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From the pen of Fran O’Sullivan

Written By: - Date published: 12:25 pm, April 3rd, 2011 - 21 comments
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It seems the stench of the decision to remove the right to a jury trial from those arrested in the ‘Terror Raids’ has even risen into the nostrils of usually conservative members of the intelligentsia.

Not only did (judge) Winkelmann suppress her reasoning for her December 9 decision last year but she also suppressed (for some weeks) the fact that she had made it.

“…..untenable for a senior court to rule in the prosecution’s favour and deny these people a right to have their case heard by a jury of their peers.”

and further:

Nor is it tenable for the Court of Appeal to refuse to say publicly why it has ensured the upcoming trial will be one decided by legal insiders.

Comfortable as she is, on the right of the political spectrum, O’Sullivan attacks the moral cowardice of the left for not speaking out as strongly as they could.

O’Sullivan particularly excoriates Labour and the Greens for their silence.

“….even Greens MP Keith Locke – who has been the subject of Security Service surveillance – has had little (if anything) to say on the court’s decision. But unless this carry-on is challenged this country runs the risk of being set on the path to Star Chamber hearings, where any activist facing serious charges will essentially be subject to a secret trial.

Fran O’Sullivan

By calling on the parliamentary left to stand up in condemning this decision, O’Sullivan may be mindful of the words of warning given by Pastor Niemoller before the US Congress, to the members of the establishment of the dangers that can befall, even them, for ignoring abuses of the state.

21 comments on “From the pen of Fran O’Sullivan”

  1. Thanks for highlighting this Jenny. Good to see Fran’s principles are still as sound as ever. I know you couldn’t reproduce the whole article in this post but I found two other passages particularly telling:

    Widely leaked police affidavits painted a colourful story that no doubt alarmed senior political figures…

    At its heart, the Urewera 18 case is not complex. It is being made complex by the prosecution’s apparent drive to retrofit the case so that the police can use what was initially deemed illegally gained evidence to bolster their submissions.

    I too am concerned by the court’s decision, and particularly its supression of its reasons because it may be the decision is somehow justified.

    But what is beyond dispute is the other aspects Fran has highlighted: the prosecution, and particularly the Police, have clearly behaved in an unethical and potentially illegal manner. That shouldn’t need to wait for the trial – and possibly form part of the defence.

    It should be investigated; thoroughly; now.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      What the court does and the reasons for that should never be suppressed. Doing so is part of the make up of a dictatorial and unaccountable government.

      • You start second-guessing the judiciary, or constraining what they can do, you wake up one morning and you’re in bed with David Garrett :-D

        I agree with you in terms of reasons – I can’t think of anyhting that could justify the why of a decision being supressed. And in 95% of cases, that would also apply to the what. But I think there are circumstances – risk of witness or juror intimidation, say – where suppression of certain things may be justified, especially prior to proceedings.

        • Oleolebiscuitbarrell 1.1.1.1

          <i>Doing so is part of the make up of a dictatorial and unaccountable government.</i>

          Except that we do have very effective separation between government and judiciary in New Zealand.

          • lprent 1.1.1.1.1

            With regret, putting in a wysiwyg editor means that putting tags in directly is now something that isn’t allowed while in that editor.

            I’ll be putting the ability to switch editors in this evening. I was going to do it when/if I woke up early as per normal, but I had a really good sleep last night – and I got the solution to the bug whilst dreaming.

          • Jenny 1.1.1.1.2


            “Except that we do have very effective separation between government and judiciary in New Zealand.”

            Oleolebiscuitbarrell

            Ollie, Why is the independence of the state forces from our democracy seen as a virtue?

            Shouldn’t they instead be our accountable servants?

            Doesn’t the “effective separation between government and judiciary” as you put it, also mean less accountability and no democratic oversight of the state forces to the publicly elected officials of our democracy?
             
            What is it that is so great about the effective separation between the government and the judiciary?

