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

 


SkyCity putting pressure on Govt behind the scenes

21 December 2012

SkyCity putting pressure on Govt behind the scenes

Government officials should not be discussing the timing of the release of the Auditor-General’s investigation with SkyCity, the Green Party said today.

In an answer to a Green Party written question it has been revealed that SkyCity discussed the possible timing of the Auditor-General’s inquiry with officials from Stephen Joyce’s Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment in November.

“The issue of whether there was inappropriate involvement by Minsters in the deal goes to the heart of the Auditor-General’s investigation,” Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.

“It is therefore inappropriate for SkyCity to be discussing the release of this report with public servants that work for Stephen Joyce.

“Recent comments by SkyCity Chief Executive Nigel Morrison are also adding to the pressure to wrap up the investigation into this ‘dodgy deal’.

“The Government should ignore SkyCity’s bullying and deal with the Auditor-General’s report in a considered and timely way.
"A deal that gives a casino more pokie machines to profit from problem gamblers needs the utmost scrutiny.
“This deal raises serious issues for the way Government interacts with corporate interests in New Zealand," Mrs Turei said.
Green Party written question lodged:12/12/2012
Question: Did any of his officials meet with representatives of SkyCity in November 2012 to discuss the Auditor General’s investigation into the convention centre deal?

Portfolio: Economic Development
Minister: Hon Steven Joyce

Answer Text: Officials met with SkyCity on 9 November 2012 to continue negotiations relating to the building and operation of an international convention centre. I am advised by officials that the content of the Auditor General’s investigation was not discussed as part of that meeting, although passing references were made to the possible timing of its release.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

To date, the Opposition has continued to occupy itself with the marginalia of the issue. E.g. whether Key did or didn’t know whether Barack Obama would be present at the US briefing last week on IS, or whether New Zealand’s military involvement is or isn’t already a fait accompli.

It might be better to tackle the issue, head on. Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn.
More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Tea Breaks 'Gone By Lunch Time'

“How cynical that on the eve of Labour weekend, the National government is pushing through legislation that takes away the statutory right to tea and meal breaks along with collective bargaining protections, and makes vulnerable workers jobs even less secure." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news