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


Brash admits he's out of the loop

Hon Steve Maharey
Minister for Social Development and Employment

29 July 2005 Media Statement

Brash admits he's out of the loop

Senior Minister Steve Maharey said today he was stunned to hear a comment from Don Brash that National would 'campaign on its policies' when National's leader admitted just yesterday that he wasn't involved in the detail of policy making and hadn't really thought about how National would run fiscal policy in its first term.

Rod Oram told National Radio yesterday that he had asked Don Brash how National related their core economic philosophies to their campaign promises and to how they would run fiscal policy in a first term.

Dr Brash replied:

'I haven't really thought about that. I'm not really involved in the detail of policy making.'

"The reasons for the confusion surrounding every National Party policy are becoming clear," Steve Maharey said. "Their own leader doesn't know how their core policies could be put into practice."

Steve Maharey said that in contrast Labour has established a six year record of saying what it will do and delivering on its commitments.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election