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

 


Electoral forum already on wrong path

Bill English MP
National Party Deputy Leader

5 September 2008

Electoral forum already on wrong path

National Party Deputy Leader Bill English says the partisan announcement today of a panel to review electoral law has already got off on the wrong foot.

“If Labour really wanted a process that was to be fair and enduring then other parties would have been consulted. National has had no input into the process. This is little more than a desperate measure by a Government trying to cover up more than three years of dishonesty over election spending

“It started with their pledge card and has continued through to Helen Clark’s confession that she has always known about Winston Peters’ secret donations.

“The whole country is paying the price of Labour’s manipulation of electoral law. They’ve already broken the rules and are so desperate to hang on to power that they are likely to break them again.”

Mr English says there are some questions that Labour and the Greens need to answer.

“These are significant appointments, made within the three months of a general election. Labour has flagrantly broken the convention around such appointments*.”

Mr English also notes that Labour has deliberately delayed the start of the appointments until after the election.

On December 19 last year, Justice Minister Annette King said: ‘The terms of reference and appointments would be announced in January and the two stages of the review -- the panel's work and the public participation process -- would be completed by April 2009’**.

“The reason for the delay was laid bare in the Electoral Commission’s criticisms this week, when it said the confusion caused by the Electoral Finance Act had had a ‘chilling’ effect on democracy.

“That's exactly what Helen Clark wanted - to silence her critics in election year in the hope she might get one last term on the Treasury benches.”

National has pledged to repeal the self-serving EFA, and work with other parties to build enduring law.

ENDS


* Cabinet Manual: 6.9 … In practice, restraints have tended to be applied from about three months before the general election is due or from the announcement of the election (if the period between the announcement of the election and polling day is less than three months).


**NZPA Dec 19, 2007 ‘Ms King said the terms of reference and appointments would be announced in January and the two stages of the review -- the panel's work and the public participation process -- would be completed by April 2009’.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PM's Press Conference: Crime And Diplomacy

The Prime Minister's press conference today was dominated by foreign affairs and an open letter from the PM to the Chinese community on crime. More>>

ACC: Govt Caught In Unethical Cluster Bomb Investments

The ACC Fund admitted that it had $1.4 million invested in cluster munitions and nuclear weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Before responding to the Green Party’s request for information,however, ACC sold its Lockheed investment and updated its ethical investment policy. More>>

ALSO:

Local Governments To Decide: Easter Trading Bill Passes

The union representing working people in the retail industry is condemning the Government for whipping its MPs to pass the controversial Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill. More>>c

ALSO:

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Parliament
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news