Parliament

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

 

Dunne’s ‘rush’ a long time coming

Iain

LEES-GALLOWAY

Associate Health Spokesperson

23 May 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT
Dunne’s ‘rush’ a long time coming

It’s a bit rich for Peter Dunne to announce today that legislation to regulate legal highs should be ‘rushed’ through Parliament, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says.

“Peter Dunne and the National-led Government could have passed the legislation long before now if they had made regulating the legal high industry a priority.

“The Law Commission presented the recommendations that eventually led to the Psychoactive Substances Bill more than two years ago.

“Even allowing time to craft the legislation appropriately, Mr Dunne could easily have introduced the bill 12 months ago.

“It could have been law by now. Our dairies would be drug-free and K2 would never have appeared.

“But instead of protecting young people and communities, National was focused on removing the human rights of people with disabilities, banning protesting and increasing the prevalence of problem gambling.

“The Government’s priorities are wrong. We needed swift action a year ago, not panic and haste now.

“Labour supports the bill and is encouraged by progress at select committee that we hope will strengthen it further.

“We do want to see it implemented as quickly as possible but Peter Dunne is dreaming if he thinks the speed of his response has been in any way adequate.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice.

Evidently, the National government is similarly desperate for anything that might discredit or derail the Ardern juggernaut, even if that means throwing Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne under a bus More>>

 

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election