Parliament

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

 

John Key sets new lows in standards

John Key sets new lows in standards


Prime Minister John Key and his Government are setting new lows in standards of probity and assurance, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.

“He gave his Justice Minister Judith Collins a final warning for being economical with the truth over her conflicts of interests with Oravida during a tax-payer funded trip to China.

“Yesterday it emerged she had failed to brief the Prime Minister on aspects of the conflicts that were known to her in advance of her visit.

“Mr Key has failed to hold his Education Minister Hekia Parata to account for providing a false assurance on the use of public money in the Te Pataka Ohanga scandal, which has belatedly been referred to the Serious Fraud Office.

‘“Now we learn through television reports that when Mr Key himself described a golf game he had with Oravida CEO Stone Shi as ‘a charity event’, it was, according to those reports, in return for a $56,000 National Party donation.

“The Prime Minister is setting new lows in standards of probity and assurance that will erode public confidence in him and his Government.

“For John Key’s National Party, charity clearly begins at home,’’ says David Cunliffe.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Boat Race Won:
PM Congratulates Team NZ

Prime Minister Bill English has congratulated Emirates Team New Zealand on the Kiwi leadership, teamwork, and technological brilliance that enabled it to regain the America’s Cup.

Team NZ won the first of two races scheduled in Bermuda this morning to defeat Oracle Team USA 7-1 in the first-to-seven series.

“I would like to congratulate chief executive Grant Dalton, helmsman Peter Burling, skipper Glen Ashby and the rest of the team, both on the boat and on shore,” Mr English says. More>>

 

PM's Press Conference: Red Socks And Secret Tapes

Prime Minister Bill English began his post-cabinet press conference by explaining how well the National Party's annual conference went. He also mentioned today's announcement of changes to the EQC disaster insurance legislation and wished Emirates Team New Zealand well in the America's Cup. More>>

Max Rashbrooke: On How To Make Government More Open

International surveys, while often complimentary, have also pinpointed major weaknesses: political donations are badly regulated, for instance, and appointments to government boards frequently go to those with strong political connections. More>>

In Court: Hamilton Student's Lawsuit Over Climate Change Policy

A law student from Hamilton is preparing to challenge the Government in the High Court on Monday over what she says is a “failure” to properly address climate change. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement. As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election