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


Meddling Labour ministers caught out again

Jo Goodhew MP
National Party Associate Health Spokeswoman
11 January 2008

Meddling Labour ministers caught out again

“The High Court has slammed another Labour minister for acting in a ‘ridiculous’ way and failing to consult properly on new rules for retirement villages,” says National’s Associate Health spokeswoman (Aged Care) Jo Goodhew.

The caning comes only a few weeks after the High Court found Pete Hodgson acted in an ‘unlawful’ way, and completely mucked-up the pay round for residential care workers.

“As a result of this latest court judgment, the Retirement Villages Code of Practice 2006 has been declared invalid by the High Court . The High Court judge says it does not comply with the law and that the Minister acted ‘ridiculously’.”

The Judge found the Code did not comply with s89 of the Retirement Villages Act 2003, which requires consultation with affected parties.

“Building and Construction Minister Clayton Cosgrove acted unilaterally in alterations to the Code and failed to properly consult on the changes.

“This is yet another example of the arrogant ‘do as we say’ attitude Labour has to a sector that seeks to provide care to older New Zealanders.”

Mrs Goodhew says Labour Ministers appear not to have learned that their meddling will be exposed in the Courts.

“In this case the Minister allowed only four days for the Retirement Villages Association to comment on a significantly changed Code.

“As the Code had been three years in the pipeline, the Court, unsurprisingly, described the process as having ‘significant deficiencies’.
“Judge Simon France said that, in his view, the four days the Retirement Villages Association had to comment was ‘ridiculous’.”


Attached: High Court Judgment – 27 pages.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On DHB Deficits And Free Trade

Currently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions of Americans stand to lose access to the healthcare they need.

Spot the difference with New Zealand, where DHBs are under intense pressure to reduce deficits within a climate of chronic underfunding. More>>


Greens' Response: Slum-Like Rentals Exposed In Renting Review

“...The grim findings of the review are a wakeup call about the true state of rentals in this country. Too many renters are festering in slum-like conditions under the thumb of landlords who have largely unchecked powers and ignore tenants’ complaints when it suits them.” More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election