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

 


Labour looks to long-life passports, gambling harm review

Labour looks to long-life passports, gambling harm review


A return to 10 year passports and a review of gambling laws are highlights of Labour’s Internal Affairs policy released today.

“More than 15,000 New Zealanders signed a petition calling on the Government to revert to the 10 year system for passports,” Labour’s Internal Affairs spokesperson Trevor Mallard says.

“While National is not prepared to make any firm commitments to that, Labour is. Restoring the 10 year life for passports will bring New Zealand into line with the US, Australia, Canada and the European Union.

“Kiwis have also told us they have major concerns with the current gambling laws, especially where they affect local communities.

“We’ve taken that on board and a Labour Government will conduct a comprehensive review of gambling laws and policy.

“It will look at ways to strengthen the powers of communities and local authorities to determine the extent, location and nature of gambling outlets in their neighbourhoods, and seek to introduce effective gambling harm prevention and minimisation measures.

“It will also examine the ‘pokies for convention centre’ deal to determine ways to advance the development of an international facility while reducing additional gambling availability and harm.

“The policy also outlines a proposal to re-establish Archives New Zealand and the National Library as separate and independent entities outside of the Department of Internal Affairs.

“Both institutions are vital parts of our constitutional and democratic infrastructure. Merging them under the Ministry’s umbrella has compromised both,” Trevor Mallard says.
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sounds Like A Plan: Auckland Council Receives Unitary Plan Recommendations

A key milestone in New Zealand planning history was reached today when the Independent Hearings Panel delivered the reports containing its recommendations on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. More>>

ALSO:

National Park Expansion: Forests And Coast Of Kahurangi Protected

Five parcels of high value land totalling more than 890 hectares have been formally gazetted as part of the National Park. More>>

ALSO:

PPP Go-Ahead: SkyPath Gets Unanimous Support

Auckland’s SkyPath project has been given the go-ahead to be delivered through a public private partnership, after a unanimous decision at today’s Finance and Performance Committee. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Reserve Bank, The UN Shortlist, And Trump

Can there really be there any link between the US presidential elections and yesterday’s RBNZ signals on interest rates and the NZ dollar? Well, maybe. And it would be this: the improving US economy is reportedly putting a tailwind behind the US dollar, and rendering the actions of our Reserve Bank virtually irrelevant. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What John Key Should Be Asking Joe Biden

No doubt, US Vice-President Joe Biden will be updating Prime Minister John Key on the chances of a TPP vote taking place in the ‘ lame duck’ session of Congress that’s held between the November’s election and the inauguration of a new President in January. More>>

ALSO:

Make NZ Make Again: Greens Will Establish A Minister For Manufacturing

The Green Party announced today that it will establish a Minister for Manufacturing in Cabinet, to better represent the interests of manufacturers and ensure they thrive. The Minister will be inside Cabinet and have responsibility for the long-term interests of the manufacturing sector. More>>

ALSO:

Cannabis Party: Treasury Figures On Cost Of Criminalisation

Figures released by Treasury prove the economic viability of The Cannabis Party's policy, while destroying the credibility of police claims about cannabis harms. More>>

ALSO:

Green Party: Investigation Into Mental Health Facilities Shows Disarray

The Health Minister must urgently launch an inquiry into mental health services, after serious issues with the standard of care at mental health and disability facilities around the country were revealed today, the Green Party said. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news