Parliament

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

 

Govt turnaround on HSE Bill victory for National


Roger Sowry National Deputy Leader

15 November 2002

Govt turnaround on HSE Bill victory for National

The Government's u-turn on prosecuting groups reliant on volunteers under the Health and Safety in Employment Bill is a victory for National, says National Deputy Leader and Labour and Industrial Relations spokesperson Roger Sowry.

Trevor Mallard has promised that the bill will be amended to exclude volunteer organisations from prosecution should a volunteer be injured.

"This legislation would make sports clubs and voluntary organisations liable for a $250,000 fine if a volunteer was injured whilst fundraising. This cost would send many of them to the wall.

"I have had hundreds of letters from every imaginable type of sports club, school and voluntary organisation from throughout the country since we raised the anomaly in this proposed legislation. They are worried that they will have to stop using volunteers, meaning an end to their fundraising activities.

"We will accept nothing less than total withdrawal of all voluntary organisations, be they sports clubs, church groups or the local school barbecue fundraiser, from this ridiculous legislation.

"The debate over this piece of legislation is not over. There are still many parts of this bill that are totally unacceptable to the National party, such as the proposed inclusion employer liability for stress.

"The Government fully intended that voluntary groups be penalised in this way, but it is pleasing that it has buckled under the pressure from National and the groups involved," Mr Sowry said.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Government: Northland To Move To Orange, NZ Prepared For Omicron


Northland will move to Orange at 11:59pm tonight, 20 January 2022, while the rest of New Zealand will remain at Orange as the Government prepares for Omicron to enter the community.
“Vaccination rates have continued to increase in Northland and are now at 89 percent first dose. The easing of the Auckland boundary over summer did not drive an increase in cases so we believe it is safe for Northland...
More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On Responding To The Need In Tonga


The power of the Tonga eruption (and the size of the aid response being mounted) have been sobering indications of the scale of this disaster. The financial impact is certain to exceed the damage done by Cyclone Harold two years ago, which was estimated at the time to cost $US111 million via its effects on crops, housing and tourism facilities. This time, the tsunami damage, volcanic ash, sulphur dioxide contamination and villager relocation expenses are likely to cost considerably more to meet...
More>>



 
 



Government: New Zealand Prepared To Send Support To Tonga

New Zealand is ready to assist Tonga in its recovery from Saturday night’s undersea eruption and tsunami, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today... More>>


Ministry of Health: COVID-19 Immunisation Starts For 5 To 11-year-old Tāmariki

More than 120,000 doses of the child (paediatric) Pfizer vaccine have been delivered to over 500 vaccination sites around New Zealand as health providers prepare to start immunising 5 to 11-year-olds tamariki from today, 17 January... More>>


Crown: Duke Of York’s NZ Military Patronage Appointment Ends
Buckingham Palace has recently announced that, with the Queen's approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen... More>>

Financial Services Federation: Open Letter To Government From Non-bank Lenders: The Path Forward On CCCFA Changes
Responsible lenders are not interested in telling the Government “I told you so” when it comes to unintended consequences of changes to lending laws that are now causing grief for everyday Kiwis seeking finance... More>>

CTU: Too Many Kiwi Workers Financially Vulnerable As Omicron Looms
With New Zealand on the precipice of an Omicron outbreak and the economic upheaval that comes with it, the CTU’s annual Mood of the Workforce Survey shows the vast majority of kiwi workers do not have the financial resources to survive a period of unemployment... More>>


Financial Advice NZ: Law Changes Locking Out Home Seekers, Urgent Meeting Sought With Government

Recent changes in consumer finance law on top of Government policy changes are locking many home seekers out of finance options they would have qualified for just six weeks ago, says Financial Advice New Zealand... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels