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

 


Labour/Alliance Coalition Agreement Meaningless

Labour/Alliance Coalition Agreement Meaningless - ACT

ACT Leader Hon Richard Prebble today described the Labour/Alliance Coalition Agreement as a meaningless document. "Every Party in Parliament is in favour of policies that reduce inequality, are environmentally sustainable and improve the social and economic well being of all New Zealanders," he said.

"The most significant statement in the document signed today is that Cabinet decisions will be taken by consensus. This means that Jim Anderton has the power of veto. The Alliance's few MPs can hold Labour to ransom.

"It is interesting to note that there is no mention in the Agreement of the Treaty of Waitangi as New Zealand's founding document. Does this mean that the Maori MPs are already being marginalised?

"There is no mention of Labour's credit card commitments - does that mean that Labour has not got the Alliance's support for them?

"The New Zealand First/National Coalition Agreement was too detailed. But, this Labour/Alliance Agreement is so vague that is does not even guarantee support for confidence and supply, the essential requirement for Helen Clark to be able to constitutionally form a Government.

"There is no commitment to principles such as the rule of law, sanctity of contract, private property or even democracy. Why are these fundamental principles left out while the political integrity of Parliament is included?

"It's also significant that there is no commitment in the Coalition Agreement to acting on the two referenda which were passed with 80% and 90% support on polling day. The Labour/Alliance Government must act on these two referenda.

"There is no commitment to grow the economy or jobs. There is no commitment to education, health or social welfare.

"The Labour/Alliance Coalition Agreement looks like a poorly thought out and rushed document with the new Government solely interested in getting into the LTD's and the Ministerial houses with no thought as to what they will do with the powers of office. All politics, no values, no vision," said Hon Richard Prebble.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On The Team Behind Trump's Throne

Forget the Putin factor. Daily, the team of charlatans, bigots and stunningly ignorant crackpots that Trump is appointing to head key federal agencies is just as alarming. These are positions with vast power and budgetary discretion over policies that stand to affect tens of millions of vulnerable Americans. Sad! More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English, Abroad

If David Cameron was the closest thing John Key had to a political mentor, their successors also share a whole lot in common. Theresa May and Bill English were both propelled into the top jobs as the result of unexpected resignations, and without much in the way of credible competition from their colleagues... More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Labour Bill To Override Safety Act For Mine Entry

“Bill English has been hiding behind the legal excuse that any attempt to re-enter the mine to recover the bodies might place the mine’s owner, Solid Energy Limited, and its directors in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future? More>>

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news