            Or for that matter between the police and the government?

            Or between the army and the government?

            Or the secret service and the government?

            Or the crown (in the form of the Governor General) and the government?

            Being independent of the government can also mean being outside the control of our democracy

            Oleole, do you think that the state should be apart from, and separate from the government?

            In a democracy like ours shouldn’t we support the supremacy of our democracy over the state?

            And not the supremacy of the state over our democracy?

            In my opinion, in a democracy an independent state is not such a good thing.

            After all the state forces of Egypt, the army and the police, were until very recently completely independent, separate and above society, with no democratic oversight at all.

            I don’t think you would support this state of affairs in this country. 

            • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1.2.1

              What is it that is so great about the effective separation between the government and the judiciary?

              It stops the PM from having the police raise trumped up charges against Opposition leaders, and then having the Courts put those leaders in jail for years at a time.

              Like has happened in nearby places like Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, China,…
               
              So really there are some advantages.
               

              After all the state forces of Egypt, the army and the police, were until very recently completely independent, separate and above society, with no democratic oversight at all.
               

              Not quite: the army and the police were direct extensions of the Executive branch. Again imagine the example: the PM takes a disliking to an Opposition leader, and tells the Police Commissioner to get that Opposition leader arrested. Done. (And the outcome of the trial is predetermined as well).

               

              • Jenny

                C.V. I asked – “What is it that is so great about the effective separation between the government and the judiciary?”

                To which you replied – “It stops the PM from having the police raise trumped up charges against Opposition leaders, and then having the Courts put those leaders in jail for years at a time.
                Like has happened in nearby places like Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, China,…
                 
                The key difference is that these countries are not democracies but dictatorships.
                There is no public accountability of the state.

                Effectively the un-elected head of state is often the leader of the police or the army.

                In fact the ‘State’ is the army and the police.

                Colonial Viper your argument that the state forces should be independent of a democratically elected government is contradictory.

                I claimed that – “the state forces of Egypt, the army and the police, were until very recently completely independent, separate and above society, with no democratic oversight at all.”

                To which you replied – “Not quite: the army and the police were direct extensions of the Executive branch.”

                I thought that is what I said.

                In Egypt as in most dictatorships the police and the army are the naked state, without any democratic oversight.

                You should never forget that our state forces are also not democratic in their organisational makeup. The so called “chain of command”, ensures that all those promoted to leading positions are appointed by a self perpetuating leadership, and not elected by the ranks and certainly not by the public, in this both, the police and the army are similar to dictatorships. This is why, in a democracy both these forces must be subservient to the democratically elected leaders.

    • Pascal's bookie 1.2
      Aah, but Rex, I was listening to various assorted worthies,
      on one of the blathering programs on the teevee this morning,
      and discovered that the Minister of Police’s job is to defend the Police,
      and that the current minister is well up to the task,
      and that no one can expect her to be anything other than forthright in her defence of the police;

      which is her primary job I was told,
      and not a one of the assorted gathered worthies saw fit to contradict.
      So there you have it.

      • Ker-rist on a popsicle stick. Care to name these worthies. Pb?

        Strangely enough it’s a view of the Minister’s job not confined to the incumbent in NZ. I’ve heard several holders of that office make the same statement.

        Wonder what the same commentators would say if, for instance, a hospital was alleged to have bungled and killed someone and the Minister of Health said it was their job secription to “defend doctors and nurses”.

        One good thing comes from all this though… with Judith Collins taking on the role, there’s no need for the fatuous Police Union.

        • Pascal's bookie 1.2.1.1

          Jon Johansson, Moira Coatsworth and Paul East, plus Holmes. So at least 2 should-have-known-much-betters

          http://tumeke.blogspot.com/2011/04/qa-nation-review.html

          • Rex Widerstrom 1.2.1.1.1

            The new Labour Party President, welcomed with such touching hope in another post here on this very same day?!

