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

 


Dyson Should Explain Delay to 10-Year Passport Report

Dyson Should Explain Delay to 10-Year Passport Report


19 MAY 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Delays in a Select Committee report on a petition calling for the reintroduction of ten year passports are likely to result in any law change not occurring until after the election. In February, the Government Administration Select Committee considered the petition of Kyle Lockwood calling for the reintroduction of ten year passports. At the time, the Select Committee indicated that it would report back to Parliament within a fortnight. The report is now nearly three months overdue.


The Taxpayers’ Union is backing calls for the reintroduction of ten year passports and released a briefing paper in February that shows how New Zealand is out of step with the rest of the world in terms of cost and length of validity.

“For whatever reason the Select Committee is dragging its heels on the issue,” saysTaxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams. “We were told at the Select Committee that it would take only a few weeks to report back to Parliament so that Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne could consider the matter and any resulting legislation could be looked at by this Parliament.”
“The Committee Chair, Ruth Dyson, should front up and explain what is taking so long. Why is the Committee dragging its heels on this issue? The Labour Party are apparently supportive of the reintroduction of ten year passports, but seem complicit to allow the issue to be shelved until after the election.”

“We say that’s not good enough. How is it fair that New Zealanders still get the lousiest deal in the world for the basic privilege of a passport? New Zealanders are still being overcharged, the government is still sitting on a surplus of passport fees, and now the process to amend the law is being delayed."
'Sky High', the Taxpayers’ Union briefing paper on passport affordability, is available for download here.
ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greek Riddles:
Gordon Campbell On The Recent Smackdown Over Greece

There had been a fortnight of fevered buildup. Yet here we are in the aftermath of the February 28 showdown between the new Syriza government in Greece and the European Union “troika” and… no-one seems entirely sure what happened. Did the asteroid miss Earth?

It seems to have. The EU still exists. Syriza is now claiming a victory of sorts. It doesn’t help that the only people who do appear to be sure (the Greeks buckled) are claiming the exact opposite to what the other group (the Greeks won!) are saying. Plus, there are bets either way e.g. Bloomberg News: “Its too early to say who caved in to whom.” More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Key warmly welcomed Prime Minister Abbott and Mrs Abbott to New Zealand. The visit has enabled wide-ranging and substantive discussion that has underlined the strength, value, diversity and warmth of our trans-Tasman relationship. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: Peters To Stand In Northland By-Election

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has announced his intention to stand in the Northland by-election, citing his own links to the electorate and ongoing neglect of the region by central government. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Wage Hike For MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza? More>>

ALSO:

No Designers Or Visual Artists: Flag Panel Members Announced

The Government has appointed 12 New Zealanders as members of the Flag Consideration Panel which will engage with the public about a possible new New Zealand flag, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour MP Stands Down From Portfolio: Comment From Carmel Sepuloni

The first I knew of my mother’s charges was when I was called by a reporter yesterday. I spoke to Andrew and we agreed there is a conflict of interest at the present time which means I will temporarily stand aside from the Social Development portfolio. It’s the right thing to do… . More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Whether NZ Troops Are The Least Of Islamic State’s Problems

Given that it has been politically packaged and sold as a training mission, the Iraq deployment announced yesterday by Prime Minister John Key seemed to be mysteriously short of actual trainers... The other wing of the argument is whether a troop deployment is (a) the only effective way and (b) the appropriate time to combat Islamic State. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news