Parliament

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

 

Deadline set by officials on election law lapses

Bill English MP
National Party Deputy Leader

7 December 2007

Deadline set by officials on election law lapses

National Party Deputy Leader Bill English says officials set a deadline of November 31 to pass the Electoral Reform Bill, yet Labour is planning to pass it only a week before Christmas.

“Officials don’t have time to understand what the bill means before it becomes law. Agencies like the Electoral Commission will virtually be flying blind, as they struggle to understand the implications of a regime that starts on 1 January.

“This explains Labour’s blunt rejection of the Human Rights Commission request for the public to have another say on this anti-democratic legislation. It will also be why Michael Cullen is so desperate to barge it through Parliament before Christmas.”

National has proposed an amendment to commence the bill on 1 April 2008, to allow the electoral agencies, political parties and other interest groups to come to grips with this opaque and complicated bill.

“Labour’s had two years to put together a bill which everyone understands, properly consult other parties, and establish a regime which more than a slim majority of Parliament supports.

“Instead, at the eleventh hour, Minister Annette King has had to embarrassingly admit that even she doesn’t understand the bill. What chance do the public have? What chance do officials have?”

Mr English says that under the Official Information Act, National has also requested all the Justice Ministry’s papers relating to the Electoral Finance Bill.

“The issue’s been taken to the Ombudsman because those papers – which the public are entitled to see – have been withheld.

“Those documents will shed more light on what officials think of this deeply flawed bill.”

ENDS

Extract from Pg 14 of briefing to incoming Minister of Justice – Electoral finance review
“The Bill must be passed by 31 November 2007, to enable the electoral agencies to prepare for the 2008 general election.”

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Labour Refusing To Lead A Progressive Drugs Policy

Once again, Labour has chosen not to use (a) its parliamentary majority and (b) the huge mandate it was given at the last election in order to (c) bring about progressive social change. Once again, Labour seems to regard its main purpose for being in power as being to keep National and Act out of power. Will Labour for instance, overhaul our out-dated, unsafe, and unjust laws on drugs? No, it will not... More>>

 

Government: The Duke Of Edinburgh

9 April 2021 Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today expressed New Zealand’s sorrow at the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. “Our thoughts are with Her Majesty The Queen at this profoundly sad time. On behalf of the New ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Delivers Next Phase Of Climate Action

The Government is delivering on a key election commitment to tackle climate change, by banning new low and medium temperature coal-fired boilers and partnering with the private sector to help it transition away from fossil fuels. This is the first ... More>>

Government: Independent Experts To Advise On Post-Vaccination Future

The Government is acting to ensure decisions on responding to the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic are informed by the best available scientific evidence and strategic public health advice. “New Zealand has worked towards an elimination ... More>>

Health: Drug-Testing Law To Be Made Permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

World Travel: New Zealand Temporarily Suspending Travel From India - PM Jacinda Ardern

Travel into New Zealand from India - including for New Zealand citizens and residents - is being temporarily suspended because of high numbers of Covid-19 cases. More>>

Finance: Crown Accounts Again Better Than Forecast

Hon Grant Robertson Minister of Finance The economic recovery from COVID-19 continues to be reflected in the Government’s books, which are again better than expected. The Crown accounts for the eight months to the end of February 2021 showed both OBEGAL ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels