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

 


Greens’ Poorly Drafted Lobbying Bill Should be Withdrawn


Greens’Poorly Drafted Lobbying Bill Should be Withdrawn

Press Release by ACT Leader John Banks

Wednesday, November 14 2012

A six month delay of the Select Committee’s report back on the Greens’ Lobbying Bill proves just how poorly drafted and misguided it is – the bill should be withdrawn, ACT Leader John Banks said today.

The Government Administration Select Committee will not report back on Green MP Holly Walker’s Lobbying Disclosure Bill until July 2013, six months later than originally planned.

“ACT was always concerned that this bill was too far reaching and would stifle the ability of people and organisations to freely communicate with MPs,” Mr Banks said.

“However, we supported it at first reading because we support the principle of transparency and open government, and we wanted to give the public and those who would be impacted by the bill a chance to have their say.

“The public has now spoken and the bill has been slammed.

“The Clerk of the House, the Office of the Auditor-General, the Attorney General, and the legal and business communities have all criticised the bill. Many in the community and voluntary sector are also opposed to it due to the significant administrative burden it would place on their already limited resources.

“In its current form, the bill would do more harm than good:

  • It provides an unfair advantage to lobbyists from powerful voluntary organisations by only demanding that paid lobbyists have to register.
  • It would force organisations who want to raise an issue with their local MP to join a lobbyist register.
  • The confusion it creates around who is a lobbyist and when they are lobbying would increase demand for professional lobbyists who know how to navigate the law.

“An anti-lobbying bill that helps professional lobbyists at the expense of wider public consultation will go down as the biggest own goal in the history of Private Members’ Bills.

“Ms Walker has suggested that the bill could be tightened, but in reality the more exemptions that are made the more unfair it will become - some people would have to disclose their meetings with MPs, while others wouldn’t.

“On the flipside, if it is broadened to include anyone who meets an MP it will stifle freedom of speech and force people to use professional lobbyists.

“The bill has now been criticised by almost everyone it impacts. It is highly unlikely that this bill can be salvaged.

“ACT calls on the Greens to drop this bill,” Mr Banks said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

NZEI Survey Report: Special Needs Students Missing Out

The survey revealed that around 16 percent of students were on schools’ special needs registers, but nearly 90 percent of schools’ special needs coordinators did not believe there was adequate support for students and their learning... More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Waitangi Tribunal On Ture Whenua Legislation

Labour on Proposed changes to Maori land rules: “To have Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson dismiss findings as ‘bizarre’ is totally disingenuous and disrespectful. What’s bizarre is Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell stubbornly pushing through this Bill before the Waitangi Tribunal has even completed its report..." More>>

ALSO:

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Protests Close Roads: TPP Signed In Auckland

“TPP was signed by Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Viet Nam.” More>>

ALSO:

Emails Behind 'Diplomatic Immunity' Case: Whitehead Report Released

“As previously indicated the conclusions reached by Mr Whitehead’s investigation are not unexpected but they are very disappointing,” Mr Mccully says. “At the heart of the matter is a single email, along with procedural shortcomings, which gave Malaysian officials the impression it would be acceptable for Mr Rizalman to return to Malaysia." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Treaty/TPP Overlap, And Iowa

The fears about the ISDS provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership deal are well-founded. The reality is that there is a sharp uptick in the occurrence of ISDS litigation in developed countries, and even the right wing likes of The Economist have been souring on the process for some time. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Red Zone Offers: Fresh High Court Proceedings

Grant Cameron, Solicitor for the Quake Outcasts said “the action seeks judicial review of the Crown’s recent decision to make a fresh offer to purchase properties from uninsured property owners in red zones. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference: Waitangi And TPP

Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday said his office has received an invitation for him to visit the Lower Marae on Waitangi Day, but was waiting for a meeting of the Te Tii Marae Trustees. More>>

ALSO:

Flagged: 'Wrong Colour' Bridge Flag To Change

NZ First: Only 13 days after National trumpeted its legally questionable flag on Auckland Harbour Bridge, it is now coming down because it is the wrong colour... “Mr Key’s latest flag fiasco is another waste of taxpayers' money. Given it is coming down, down is exactly the location where it should remain. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Children Head Back To School

“Across the whole of this year we expect 61,820 five year olds will begin their primary schooling for the first time,” says the Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey. More>>

ALSO:

Dog & Lemon: FBI Disagrees With NZ Government Over Police Chases

Multiple studies, quoted by the FBI, show that once suspects realise they're no longer being chased; they tend to slow down to normal driving speeds and therefore become far less of a risk. The FBI report also categorically rejected the argument that abandoning police chases meant ‘giving in’ to offenders. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news