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Waiparera Trust Not Consulted Over Bill

Wednesday 7th Jul 1999
Muriel Newman Media Release -- Social Welfare

ACT Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said it was ridiculous that a Bill before the Social Services Select Committee today to enable the Auckland based Waiparera Trust to contract out social services had not been discussed with the Trust before it was drafted.

"The Committee only became aware of the glaring error when Trust representative John Tamihere appeared before the Committee this morning to oppose the Bill.

"John Tamihere told the Committee that the Trust had never been consulted about the drafting of the Bill and only became aware of it when the Select Committee called for submissions.

"Even worse, this Bill was being fast tracked so it could be passed into law before the election. A single discussion with the Trust would have exposed the fundamental flaw in the Bill. That this did not happen is just unbelievable.

"If legislation relating to high profile organisations like the Waiparera Trust is being formulated and drafted without any consultation, today's debacle raises concerns about how many other Bills are being written up without any consultation with those they will affect.

"The danger is that legislation like this that is drafted in the rarefied air of bureaucrats' offices will just add to the to the burden of red tape and bureaucracy that New Zealanders are labouring under," said Muriel Newman.

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