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


TVNZ’s board to face privileges committee

John Key MP
National Party Finance Spokesman
16 February 2006

TVNZ’s board to face privileges committee

The Speaker's ruling today that TVNZ's board will have to face Parliament's privileges committee is a victory for parliamentary democracy and accountability, says National Finance spokesman John Key.

"Ultimately, this is a victory for the public too. They can now be assured that Parliament takes seriously its role to oversee public entities and institutions," Mr Key says.

Former TVNZ chief executive Ian Fraser is taking a personal grievance against the board after it stripped him of his remaining duties and accused him of 'serious misconduct' for speaking out at the finance and expenditure select committee inquiry into the broadcaster.

Mr Key, who yesterday got the FEC to back his drive for the board's actions to go to the powerful privileges committee, says he is happy with the Speaker's move today.

"Just because the board has now withdrawn its accusations against Mr Fraser, does not excuse its actions.

"The fact is the board has already, in my view, committed contempt of Parliament. Mr Fraser was speaking his mind at the inquiry and should not have been retaliated against.

“The board's reaction should send a chill down the spine of every MP and anyone else who cares about public accountability."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news