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Labour's appointments avalanche undemocratic

Gerry Brownlee MP National Party Shadow Leader of the House

7 September 2008

Labour's appointments avalanche undemocratic

National is warning that they will feel absolutely no obligation to honour the dozens of government appointments Labour has made in the last few weeks, flouting the convention that no significant appointments should be made within three months of a general election.

Shadow Leader of the House, Gerry Brownlee, says, "Friday's announcement of a panel to review electoral law was just the latest in a string of appointments made without any consultation in the past few weeks, and we have already vowed to scrap it.

"The Cabinet Manual clearly states that 'In practise, restraints have tended to be applied from about three months before the general election is due or from the announcement of the election and polling day is less than three months'

"This high-handed, arrogant, and completely partisan approach has no place in a democracy and National will not have a bar of it.

"Labour's scant regard for proper political process is self-serving and directly flouts decades of protocol.

"Labour has also deliberately delayed the start of the appointments until after the election.

"National, if elected, refuses to be bound by this blatant disregard of democratic process."


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