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


Doesn’t the PM trust his MPs’ consciences?

David Shearer
Labour Leader

10 July 2013

Doesn’t the PM trust his MPs’ consciences?

John Key should let National MPs vote with their conscience tomorrow when Parliament debates the legislation to implement his dodgy deal with SkyCity, says Labour Leader David Shearer.

“Gambling has traditionally been a conscience issue at Parliament, and Labour MPs will be free to vote as they see fit. We will not be whipping our MPs.

“It is disappointing to hear that John Key doesn’t trust his MPs to vote with their conscience, and will force them to stick to the party line.

“The truth is that John Key can’t take the risk. He can’t give his MPs a free vote on this bill because if he did there is no guarantee he’d get the numbers.

“Let’s remember just what this legislation does – it increases the number of gaming tables and pokies, allows for ticket in – ticket out systems and cashless gambling.

“Worse still it extends the casino’s licence, and tries to lock in future Governments to this convention centre-for-pokies stitch up for 35 years.

“This is clear a conscience issue. Gambling causes huge social harm. MPs should be given a free vote on this matter,” says David Shearer.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


P Policy: $15m Allocated To Tackling Drug Abuse

Almost $15 million dollars seized from criminals will be invested in anti-drug initiatives, with more funding for Police and Customs and a greater focus on treatment for drug abusers, Prime Minister John Key says. More>>


More Or Less Democratic Countries: Fiji Prime Minister To Visit NZ

“This will be Prime Minister Bainimarama’s first official visit to New Zealand as Fiji’s Prime Minister,” Mr Key says. “New Zealand and Fiji have strong ties in a range of areas, and the Prime Minister’s visit presents a further opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest.” More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news