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

 

Minister’s request to defer Bill welcomed

MEDIA RELEASE – For immediate use, 28 February 2012

Minister’s request to defer Bill welcomed

The New Zealand Law Society has welcomed the request by Justice Minister Judith Collins for the Legal Assistance (Sustainability) Bill to be deferred until completion of the Family Courts Review.

Law Society President Jonathan Temm said the Minister’s action in requesting the Justice and Electoral committee to defer the Bill showed that she appreciated the wider implications of the Bill.

“The Law Society and a number of other organisations made strong submissions to the committee calling for deferral of the Bill. We are very pleased that the Minister has listened to the arguments and agrees that it is sensible to take a wider view of the whole issue of the place of legal aid in the Family Courts system.”

Mr Temm said the Law Society had told the committee that the Bill attempted to bring Family Court appointment of lawyers into the legal aid system without any investigation of the social consequences. It was also in isolation from the major review of the Family Courts which had been initiated last year.

“We say the Bill is a piecemeal response to very important matters which affect access to justice and some of the most vulnerable groups of people in New Zealand. The Minister’s decision to ask for deferral shows she is listening and is focused on the bigger picture.”

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Elusive Charms Of Christopher Luxon


Well, the first 36 hours of viewing the Christopher Luxon selfie were always going to be the best, before the repetitions set in. We get it, already. He’s an extroverted/big ego/high achieving/God fearing/country music lovin’/family man who is not at all averse to mansplaining to little ladies like RNZ’s Kathryn Tyan what “technical” words like “productivity” actually mean. But wait, there’s more. National is back! Mind you, that’s not the Bad National of recent experience, but the Good National of days gone by... More>>




 
 

Government: Delivers Reactivation Package As Aucklanders Reconnect For Summer
A new support package will help revive economic, social and cultural activities in our largest city over summer, and ensure those in hardship also get relief. The Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni and the Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash... More>>



Government: Crown Accounts Reflect Strong Economy Amid Pandemic

The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect an economy that has performed better than expected, despite the latest Delta COVID-19 outbreak. The Crown accounts for the four months to the end of October factors in the improved starting position for the new financial year... More>>

ALSO:

National: Christopher Luxon Elected Party Leader
Christopher Luxon has been elected Leader of the New Zealand National Party, alongside Nicola Willis as Deputy Leader. “It is a tremendous privilege to lead our great party, and I thank my colleagues for the confidence they have placed in me,” Mr Luxon says... More>>

Waitangi National Trust: Waitangi Week
The Waitangi National Trust has decided there will be no in-person events at Waitangi Treaty Grounds during Waitangi Week 2022. Under the COVID-19 Protection Framework it would be practically impossible to safely proceed with the usual events of Waitangi commemorations... More>>


Freedom Camping: Making Sure People Are Up To Play With Changes
People interested in finding out how the proposed improvements to freedom camping might affect them are being invited to an information-sharing webinar... More>>

AUT: Aucklanders Are Less Concerned With Covid
In reaction to commentary that Aucklanders are at breaking point after more than 100 days in lockdown and that compliance with the rules is under threat, AUT Emeritus Professor of Sociology Charles Crothers says... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels