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

 


Peters: Adjournment Debate Speech


Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leader
11 December 2013

Adjournment Debate Speech
Wednesday 11 December 2013

Parliament Buildings

On behalf of New Zealand First we want to thank all of the many people who make Parliament function effectively

Their commitment, integrity, and professionalism ensure that the New Zealand Parliament runs in a smooth way.

There are a lot of people to acknowledge - the Speaker’s office, the Clerk’s Office, the Hansard reporters, all the library staff, and the telephonists.

We appreciate the cheerful messengers and security staff for their hard work in keeping us all safe (and under control)

And, of course the cleaners. They deserve a special thanks—and a pay rise.

And if we have overlooked anybody, our apologies.

We want to acknowledge the support and dedication of NZ First staff who have helped make us such an effective team in serving the public .

However it’s harder to be kind to the people over there who are doing a runner after spending another year wrecking the place.

They don’t want to face scrutiny for a nano-second longer.

It’s been a great year for their cronies but more kicks in the teeth for ordinary people.

Never before in the history of human endeavour has so little been done for so many - for the benefit of so few.

Let’s list some of those non-achievers non-achievements:

• The dream of owning your own home – Just about gone
• High performing state assets like power stations – just about gone
• Public broadcasting – just about gone
• Job opportunities for young – just about gone
• Our manufacturing industry – just about gone.
• Our best dairying farmland – just about gone.
• The foreshore and seabed – just about gone
• The member for Epsom – just about gone – to court first
• The leaker for Ohariu – he’s just about gone
• The member for Warner brothers, Sky City, Rio Tinto – just about gone – following his memory which was gone a long time ago.
• Our friends in the Maori Party – just about gone
• In fact this is the most “just about gone” government in history.
Somebody should have told “the just about gone” brigade they don’t actually own New Zealand.

This country is not “The National Party and Limpets Limited”.

It actually belongs to the people and the leaders are supposed to be guardians.

This lot guard only their mates pockets and foreign companies.

Ordinary kiwis are not considered.

This country is losing jobs at an alarming rate – so what do the political pygmies do?

Give what jobs there are to foreigners.

What about bringing in tens of thousands of foreign students to study here – then giving them work visas!

How dumb is that!

And what about giving Full New Zealand pensions to people who have been here only ten years?

What other country has a leadership this stupid?
The ghost of Ebeneezer Scrooge stalks the corridors of the callous.

This Government has brought ordinary Kiwis no Xmas Cheer and the Scrooges will have no change of heart.

We in New Zealand First try to bring a message of hope – that this country can be a better place.

There are some of us who remember that New Zealand once tried to be fair and to look after its people – especially the young and the old.

Let me assure you we will be back fresher, faster, fearless and more ferocious next year to hold the government to account.

This is a fair warning.

But finally let me say New Zealand First is the party of traditional values.

We wish all New Zealanders a Happy Xmas and a very good New Year!

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.

To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.

The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Bad Transnationals: Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award

It won the 2011 Roger Award and was runner up in 2012, 2009 and 08. One 2013 nomination said simply and in its entirety: “Blackmailing country”... More>>

ALSO:

Select Committees: Tobacco Plain Packaging Hearings

The Stroke Foundation is today backing the Cancer Society and Smokefree Coalition who are making oral submissions to the Health Select Committee in support of proposed legislation to remove of all branding from tobacco products. More>>

ALSO:

Milk: Oravida Asked For Cabinet Help

New evidence released by New Zealand First today reveals Justice Minister Judith Collins used her position to manipulate the Government to help her husband’s company, Oravida, after the Fonterra botulism scare, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More>>

ALSO:

With Conditions: Ruataniwha Consents Approved In Draft Decision

The Tukituki Catchment Proposal Board of Inquiry has granted 17 resource consents relating to the $265 million Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme in a draft decision that would open more of the Hawke’s Bay to irrigation. More>>

ALSO:

Fast Lanes, Campervans: Labour 'Making The Holidays Easier For Kiwi Drivers'

The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Royalty And Its Tourism Spin-Offs

Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal Firm. Far more congenial representatives have now emerged... More>>

ALSO:

Privacy (Again): ACC Demands Excessive Privacy Waivers

Labour: “This is just another example of ACC under National deliberately acting to deny treatment and compensation... Those who did fill in the form have effectively been victims of yet another ACC privacy breach. This time Judith Collins knew it was happening..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news