Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More

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


Labour calls for Cabinet Manual to be followed

2000 web siteLabour Leader Helen Clark and Cultural Affairs spokesperson Judith Tizard today condemned the Government's decision to make appointments to the chair and membership of Creative New Zealand barely three months before the general election without any consultation.

Helen Clark said the National Party's arrogance knows no bounds.

"The Cabinet Office Manual notes that the practice has been for restraint to be applied in relation to significant appointments from approximately three months before a general election. We expect the National Government to follow that practice," Helen Clark said.

"We are now so close to the general election that filling appointments to major agencies without consultation is clearly an attempt to foreclose options for an incoming government. The Government should refrain from making significant appointments at this stage in the electoral cycle.

"The appointments to Creative New Zealand today add insult to the injury already created by the junior Minister for Cultural Affairs purporting to restructure government arrangements for culture so close to the election.

"Labour has not endorsed those restructuring plans and regards all options as being open with respect to Creative New Zealand and general arrangements in the cultural sector," Helen Clark said.

Judith Tizard said the chair of Creative New Zealand was one of the most influential and powerful positions in the New Zealand arts and culture sector.

"Labour in government, at the end of this year will need to work closely with the Chair of Creative New Zealand to foster and encourage New Zealand's cultural identity. It is therefore insulting and breaks with convention for the Government not even to consult with us over this appointment," Judith Tizard said.

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Newshub/Smokefree Twin Fiascos

Here’s a tale of two sunset industries. One has a track record of quality investigative reporting, and sound reportage of the 24/7 news cycle. The other sunset industry peddles a deadly substance that kills and injures tens of thousands of New Zealanders every year, while imposing significant annual costs on the public health system.

Which industry is this government rushing to assist..?


ACT: New Zealand Dodges Dopey Experiment In Prohibition

“Labour’s attempted crackdown on smokers would have delivered criminal groups a near-monopoly over the cigarette trade,” says ACT Health spokesman Todd Stephenson... More

Government: Backs Police To Crackdown On Gangs
The coalition Government is restoring law and order by providing police new tools to crack down on criminal gangs, says Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Police Minister Mark Mitchell. “Over the last five years gangs have recruited more than 3000 members, a 51 per cent increase... More

Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More

Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More




InfoPages News Channels


Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.