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

 


Eroding Cantabrians rights won’t go unnoticed


Megan
WOODS
MP for Wigram

8 November 2012 MEDIA STATEMENT
Eroding Cantabrians rights won’t go unnoticed

Government attempts to legislate away Cantabrians democratic rights saw tempers flare at this morning’s Local Government and Environment Select Committee says Labour MP for Wigram, Megan Woods.

“Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford’s submission, on the democratic and human rights abuses within the Government’s Environment Canterbury (Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Bill, was met with disdain by National members on the select committee.

Megan Woods said she was shocked at the lack of respect and rude behaviour afforded to the Chief Commissioner.

“Clearly Government members were uncomfortable with the frankness of Mr Rutherford’s analysis. But whether or not you agree with the submitter, a basic level of respect should be shown.”
This Bill delays the election for Environment Canterbury (ECan) until 2016, stripping Cantabrians of their democratic rights for a further three years.

“There is no justification for cancelling elections. As ratepayers, Canterbury residents deserve a say in who represents them and makes decisions on their behalf.

“In his submission this morning Mr Rutherford also pointed to the importance of allowing citizens their voice in the aftermath of a disaster saying, ‘In our view the present legislation has the potential to further exacerbate the resentment that has arisen in Canterbury as a result of the autocratic decision making.’

“It is the commission’s view that the present legislation removes ‘the ability to be heard’ and undermines democratic process.

“The earthquakes have become a convenient excuse for everything this Government does – or doesn’t do. Labour will not sit back and see the wilful erosion of democratic process. If the Government won’t take our concerns on board, it should at least pay attention to submitters,” Megan Woods said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Wage Hike For MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza?

As usual, Prime Minister John Key has busily tried to distance himself from the political fallout, even though he happens to be the main beneficiary of the Remuneration Authority’s generosity. Finance Minister Bill English says with a straight face that it would actually be very hard to give the money back...

Even if it were true, it would actually be very easy for English and any other guilty colleagues, to give the extra money away. There are any number of food banks or homeless shelters who would be able to put the money to good use. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

No Designers Or Visual Artists: Flag Panel Members Announced

The Government has appointed 12 New Zealanders as members of the Flag Consideration Panel which will engage with the public about a possible new New Zealand flag, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour MP Stands Down From Portfolio: Comment From Carmel Sepuloni

The first I knew of my mother’s charges was when I was called by a reporter yesterday. I spoke to Andrew and we agreed there is a conflict of interest at the present time which means I will temporarily stand aside from the Social Development portfolio. It’s the right thing to do… . More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Whether NZ Troops Are The Least Of Islamic State’s Problems

Given that it has been politically packaged and sold as a training mission, the Iraq deployment announced yesterday by Prime Minister John Key seemed to be mysteriously short of actual trainers... The other wing of the argument is whether a troop deployment is (a) the only effective way and (b) the appropriate time to combat Islamic State. More>>

ALSO:

143 Troops, Possible SAS Deployment, Legalities Unsorted: PM’s Statement On ISIL

Mr Speaker, today I am announcing to the House the Government’s decisions about our contribution to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL... More>>

ALSO:

Liu Saga: PM's Dinner With Controversial Donor

John Key must front up to New Zealand and say what he discussed with Donghua Liu when the disgraced businessman paid $25,000 for the Prime Minister to come to dinner at his Remuera home, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Roads: National MP 'Concerned' At Overseas Driver Crashes

Waitaki MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary for Tourism Jacqui Dean said she was concerned at the number of fatal crashes involving overseas licence holders and she really felt that the time had come for more to be done. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: Parole Bill Passes

A bill reducing parole hearings deemed to be unnecessary has passed. The third reading of the Parole Amendment Bill was completed by 104 to 16 with the Greens and Maori Party opposed. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news