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

 


U-turn on submission smells of backroom deal

Thu, 30 Sep 2004

Gerry Brownlee MP National Party Maori Affairs Spokesman

30 September 2004

U-turn on submission smells of backroom deal

"The Government U-turn to allow Nanaia Mahuta to give evidence at the select committee considering the foreshore and seabed legislation smells like a secret deal," says National's Maori Affairs spokesman Gerry Brownlee.

Earlier this month, the chair of the select committee hearing submissions, Labour MP Russell Fairbrother, told Parliament there were no plans to hear the Tainui MP in person.

"This pretty much confirms National's suspicion that Labour is prepared to do all it can to keep Tainui happy while it chases a secret deal with the iwi," says Mr Brownlee.

"The negotiations with Tainui are thought to involve significant sections of the foreshore and seabed around the Waikato coast. Any deal would be excluded from likely legislation.

"Only 16 days ago Mr Fairbrother answered a question in Parliament saying there was no room for Nanaia Mahuta to give her oral submission," says Mr Brownlee.

Then Russell Fairbrother told Parliament that Nanaia Mahuta's submission did not meet deadline criteria and it 'was received outside the parameters set by the committee'.

"National is pleased that Mr Fairbrother has found select committee time to hear from his aggrieved colleague.

"However, Labour has made sure there are many other submitters who will not get the same chance to speak as it foolishly rushes to sweep the issue under the carpet before the end of the year," says Mr Brownlee.

MORE

Inquiries: Gerry Brownlee (021) 349 675

(Attached Answer to Parliamentary Question Tuesday, 14 September 2004) <>


MORE

PMs: Question 1 - Foreshore and Seabed Bill-Submissions
Press Release by Office of the Clerk at 18:23, 14-09-2004 (Uncorrected transcript-subject to correction and further editing.) Tuesday, 14 September 2004

Questions for Oral Answer
Questions to Members

1. GERRY BROWNLEE (Deputy Leader-National) to the Chairperson of the Fisheries and Other Sea-related Legislation Committee: How much time has the committee set aside to listen to submissions on the Foreshore and Seabed Bill?

RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER (Chairperson of the Fisheries and Other Sea-related Legislation Committee): Yesterday the committee confirmed the dates of 15 September, 16 September, 20 September, and 4 October to hear submissions.

Gerry Brownlee: On which of those dates will Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta present her oral submission to the committee?

RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER: The committee resolved to receive late submissions with a cut-off date of 12 August, and to receive no submissions after that. Ms Mahuta's submission was received on 26 August.

Mr SPEAKER: The member was asked on what date the submission would be heard.

RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER: It was received outside the parameters set by the committee, so at this stage there is no date set.

Hon Ken Shirley: Could the chairman tell the House how Nanaia Mahuta's submission managed to meet the criteria, when some 3,000 submitters were denied the opportunity to be heard by the committee?

RUSSELL FAIRBROTHER: It did not meet the criteria.

Mr SPEAKER: The member said that it was not going to be heard. He said it did not meet the criteria.

ENDS

© 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news