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


Dunne regrets National’s short-term focus

Tuesday, 16 November 2004

Dunne regrets National’s short-term focus

United Future leader, Peter Dunne, says he’s disappointed the National Party has decided to boycott the proposed select committee inquiry into New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements.

“This is a task that requires all politicians to lift their gaze beyond their own narrow political interests and decide to work on behalf of the much longer-term interests of all New Zealanders,” said Mr Dunne, who will chair the committee.

“All National has done has lined itself up with New Zealand First, which will tarnish its credibility.

“I wrote to Dr Brash this morning in a personal appeal for the National Party to participate in the process.

“I pointed out that every party has an important interest in the country’s future constitutional arrangements. I also pointed to National’s well-earned reputation in this area, in view of its handling of the Treaty settlements in the 1990s, the management of the transition to MMP and its consistent emphasis on bringing New Zealand together, as one country with many peoples.

“This is an issue of leadership and national identity, as evidenced by the response to the return of the Unknown Warrior last week, and I had hoped that National, as the senior Opposition party, would lift itself above its immediate concerns and take part in a process that could affect the lives of all New Zealanders for the next few hundred years,” said Mr Dunne.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election