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

 


Trans Tasman 2012 Roll Call Predicts Cabinet Casualties

Trans Tasman 2012 Roll Call Predicts Cabinet Casualties

Political Report Trans Tasman was right on the money in its 2012 Roll Call - its 8th annual review of MP performances. Editor in Chief Max Bowden says "we picked Phil Heatley and Kate Wilkinson as a pair who needed to lift their games after poor years, while Craig Foss was another picked for his inability to get on top of portfolio issues. although he was not thrown out of Cabinet."

Here's how Roll Call rated Heatley, Wilkinson and Foss.

Phil Heatley. (4/10) His management of the energy and resources portfolio seems to be really in name only with Steven Joyce’s hands on the levers. In housing progress is being made, but the story is not getting out there and experienced campaigner Annette King along with a host of more radical protest groups continue to score points against Heatley, who honestly just looks a bit hapless at times. Frequent trumpeting of "good news" announcements in Parliament makes him look like a cabinet lightweight - which he is.

Kate Wilkinson. (4/10) Not a great year for Wilkinson, she lost the Labour portfolio because the Pike River Coal tragedy happened “on her watch.” Some argue this was insufficient punishment for her lawyerly hands off approach, but Ministers do tend to blame their advisors when disasters happen. Does not seem particularly enthusiastic about the conservation portfolio. Has to lift her game, as the kudos for winning Waimakariri off Labour will not keep her at the top table for ever.Key rated her highly when he appointed her, she was one of his "finds" which he might now be wishing he hadn't discovered.

Craig Foss (5/10). Foss has competently handled the complex commerce portfolio, but only because all the heavy lifting was done by his predecessor Simon Power. To date, he has effectively baby-sat Power's financial market reforms, and is only now facing a real test over the David Ross investment scandal, where some $440m of investors' funds has gone missing and the reforms to the sector seem to have made no difference. Similarly, did not seem to get an early grasp of the size of the problems with the Novapay debacle, his only major education responsibility, until it snowballed into a major and long-running issue. It is all very well to blame officials for the initial blunders, but Ministers have to take responsibility for sorting problems out. Public performances have been notably poor. Emerging as a minor Cabinet liability.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Anzac Issue Out Now: Werewolf 47

Hi and welcome to the 47th edition of Werewolf, published on the eve of Anzac Day. Its become a cliché to describe Gallipolli as the crucible of this country’s identity, yet hold on... Isn’t our national identity supposed to be bi-cultural... and wouldn’t that suggest that the New Zealand Wars of the 19th century is a more important crucible of national identity than those fought on foreign soil?

Yet as Alison McCulloch eloquently reveals in this month’s cover story, New Zealand devotes a mere fraction of its attention span and funding resources to commemorating the New Zealand Wars compared to what it devotes to the two world wars, Vietnam and Afghanistan... More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Crowdsourcing: Green Party Launches Internet Rights And Freedoms Bill

The Green Party has today launched the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill, New Zealand’s first ever Bill crowdsourced by a political party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Shane Jones Departure

Shane Jones has left Parliament in the manner to which we have become accustomed, with self interest coming in first and second, and with the interests of the Labour Party (under whose banner he served) way, way back down the track. More>>

COMMENT:

Multimedia: PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference - April 22 2014

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • The recent improvement in the economy with a growing job market • Income and wealth inequality • Easter trading laws • The New Zealander killed in a drone strike in Yemen... More>>

Easter Trading: Workers 'Can Kiss Goodbye To Easter Sunday Off'

The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. More>>

ALSO:

ACT Don't Go For Maximum Penalty: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail

Three strikes for burglary was introduced to England and Wales in 1999. As in New Zealand, burglary was out of control and given a low priority by the police and the courts. A Labour government passed a three strikes law whereby a third conviction for burglaries earned a mandatory three years in prison... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home. More>>

ALSO:

Elections: New Electorate Boundaries Finalised

New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Bad Transnationals: Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award

It won the 2011 Roger Award and was runner up in 2012, 2009 and 08. One 2013 nomination said simply and in its entirety: “Blackmailing country”... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news