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


National's dirty politics hurts everyday New Zealanders

National's dirty politics hurts everyday New Zealanders

National's alleged involvement in dirty politics makes it appear that the Government is looking out for its mates instead of everyday New Zealanders, the Green Party believes, after new allegations that one of John Key's senior Ministers may have been aware of attempts to undermine the Serious Fraud Office's investigations into finance company collapses.

"The tens of thousands of New Zealanders who lost their savings in the finance company collapses will be shocked at allegations that one of John Key's senior Ministers was "gunning" for the head of the Serious Fraud Office who were holding those companies to account," said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.

"John Key's government should have been 100 percent focused on justice for the everyday New Zealanders who lost out in the finance company collapse.

"If the allegations are true, any attempt to undermine the SFO investigations would appear to be an example of National backing their mates over the everyday New Zealanders who lost out in the finance company collapses.

"If the allegations prove true, it would indicate that there is one rule for the National Party and their friends and another for everyday New Zealanders.

"It is essential for our democracy and economy that the Government provides a level playing field for all and upholds the law in the same way for all.

"Backing winners and giving preferential treatment to individuals, if ture, erodes our democracy and business confidence.

"The Greens will clean up politics by holding a Royal Commission of inquiry into all of the allegations of National's dirty politics in order to restore the public’s faith in a fair and even handed Government that treats all people and businesses fairly.

"We will ask the Royal Commission to provide advice on new rules to strengthen our democracy so future Government's can't engage in the dirty politics we have seen under National.

"The only way to clean up politics is to change the Government. A new Government with the Greens in it will commit to a Royal Commission and commit to cleaning up our political system that National has eroded."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news