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


One Independent Inquiry To Rule Them All

23 August 2006

One Independent Inquiry To Rule Them All

New Zealand First welcomes the Government's announcement of an independent inquiry into local government rates as a huge step in the right direction and a chance for all New Zealanders to have their say on this important matter says Local Government spokesperson Brian Donnelly.

“New Zealand First has taken a principled stand as a lone voice on this matter and has now been joined by the prevailing majority, with groups as disparate as Federated Farmers, Local Government New Zealand and various commentators all seeing the logic in an independent and far reaching inquiry,” said Mr Donnelly.

“Only a genuinely independent inquiry, with the scope to explore the depth and breadth of issues at the core of local government rates, including regulatory regimes and linking rates to property prices, would have the capacity to lead to real change. As we have always said, an inquiry similar to the McLeod report on general taxation was what was needed.

“We now call on those who have expressed their concerns on this matter, including other political parties and lobby groups, to actively play their part in this inquiry, as it is after all what they have asked for.

“We now have the chance to get this issue right.

“For this reason, New Zealand First will not be supporting Rodney Hide's narrow, flawed and now redundant bill.

“Political parties should now join together to help set the parameters for the inquiry, and then all those with an interest in the matter, including Grey Power, should actively participate. We hope to be remembered for having delivered a meaningful remedy to this matter, rather than a pathetic band aid for a gaping wound,” concluded Mr Donnelly.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


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>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news