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

 


Winston Peters Letters To Speaker Concerning PM Breach Of Privilege

Winston Peters Letters To Speaker Concerning PM Breach Of Privilege

Two letters to Speaker Lockwood Smith from Rt Hon Winston Peters tabled in Parliament today - 16th October 2012 - concerning an alleged breach of privilege by Prime Minister John Key in statements made n the GCSB /Kim Dotcom affair.

LETTER ONE

3 October 2012


Dr The Rt. Hon. Lockwood Smith MP
Speaker
House of Representatives
Rm 1.019 PH


Dear Mr Speaker,

I write to you to request that an investigation be undertaken into a breach of parliamentary privilege by the Rt Hon John Key.
It is my view that Mr Key has misled the House in answering Oral Question 10 on the 26th September 2012. Please find the Hansard of this attached.
Today, in a Government press release it was revealed that Mr Key was first made aware of Mr Dotcom at a GCSB briefing on the 29th February 2012. Please find the press release attached.
I maintain that under Standing Order 406 (1) (a) this action has both obstructed and impeded the House in the performance of its function; and that under Standing Order 406 (1) (b) this omission has obstructed and impeded the questioning of members of the House.
Under Standing Order 407 (b) I believe that the House ought to treat this misleading of the House as contempt.

Thank you for your consideration

LETTER TWO

15 October 2012

Dr The Rt. Hon. Lockwood Smith MP
Speaker
House of Representatives
Rm 1.019
PARLIAMENT HOUSE

Dear Mr Speaker

On the 3rd of October I wrote to you in order to raise an issue of a breach of parliamentary privilege.

I provided several excerpts of supporting evidence which I believe amounts to a prima facie case against the Prime Minister.

Since lodging that breach of privilege letter with your office, twelve days have elapsed in which your office has neither acknowledged the letter, nor come to a decision regarding the breach of privilege.

This letter seeks an explanation as to why no answer from your office has been forthcoming.

Thank you for your consideration.

Yours sincerely


Rt Hon Winston Peters
Leader
New Zealand First

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Anne Tolley’s
Callous Folly

Years ago, I remember someone in the Heath Ministry telling me off the record that regulatory oversight in this country largely consisted in ‘waiting for something to turn green or fall off somebody’ before the authorities would swing into action...

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

 

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Donor Bill Passes: Full Income Compensation For Live Organ Donors

Unanimous cross-party support for the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill represents a critical step in reducing the burgeoning waiting list for kidney donations, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More>>

ALSO:

Earthquake Response: Emergency Legislation Prepared

Three new Bills have been drafted in the wake of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on November 14 to ensure the government can enable affected communities to respond quickly and efficiently. More>>

ALSO:

Housing MPs: New Building(s) For Parliament

A new building will be erected on Parliament grounds to house Members of Parliament and their staff who currently work in leased accommodation in Bowen House. The plan has cross-Party support, apart from NZ First, said Parliament’s Speaker, Rt Hon David Carter. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news