            Didn’t take her long to illustrate where her loyalties lie… with the status quo, as with everyone else who manages to rise to senior political office in NZ. Funny that.

            Paul East’s position I find extremely disappointing. Knowing him slightly as I do I have to wonder whether he actually believes that – I’d be astounded if someone with his knowledge of law and constituional matters did – or whether he’s letting party loyalty dictate his response. Either way… shame.

        • lprent 1.2.1.2

          Judith Collins appears to have bought into the defending the police myth more thoroughly than anyone since John Banks had the role.

          I keep having people of the right telling that she is bright and competent (and someone to take over from Key when he bails out) But so far I have seen no evidence of a backbone against anyone who can fight back, or signs of any understanding of the various roles of government.

          Not someone I would trust very far. Looks too stupid to trust.

          • ghostwhowalksnz 1.2.1.2.1

            Shes saying higher standards are ‘expected’ from the new commissioner ?

            Hello?
            shes had the job for 2 1/2 years. It would be interesting  to see if she has raised one finger about  general police competency  in that time

      • Jenny 1.2.2

        “…..the Minister of Police’s job is to defend the Police,
        and that the current minister is well up to the task,
        and that no one can expect her to be anything other than forthright in her defence of the police;
        which is her primary job I was told,
        and not a one of the assorted gathered worthies saw fit to contradict.
        So there you have it.”

        Pascal’s bookie

        Pascal I have been struck that through history it is a hallmark of a right wing politician to want kow tow before the myth of the infallibility and incorruptibility of the armed forces and the police, and to aspire to hand over leadership to them. (Sometimes with comically nauseatingly effusive speeches peppered with words like, “Saviours of the Nation” etc. etc.)

        Frankly apart from being dangerously wrong headed, I think this right wing instinct is rather infantile.

         

  2. Jenny 2

    oops neglected to include the link to the full article

    Fran O’Sullivan: Protect our basic right to trial by jury

  3. Andrew Roger 3

    And she was fairly harsh about Brownlee not too long ago either.

    Fran’s right- she shouldn’t have to worry about being the opposition on this- there should be a strong movement opposing the continuing anti-democratic behaviour of this government. Glad to know that if there was a movement though, she’d consider joining.

  4. Kris Gledhill 4

    The problem with expecting the Labour party to object to this is that the legislation in question – which allows prosecutors to apply to have trials expected to last 20 days or more before a judge and allows a judge to direct that the jury of ones peers should be replaced by a judge – was introduced in 2008 by the then Labour government. What it actually represents is another part of a process of removing fundamental features of the criminal justice system because it is thought that they are too expensive and inefficient. The Criminal Procedure Simplification Bill currently before Parliament is another example of this: the process leading to this was started under Labour and so they have little basis for challenging National for introducing it, since it could just as easily have been a Labour Minister speaking in favour of it. Congratulations to Fran O’Sullivan for pointing out that there is a principle here – namely trial by ones peers and decisions being made by the public not a judge – which is worth the costs involved.

  5. GINA 5

    Kris

    The problem with expecting the Labour party to object to this is that the legislation in question – which allows prosecutors to apply to have trials expected to last 20 days or more before a judge and allows a judge to direct that the jury of ones peers should be replaced by a judge – was introduced in 2008 by the then Labour government.

    Thanks for that. Unless someone can mount a good defense for Labour on this one my vote is going elsewhere. How far did this legislation progress etc etc.This makes it very clear that we need at least 2 new parties i.e. a left and right wing. Would be better with all left wing parties but It’s a free country for now .
    I’m beginning to wonder if we will actually have an election this November and wonder what type of terrorist false flag just might occur during the world cup.
    Then theres is another possibility The World Bank who promote PPP’s and the sale of countries assetts  are obviously writing National party policy.  Nobel prize winner Joseph Stiglitz claims the IMF and the Clinton administration helped rigg the Russian election to get Yeltsin ( their man ) into power. Stiglitz was in the top echelons of the Clinton administration at the time so was an insider. National cannot get electoral compliance with their real agenda so I think they might be going to rigg November.
     

