Parliament

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

 

Collins Comments - 21 April 2006


Collins Comments - 21 April 2006

Judith Collins Clevedon MP 21 April 2006

RACIAL POLITICS Manukau City Council's new Treaty of Waitangi standing committee hasn't had its first meeting but controversy already surrounds the way members are to be appointed.

The Te Tiriti o Waitangi Committee is to be made up of either councillors or Maori members of the community. However being Maori is simply not good enough when it comes to representing Maori on the committee. Maori members also have to be on the Maori Electoral Roll. This excludes 13,500 or 40% of Maori who are on the General Electoral Roll in Manukau City. I can't see the reason for the committee in the first place. All councillors should be as concerned for Manukau residents whatever their ethnicities. If Manukau wants to have such a committee then at least make sure it doesn't discriminate on political grounds.

PROSTITUTION "The wardens tell me of the night one of the prostitutes brought her baby with her and gave the child to another street worker while she went off with a customer." The above is an excerpt from Manurewa councillor Colleen Brown's night out with the Maori wardens where she saw firsthand the major problem that is prostitution in Manukau City. I commend Colleen on getting out there to see the full extent of the issue we're dealing with. I've also been out with the Police one night to see for myself.

I urge other MP's and Councillors to go to Papatoetoe or Manurewa's Northcrest shops and see exactly what we're talking about. At the beginning of this month MP's heard public submissions on prostitution and graffiti. Local residents expressed frustration at how street prostitution is affecting the lives and businesses of people in the community. As you probably know I strongly opposed the Prostitution Reform legislation which legalised solicitation, brothel keeping and pimping in 2003. If Manukau City gets its way, the new bill will make it an offence for prostitutes to solicit in a public place in Manukau.

NO BOUQUET FOR MINISTER A big thank you to Manukau Councillor Dick Quax for reminding me that last year Dick and I were at a meeting with the previous Minister of Police George Hawkins.

Dick remembers Mr Hawkins said that the ratio of sworn police officers per head of population in the Eastern Police District (which incorporates Pakuranga, Howick, Clevedon, Botany, Otara) was only one officer per every 1300 residents. The national average is much better than this with 1/554. It was said that the profile of the District was considered when it came to ratios, suggesting that our area has a lower crime rate compared to the average of the rest of the country. However, when Mr Quax asked Mr Hawkins to compare our Eastern Police District with a similar area such as Wanganui he was told that Wanganui has one officer per every 420 local residents. How come George knew the figures but the current Minister, Annette King, doesn't know? Perhaps it's like the Health waiting lists.

SURGICAL WAITING LISTS What's the point in having hospital waiting lists if over 8,000 patients get cut from the lists? The Health Ministry says patients should only be on waiting lists if they'll receive treatment within 6 months. However, many patients have been knocked off lists after waiting years to be seen. It's just not fair with many patients been mis-led into believing they will be seen sometime soon. If our public hospitals do not have the ability to deal with patients on waiting lists, why not contract the private health sector to do them like ACC does? Just more slight of hand under the former Health Minister, Annette King, or ideology getting in the way of good outcomes for patients. Patients should come first.

ANZAC DAY I'll be attending the Dawn Service at Papakura and representing the Leader of the Opposition at the Auckland Civic Service later in the morning. ANZAC Day is, in my opinion, the most important day of the year for New Zealand. As the National Party's Veterans' Affairs spokeswoman, it concerns me that as a country we seem not to be prepared to live up to our commitments to veterans and their families. We are all awaiting the release of the Joint Working Group report on Agent Orange. The Minister has promised me that it will be released unedited. I hope this Minister keeps his word.

ENDS

© 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


Reaction

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 | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

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>>

ALSO:


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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election