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


UF Won't Back 'Plundering' Of Law Fidelity Fund

Media Statement
For immediate release
Wednesday, 9 March 2005

Smith: UF won't back 'plundering' of law fidelity fund

United Future will withdraw support for the Lawyers and Conveyancers Bill unless the Government backs away from the "legalised plundering" of the Law Society's $2 million fidelity fund, the party's justice spokesman, Murray Smith, said today.

He said that the Bill is almost universally regarded as an "overcooked" and poorly drafted piece of legislation that has been "floating around for well over 10 years".

However United Future's main concern was the plundering of the fidelity fund for the Law Society's general purposes against the wishes of a large proportion of practicing lawyers, Mr Smith said.

"The transfer of the money from a fund set up to protect the public, to the coffers of what will become a voluntary professional organisation is an outrage," he said.

Mr Smith said he had surveyed every law firm in the country and found that only 10% of respondents agreed with the Bill's approach, which is backed by both the Government and the Law Society. Some 81% or respondents supported a Untied Future amendment that would require the issue to be decided by a referendum of all lawyers.

A second survey found that 75% of lawyers opposed the Bill in its current format.

Mr Smith also slammed the legislation as "utterly over-prescriptive", with its 390 clauses, comparing it to the guiding legislation for accountants (24 clauses), engineers (77 clauses) and architects at 45 clauses.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…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