Parliament

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

 

Bradford challenges Key to come clean on NGOs

7 July 2008

Bradford challenges Key to come clean on NGOs

Green Party MP Sue Bradford is alarmed at indications the National Party has plans that could silence local NGOs on social issues.

Ms Bradford says there are strong indications the National Party intends using Mission Australia, a large corporate style Australian NGO, in a public-private style contracting arrangement between the state and the community sector if it becomes the Government.

She says she has been approached as Green Party Spokesperson on the Voluntary and Community sector by local NGO representatives concerned that National Party leader John Key has been telling people he plans to make Mission Australia a lead contractor here because he thinks there are too many small NGOs.

"Mission Australia is a huge business in Australia, feared by smaller NGOs as it gobbles up available contract monies and starves smaller NGOs of funds.

"It also acts as an enforcement arm in relation to income support and work for the dole schemes.

"I call on John Key to urgently advise NGOs and the public what his real plans are."

Ms Bradford says she is worried that NGOs could effectively be silenced on important social issues under a private public contracting regime.

"Often the only voice speaking out on issues like poverty, unemployment, homelessness and problem gambling will be the organizations working in these areas.

"These groups could find themselves denied any Government funding.

"On the back of news last week about National's plans for ACC, I wonder just how many more big Australian corporates - including Mission Australia - stand ready to benefit financially from a possible Key victory later this year?

"Privatisation of the Government's relationship with the community sector would be a huge step backwards for New Zealand. Contracting out services like this is very reminiscent of the Wisconsin model which the National Government of the late 1990s touted so strongly.

"The Public Service Association and its members need to know too, as any move to contract out and privatise contracting and funding would inevitably result in substantial job losses for their members in Government Department funding arms."


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election