Parliament

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

 

Re: Employment Relations Bill - Report Back

28 July 2000

Graham Kelly MP
Chairman
Employment and Accident Insurance Select Committee
Parliament Buildings
WELLINGTON

Dear Mr Kelly,

Re: Employment Relations Bill - Report Back


This letter is to record that the Employment and Accident Insurance select committee unanimously agreed that the Employment Relations Bill be reported back by today; Friday 28 July.

The committee further agreed if the Bill could not be printed by 5pm today, that it should be printed over the weekend so it could be tabled first thing Monday, that is: 9am, Monday 31 July.

This is not privileged information as it was confirmed by the Government to opposition whips at the business committee this week.

Relying on this assurance, the ACT party has organised seminars on the Employment Relations Bill for Monday.

Over 3,000 people have registered for ACT’s Monday seminars on the Bill. This is indicative of the huge public demand for more information about the Bill.

I learned from the media that you have unilaterally decided not to report the Bill back until 12pm Tuesday 1 August.

This is an abuse of your position as Chairman.

The reasons you give are not valid.


When the Bill is tabled it can be posted on the Government’s webpage, it will therefore be available to the New Zealand public from one end of the country to the other. Indeed most people receive their information on Government Bills from the webpage, relatively few still go via a bookshop.

Hence, to delay publishing the Bill to help bookshop sales, is not an appropriate reason.

As you know Parliament resumes on Tuesday, making Monday the only day MPs have available to explain the Bill, the amendments, and their implications, to employers and employees.

I believe your real reason for delay is to make it difficult for opposition MPs to counter the Government’s spin and propaganda about the Bill.

Your actions in threatening MPs of breaching parliamentary privilege if they divulge information about the Bill prior to Tuesday, is itself an abuse of the parliamentary system.

This letter is to demand that you adhere to the democratic decision of the select committee and table the Bill today. I am also giving notice that I do not intend to allow you to continue censoring public debate.

If you persist with your actions you are just bringing Parliament into disrepute.

I would like conformation from you today that you are going to publish the Bill today, or Monday 9am at the latest, as agreed.


Yours sincerely


Hon Richard Prebble CBE
LEADER, ACT NEW ZEALAND

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Tourism’s Endless Sense Of Grievance

Sad that a once in a century pandemic should have come along before the government had a clearly thought out plan for rescuing all the firms and saving all the jobs in the tourism sector. Sad that the government now looks like it was making up the criteria for support as it went along. But guess what? To some extent, they were. Possibly because in the modern era, a pandemic had never before caused international travel to evaporate almost overnight... More>>

 

PREFU: Economy Doing Better Than Forecast

The Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update released today shows that the near-term economic recovery has been stronger than the Treasury and many economists predicted at the May Budget, as the economy bounced back strongly out of lockdown... More>>

ALSO:


PM Statement: Cabinet COVID-19 Alert Level Review

Takiri mai te ata, ka ao, ka ao, ka awatea, tihei mauriora! Tātou katoa ngā iwi o Aotearoa, tēnā koutou! Tēnā tātou e whakanuia ana i te wiki nei, te wiki o te reo Māori Greeting to you all from Otepoti, Dunedin. This week is the Māori ... More>>

ALSO:

Greens: $297m Fund To Support Sustainable Food And Farming

The Green Party has released its Farming for the Future Plan, including a $297m fund to support farmers and growers to transition to climate-friendly practices. The plan will: · Improve how we look after our land and water, with a levy on the ... More>>

ALSO:

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>

ALSO:

NZ First: Party List

New Zealand First has a proven twenty-seven-year history of bringing balance and common sense to our government. Amid the continued setbacks of COVID-19 restrictions, New Zealand First has once again sustained its profile by selecting a strong team ... More>>

Election: Arriving Travellers In Isolation To Be Able To Vote By Telephone

Up to 5,000 people in managed isolation or quarantine will be able to vote by telephone in the general election and referendums after an amendment to electoral regulations last week. Chief Electoral Officer Alicia Wright says the Electoral Commission sought ... More>>

National: Investing In Our Children’s Future

A National Government will prioritise lifting achievement for all New Zealand children, no matter their background or ability, National Party Leader Judith Collins and National’s Education spokesperson Nicola Willis say. “Parents just want what’s best for ... More>>

Police: Numerous Arrests Following Investigation Into Historical Offending At Auckland School

Detective Senior Sergeant Geoff Baber, Auckland City Police: Police have made six arrests as part of an operation investigating historical offending at Dilworth School. Auckland City Criminal Investigation Branch have been investigating since a complaint ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels