National sacrifices Parliament, for petty gain
1 August 2006
National willing to sacrifice Parliament, for petty gain
The Green Party is deeply disappointed that the National Party chose to block the Greens motion in the House today, which would have addressed concerns raised by the Ingram report, and invited Taito Philip Field to apologise for his actions.
"In the end, National put cheap political grandstanding ahead of the wellbeing of Parliament. By blocking our motion, National stopped members from being able to begin the process of restoring public confidence in Parliament," Green Party Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says.
" By its own actions, National has made its real goals crystal clear. It is intent on prolonging the Field affair even at the risk of bringing Parliament into further disrepute.
"The Greens took great care in drafting this motion in the hope that members on all sides could put aside just just this kind of pettiness, and work to restore the public's trust in Parliament, and in the standards expected of MPs."