  6. Jenny 6

    Jury trials are a recognised hallmark of a democracy. This is why Fran O’Sullivan specifically mentions that unless this precedent – “is challenged this country runs the risk of being set on the path to Star Chamber hearings”. Fran O’Sullivan

    The sort of court hearings they have in communist China.

    In democracies we have jury trials. 

    In dictatorships judge only trials are the norm. 

    n undemocratically ruled force (the police) should not have the power to oppose jury trials. 

    One of the reasons for jury trials is that the judiciary are not chosen democratically either, like leaders of the police and the army the judiciary are appointed.

    Democratic politicians of all persuasions should be strenuously demanding in the house of representatives that parliament immediately repeal the law that the allows the police to oppose jury trials.
    If the politicians fail to take up this message then it behoves the people of this country as in any other democracy to support the protests of those charged for their right to a jury trial.

  7. Jenny 7

    CV. I asked – “What is it that is so great about the effective separation between the government and the judiciary?”

    You answered – “It stops the PM from having the police raise trumped up charges against Opposition leaders, and then having the Courts put those leaders in jail for years at a time.
    Like has happened in nearby places like Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, China,…
     
    So really there are some advantages.”

    Colonial Viper

    CV don’t you think that the public accountability, freedom of information, and right to protest that is a featured part of a democracy, makes your scenario of a democratically elected politician haveing his government opposition arrested, is so unlikely as to be farcical. 
    But hey, for a laugh let us explore this idea.
    cue dramatic breaking news music:
    Good evening everybody as everyone has heard by now the big news story of the day is the political furore in Wellington.
    Phil Goff, the leader of the opposition has been arrested on what some say are spurious trumped up drugs charges. 
    Prime Minister John Key says that he has been fully briefed by Howard Broad but says that it is a matter for the police and that the government will not be taking any action on the matter.
    It is early days yet, but already it looks as though Mr Goff is being elevated to National saint hood by mass rallies around the country which have been carried by this channel and in all the other mainstream media outlets, as well as being splashed all over the internet. There has also been world wide interest with this story making headlines around the globe. 
     
    Wait, wait, 
    Some late breaking news has just come through my headset.
    Just to hand, in a matter of hours current polls have turned completely around and show that and in the upcoming election the Labour Party looks set to win by a massive margin. 
    Yes folks it looks like a landslide victory for Labour.
    We cross live now to Labour Party headquarters, where despite the election still being months away, preparations are already being made for a victory parade to welcome Phil Goff on his release from Mt Eden prison where he is being held. The plans are that Phil Goff is to be carried out through the gates of the prison on the shoulders of Labour Party supporters. 
    There is to be a brief news conference and speeches and a temporary stage is to be erected in the road outside the prison gates. The crowds are expected to be massive. After the press conference it is planned for Phil Goff to be immediately taken by limosine to Mangere airport for a special chartered flight to Wellington to take up his position in parliament as Prime Minister. His first move will be to launch an inquiry into how the charges were brought against him. Already there have been some rumours of some early retirements in the police and judiciary.
    The incumbent Prime Minister John Key has been quoted as saying, “I never saw this coming, it has been a most unfortunate set of events, and if I knew this was going to be the result I would never have let things go this far. A full investigation is being launched and alongside ordering Howard Broad to stand down. Parliament has made an executive order that the all charges against the leader of the opposition have been dropped. I would like to take this opportunity to give my sincerest apologies to the New Zealand people for not acting sooner.”

    Later Campbell Live will investigate if this has been a bigger back down in government direction than that brought about by the massive protests against schedule 4 mining.

    In other news…… 

    Actually come to think of it Snake, on current polling, your unlikely fantasy looks the only way of Phil Goff becoming PM.

