It's a sad day for Otago when the Greens have a better articulated policy than the local MP! David has to start listening to his constituents and carry their views to Parliament. Whether he supports Aqua or opposes it, he can't straddle the fence forever!"

Ends


© 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages