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

 


Waters still muddied around Ruataniwha process

Ruth DYSON
Conservation Spokesperson

25 September  2013      MEDIA STATEMENT

Waters still muddied around Ruataniwha process

Conservation Minister Nick Smith won’t be getting a ‘sorry’ from Labour any time soon, its Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson says.

“Dr Smith wants us to apologise for suggesting he interfered in the Ruataniwha dam process, following the Speaker’s decision not to act on a privileges complaint from Labour.

“But if Dr Smith reads the Speaker’s letter outlining his decision he would see it confirms the Minister’s role in the process has been less than squeaky clean, noting that in response to oral questions ‘The Minister’s answer did not clearly address the question’ and that the ‘answer given was certainly contestable.’

“Far from endorsing Dr Smith, it paints him in a quite unflattering light.

“The fact is Dr Smith has repeatedly failed to tell the House the full story about his involvement in DoC’s Ruataniwha submission.

“His response to the Speaker failed to address the main concerns raised by Labour, adding further grist to our claims that he knows more than he’s letting on.

“Labour is still waiting for responses from Dr Smith to official information act requests, which he claims he released a week ago, plus responses to written questions were only forthcoming after complaints had been made to the Speaker.

“If Dr Smith has nothing to hide then why is he hell-bent on preventing the release of every scrap of information possible?

“It is clear that this process has been dodgy from the outset. It’s time Nick Smith acknowledged his full involvement in the Ruataniwha decision.” 

Speakers_letter__Ruataniwha.pdf

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sugar: Auckland Leisure Centres Axe Unhealthy Drinks

Auckland Council is to stop selling drinks that are sweetened by sugar from vending machines at its leisure centres in a bid to try to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Todd McClay’s Faulty Memory

Time and again, whenever an issue arises the initial response by government is to deny or diminish the problem – nothing to worry about here, everything’s OK, move on. Then, hang on. In line with the usual pattern, as embarrassing details emerged into daylight, the story changed. More>>

ALSO:

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:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news