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


Too late for National to backtrack on local calls

08 August 2005

Too late for National to backtrack on free local calls

"It is too late for Maurice Williamson to reassure New Zealanders that he would not scrap local calls' says Communications Minister David Cunliffe.

"National is trying to flip flop on yet another policy but the fact is Williamson made his views on free calling known in an industry publication last month.

"Yet only now that National's political handlers have seen it in the Dominion Post has he tried to retract.

In the Telecommunications Review, published in June, Mr Williamson stated the "the greatest distortion in telecommunications is the Kiwi Share."

He went on to say "If we got rid of the Kiwi Share and had people pay what the real cost of the service is, you'd see real competition in the marketplace at a local level…"

This is yet another example of an unpalatable policy that the National Party is not prepared to be open with New Zealanders about.

"This government is committed to free local calling because we realise how important it is to people, especially those on fixed and modest incomes. We also believe in a competitive telecommunications market. Unlike National we are prepared to take active steps to promote that goal and I will be announcing some changes shortly that will further improve competition" said David Cunliffe.


© 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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news