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


Small Parties 'Wag The Dog' On Microchipping

Small Parties 'Wag The Dog' On Microchipping

Heather Roy
Wednesday, 21 June 2006
Press Releases - Other

ACT MP Heather Roy describes this evening's Parliamentary defeat for Labour, with working dogs set to be exempted from compulsory microchipping, as a victory for small parties acting together.

"Every MP's vote counted when David Carter's amendment to exempt working dogs came before the House", Mrs Roy said.

"The amendment was supported by ACT, the Maori Party, United Future and four of the Greens.

"National deserves their victory for bringing together parties from across the House, and this should serve as a reminder that under MMP the two large parties cannot take their 'small party' colleagues for granted.

"ACT is the only party to have opposed all compulsory microchipping from the start, and it's a relief that MPs have agreed on at least a partial exemption.

"Small is beautiful, but there is strength in unity. I am hopeful that small parties can keep working together on other issues.

"This shows that nothing is absolutely certain under a minority government.

"We might be a small tail, but tonight we're managing to wag the dog", Mrs Roy said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>


United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>


Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election