Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Lack Of Evidence For Privy Council Proposal

For immediate release 11 August 2003

Official Papers Highlight Lack Of Evidence For
Privy Council Proposal

Government papers released to the Institute of Chartered Accountants under the Official Information Act reveal concerns from key Government advisors over the decision to abolish New Zealanders’ right to appeal to the Privy Council.

“At the time the Attorney-General was pushing her proposals through cabinet, officials were warning that there was not enough evidence to support her proposals, and that proceeding through cabinet without proper consultation would expose the Government to risk of partial or inappropriate consultation,” Institute Chief Executive Diana Pryde said today.

“In particular, Treasury recommended the development of a consultation paper comparing and contrasting the costs and benefits of a New Zealand based final appellant court and the Privy Council.”

The papers reveal that Treasury and the Ministry of Economic Development both expressed concerns about a lack of analysis of the costs involved, especially given that the number of appeals were projected to rise significantly. Concern was also expressed that there was no analysis on the implications for business law and the commercial sector, and that the impact on the overworked Court of Appeal was uncertain.

“From the material provided, the Institute is of the view that Treasury and the Ministry of Economic Development were not subsequently given the opportunity to comment on the Regulatory Impact Statement used to justify the decision to Ministers,” Ms Pryde said.

“We are also concerned at the way consultation was represented to Ministers in the Attorney General’s paper. The big five accounting firms were identified as neither supporting nor opposing retention, yet they are strong opponents of the Attorney General’s proposals.”

“To this day the Attorney General has failed to address the issues raised by officials and subsequently repeated by many groups in the community, including the Institute. In fact, the Attorney General ignored these concerns and convened a working group only for the purpose of determining what structure a New Zealand Supreme Court should take.

“Only the Justice and Electoral Committee has called for submissions on whether a New Zealand Court would be an improvement on the Privy Council. The onus is on the government to clearly demonstrate to the Committee the need for reform. To date, it has not.”
….. ends

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote. We also acknowledge the men who supported the cause and voted for the Bill to pass.

“Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.

“Aotearoa New Zealand has a female Prime Minister, we have women in cabinet. And I’m here as Acting Minister because the Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter is on maternity leave. New Zealand is a good place to be a woman!” More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>


'Post-Settlement Era': Māori Crown Agency To Be Established

Cabinet has approved the final scope of the Māori Crown portfolio and agreed to establish an agency to oversee Government’s work with Māori in a post-settlement era, announced Crown/ Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Military Roles In Iraq & Afghanistan

The politics of the deployment extension have degenerated into a slanging match about whether the previous National government was right or wrong to make the initial commitment to Iraq – and whether the extension is a responsible thing given our joint training role in Iraq with Australia, or is hypocritical in the light of prior statements made by a previous Labour leader... More>>


Commissioner To Be Appointed: Govt To Dismiss Board Of Whitireia And WelTec

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has made a preliminary decision to appoint a Commissioner to Whitireia and WelTec to address the two polytechnics’ financial woes. More>>


Open Government Action Plan: Government To Proactively Release Cabinet Papers

The Cabinet papers will be released no later than 30 business days after a Cabinet decision. This process will be in place for Cabinet papers lodged from 1 January 2019... More>>


NZ Initiative: Evidence Of "Huge" Government Waste

It is not so much that spending is being literally wasted. Rather the best performing countries are achieving much better outcomes relative to their spending. More>>





InfoPages News Channels