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

 


Key used Banks’ vote to sell our assets

18 June 2014

Key used Banks’ vote to sell our assets

The Key Government has been able to sell our assets, make life worse for New Zealand workers, and weaken our environmental laws due to John Banks’ sole, discredited vote, Green Party open government spokesperson Holly Walker said today.

During the current Parliament, thirteen bills have passed with a single vote majority thanks to John Banks, including legislation that allowed the sale of our state-owned assets, legislation that cut young workers’ pay rates, and laws undermining the protection and preservation of our conservation estate.

“John Key has repeatedly relied on the vote of someone, who has been found guilty of a dishonesty offence, to pass controversial legislation that most New Zealanders oppose,” said Ms Walker.

“Our state-owned assets would still be owned by all New Zealanders but for John Banks’ vote.

“Even when accusations against Mr Banks were made public, and eventually led to a prosecution, John Key looked the other way in order to progress his legislative programme.

“The Prime Minister happily allowed John Banks to stand down as a Minister and continued to use his vote even after a judge ordered him to stand trial over alleged electoral fraud.

“The Government even used John Banks’ vote to help pass the SkyCity legislation, despite the fact SkyCity was involved in Mr Banks’ court case.

“The fact that Parliament has ended up passing thirteen controversial bills on the strength of the vote of someone who has since been found guilty of a dishonesty offence highlights the need for greater controls around political donations,” said Ms Walker.

“The Green Party have long been the champions of open government and transparency.

“Real democracy should be a battle of ideas not money. We need to know clearly, and in a timely manner, who is funding our politicians.

"The Green Party has proposed legislation that would clean up confusion over local government donations.

“Our bill will introduce caps on donations, limit the use of anonymous donations and regulate third party spending, giving New Zealanders the transparency they deserve,” Ms Walker said.

"If the public is to have faith in central and local government, it's vital that we keep our politics clean and honest."

Link to local electoral finance amendment bill: https://www.greens.org.nz/bills/local-electoral-finance-amendment-bill

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Funding Changes In Special Needs Education, And Uber

    The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… More>>

    SPECIAL EDUCATION (& More):

    Online Learning Plans:

    Post Cab Presser: Inquiries And Consciences

    This afternoon the Prime Minister John Key announced that his cabinet had drafted terms of reference for the Havelock North water contamination inquiry... In response to questions on the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, the Prime Minister said he didn't think allowing National MPs a conscience vote was warranted. More>>

    ALSO:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Parliament
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news