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


Questions for Shipley to answer over Timberlands

2000 web siteLabour Leader Helen Clark said today that the Prime Minister must respond to allegations that she as State Owned Enterprises Minister condoned and assisted political lobbying campaigns mounted by the state-owned enterprise Timberlands.

"If the allegations made in the book Secret and Lies are correct, Timberlands and its public relations firm have been orchestrating an improper campaign of political lobbying in an attempt to maintain political support for its logging of native forests on the West Coast.

"This lobbying has involved attacks against the New Zealand Labour Party, which is in the process of considering a policy at odds with Timberlands' desire to prolong widespread native forest logging.

"It is hard to think of any precedent for a state-owned enterprise, or any Crown agency, or government department running a public relations campaign against the policies of an opposition party. It is a gross misuse - verging on the corrupt misuse - of public money.

"If Mrs Shipley has been involved with Timberlands' political lobbying campaigns in any way, then yet more serious questions are raised about her judgement and fitness for office," Helen Clark said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Principals' Federation:
End Of National Standards

Today the Minister of Education announced that the Government has stopped the controversial National Standards system of assessment and declared them an arbitrary measure which did not raise children's achievement as the previous Government intended.

"This is such a win for all the principals who never believed in national standards and who, for the past decade, have argued for what is morally right for our nation's young people and their learning," said Cormick. More>>


Public Good: People’s Report On Public Broadcasting And Media Presented

The People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media, was crowdfunded and was informed by an extensive consultation, seeking the views of both those working in Media as well as gathering input both online and in person from ordinary Citizens. More>>


RBNZ To RNZB: PM's Press Conference

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern was joined by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Minister for Children Tracey Martin to announce the appointment of Adrian Orr as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank and the name change of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children to ‘Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children’. More>>


'Taming Globalised Capital': Why Is Labour Supporting Investment Rules In WTO?

‘Today, we learned the new government has added New Zealand’s name to a proposal designed to lead to foreign investment rules in the WTO at this week’s ministerial meeting in Argentina,’ said Auckland University Professor Jane Kelsey. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government… More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>





Featured InfoPages