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


Why Does The Prime Minister Refuse To Be Accountable?

The Prime Minister made a commitment after the 2017 election that New Zealand would have the most accountable and transparent government we have ever seen.

However this Labour led government has proven to be one of the most unaccountable and nontransparent governments we have ever seen.

Right to Life has written to the Prime Minister on four separate occasions to ask her to answer our questions on key life issues. We have either received no response or unsatisfactory one line answers.

Right to Life believes that we must protect our Parliamentary democracy, lest we lose it. When the Prime Minister or any Member of Parliament exercises their right to speak or vote in our Parliament on legislation, they are performing a public duty. It is recorded in Hansard for all to see, indeed for posterity and its a matter of public record.

We believe that the public have an absolute right to ask the Prime Minister and other Members of Parliament (and receive answers regarding their reasons) as to their reasons for voting for or against legislation brought to Parliament. Those who govern, do so with the permission of the electorate. If the Prime Minister is not prepared to be transparent and accountable, why is she expecting us to give her permission to govern us for a further term?

On 10 March 2020, Jacinda Ardern voted against the eight pro-life amendments to the Abortion Legislation Act that would provide increased protection to women and their unborn. One amendment, that of Simon O’Connor, would have provided appropriate medical care to a child born alive in a late term abortion. Another amendment, that of Agnes Loheni, would have given pain relief prior to an abortion to a child of post 20 weeks to avoid its suffering pain while being violently dismembered in the womb. We asked her on 13th March 2020 if she would please advise us why she voted against these compassionate amendments; there was no reply.

Right to Life also wrote twice to the other 68 MPs who voted for the Bill, comprising 36 Labour, 20 National, two NZ First, eight Greens, one ACT and one Independent. They were asked why they voted against the pro-life amendments; None replied except Louisa Wall.

Right to Life also asked Jacinda Ardern for the following important information:-
On 6th January 2020, if she would support our Society’s campaign for women’s equality by supporting the right of women to be born; there was no reply.

On 14 February 2020, under the Official Information Act, we asked the Prime Minister “if she had a policy to support a replacement birth rate of 2.1 (necessary to demographically maintain a natural population), or better and are you committed to implementing policies that will achieve a replacement birth rate of 2.1.” Her Chief of Staff advised that, “the Prime Minister had no such policies.”

Right to Life asked Jacinda Ardern on 21st April 2020, under the Official Information Act, “What medical or biological evidence do you have that the unborn child is not a human being with a right to life until it is born?” She refused to answer and referred our request to the Ministry of Justice.

Why then is it, that Jacinda Ardern has consistently refused respectful requests from Right to Life for information on her policies and actions.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Mayor of Auckland: Alert Level Change Welcome News

Mayor Phil Goff says the government’s decision to move Auckland to Level 2 from 6am on Sunday will be welcome news for all Aucklanders.
“Moving strongly and quickly to contain this outbreak has once again proved effective in stopping the spread of community transmission and I thank all the Aucklanders who have followed the rules of Level 3 over the past week,” he says... More>>


Earthquakes: Tsunami Activity – Cancelled

The National Advisory issued at 2:48pm following this morning's earthquakes near the KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION is cancelled.
The advice from GNS Science, based on ocean observations, is that the Beach and Marine threat has now passed for all areas... More>>

Joint Press Release: Dirty PR Exposed In Whale Oil Defamation Trial

Three public health advocates are relieved that their long-standing Whale Oil defamation trial against Cameron Slater, Carrick Graham, Katherine Rich and the Food and Grocery Council has finally concluded and they are pleased that the truth has come out... More>>


Government: Next Stage Of COVID-19 Support For Business And Workers

The Government has confirmed details of COVID-19 support for business and workers following the increased alert levels due to a resurgence of the virus over the weekend... More>>


Government: Balanced Economic Approach Reflected In Crown Accounts

New Zealand’s economic recovery has again been reflected in the Government’s books, which are in better shape than expected.
The Crown accounts for the seven months to the end of January 2021 were better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU)... More>>

Covid-19: Auckland Back To Alert Level Three After One New Community Case Revealed

Auckland will move to alert level three for a week at 6am tomorrow morning after two new Covid-19 community cases announced this evening could not be directly linked to earlier cases, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
The rest of the country will move to level two.... More>>

NZ Initiative: New Report Highlights How Our Housing Crisis Could Worsen If We Don’t Act Now

If New Zealand politicians thought the housing crisis in 2020 was bad, the worst is yet to come, warns a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. In The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand , Research Assistant Leonard Hong ... More>>

Parliament: Kiwi MPs Among The “Most Educated In The World”

New analysis of MP qualifications reveals New Zealand’s Parliament is one of the most educated and highest qualified in the world, and significantly more educated than Australia’s. The research, by Mark Blackham of BlacklandPR and Geoffrey Miller ... More>>




InfoPages News Channels