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

 


Minister's Arrogance Makes Bad Law Making Worse

Minister's Arrogance Makes Bad Law Making Worse

National’s Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges’ insistence on ramming through a law which extends the controversial protest ban into the high seas is arrogant and makes bad policy even worse, says Labour Energy spokesperson Moana Mackey.

"The Opposition had little warning that the Crown Minerals Amendment Bill was going to be debated under urgency with no select committee process or public consultation.

“By fast-tracking the Bill the government made it impossible to seek any independent opinion on the legality of the changes. There was no Regulatory Impact Statement produced on this bill and no Bill of Rights vetting was carried out on this Bill or the original protest ban amendment.

"To make things worse, Simon Bridges refused to speak during the committee stages, to avoid having to answer any questions.

"On a bill this controversial, in an area of law that is highly specialised, the Minister's arrogant refusal to do his job is completely unacceptable.

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs website makes it clear that: ‘States do not have any special rights to the water column above the continental shelf; so New Zealand does not have special rights to the fisheries above the continental shelf beyond the EEZ or to control other activities such as shipping’.

"Labour has consistently opposed the protest ban law. Any vessel behaving in a dangerous manner should be held accountable regardless of who they are and why they are doing it.

“However under National’s law, it's only protest vessels that are covered and only if they are protesting against oil and gas exploration.

“Any other vessel behaving dangerously in the EEZ is, under Minister Bridges' watch, perfectly within their rights to put lives at risk.

"Labour supports extending the regime that exists in our territorial waters out into the EEZ. That is the law we should have passed last week,” Moana Mackey said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The IOC’s Treatment Of Russian Sport, And Lone Wolf Terrorism

A blanket ban on Russian athletes would also have exposed the IOC to criticism that its treatment of Russia would have been marked contrast to its treatment say, of the track and field team from Kenya – a country about which the IOC has very similar doping concerns. More>>

ALSO:

Sounds Like A Plan: Auckland Council Receives Unitary Plan Recommendations

A key milestone in New Zealand planning history was reached today when the Independent Hearings Panel delivered the reports containing its recommendations on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. More>>

ALSO:

National Park Expansion: Forests And Coast Of Kahurangi Protected

Five parcels of high value land totalling more than 890 hectares have been formally gazetted as part of the National Park. More>>

ALSO:

PPP Go-Ahead: SkyPath Gets Unanimous Support

Auckland’s SkyPath project has been given the go-ahead to be delivered through a public private partnership, after a unanimous decision at today’s Finance and Performance Committee. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Reserve Bank, The UN Shortlist, And Trump

Can there really be there any link between the US presidential elections and yesterday’s RBNZ signals on interest rates and the NZ dollar? Well, maybe. And it would be this: the improving US economy is reportedly putting a tailwind behind the US dollar, and rendering the actions of our Reserve Bank virtually irrelevant. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What John Key Should Be Asking Joe Biden

No doubt, US Vice-President Joe Biden will be updating Prime Minister John Key on the chances of a TPP vote taking place in the ‘ lame duck’ session of Congress that’s held between the November’s election and the inauguration of a new President in January. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news