     

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    Back in 2003, the then-Labour government, faced with the "threat" of an unpopular child-sex offender being released from prison at the end of their sentance, enacted the Parole (Extended Supervision) and Sentencing Amendment Act, allowing them to be detained for...
    No Right Turn | 23-04
  • Govt response to alcohol report simplistic
    The Government's response to a Ministry of Justice report on minimum alcohol pricing is simplistic and turns its back on those who are most susceptible to alcohol marketing promoting greater consumption, Labour's Justice spokesperson Andrew Little says. "The Ministry's report...
    Labour | 25-04
  • Govt fails Southern Cross Forest workers
    The Government's failure to deal with problems in the wood processing industry has resulted in more needless job losses, Green Party forestry spokesperson Steffan Browning said today.Southern Cross Forest Products announcement of another sawmill closure brings the tally of closures...
    Greens | 24-04
  • Humiliation for Government in Chinese dictat
    New Zealand’s food safety systems should be respected by our trading partners, but instead the Government has been humiliated with the Chinese dictating the terms of our infant formula production, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.   “The Government...
    Labour | 24-04
  • Honouring our Pacific soldiers
    Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson and MP for Mangere, Su’a William Sio, will pay a special tribute to the many Pacific Islanders who fought in the New Zealand Armed Forces during the First World War in a speech he is giving...
    Labour | 24-04
  • Government inaction on power and housing to blame for latest rate rise
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei says today's interest rate rise, that will hit home owners and businesses, is a consequence of the government's failure to get a grip on electricity prices and the property market, particularly in Auckland."The Green Party...
    Greens | 23-04
  • Rate rise not needed if Government was doing its job
    Today’s interest rate rise wouldn’t have been necessary if the Government had been doing its job properly and targeting the sources of inflation, Labour says. “New Zealand interest rates are among the highest in the world, putting more and more...
    Labour | 23-04
  • Real independence needed in food safety
    The Green Party are calling for a truly independent body to regulate our food safety.Food safety Minister Nikki Kaye has announced the establishment of a Food Safety and Assurance Advisory Council as part of the Government's response to last year's...
    Greens | 23-04
  • Another report won’t help the East Coast
    The Government has a critical role to play in regional development on the East Coast says Gisborne-based Labour MP Moana Mackey “The release of the East Coast Regional Economic Potential Study highlights a number of areas of strength and weakness...
    Labour | 23-04
  • Another interest rate hike will punish mortgage holders
    Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei says another interest rate hike on Thursday will cost home owners an extra $25 a month on a $250,000 mortgage, on top of the $25 dollars a month from the previous rates rise, and she...
    Greens | 23-04
  • Green Party launches Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill
    The Green Party has today launched the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill, New Zealand's first ever Bill crowdsourced by a political party.Members of the public will be invited to shape the proposed law, which will protect ten basic rights and...
    Greens | 23-04
  • Sanil Kumar has to leave New Zealand tomorrow
    The Associate Minister of Immigration Nikki Kaye’s decision not to intervene means kidney transplant patient Sanil Kumar must leave New Zealand by tomorrow, says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Rajen Prasad. “Kumar, a plumber and sheet metal worker, was on a work visa...
    Labour | 22-04
  • Time to do the right thing for our veterans
    A Labour government will adopt the Law Commission’s recommendation to ensure all war veterans are eligible for a Veteran’s Pension, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “Veterans are only eligible for the pension if they are considered ‘significantly’ disabled, or more...
    Labour | 22-04
  • Public servant is owed an apology
    Nigel Fyfe is owed an apology from the State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie and Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully, says Labour's State Services spokesperson, Maryan Street. “The former MFAT official has now been restored to a position in the Ministry...
    Labour | 22-04
  • Laws for enforcing not trading off
    The idea that a Government department can give a nod and a wink to traders that it won’t enforce shop trading laws and for a Government MP to then claim it as grounds for a review of the law is...
    Labour | 21-04
  • Kiwis still paying too much for ACC
    Kiwis are still paying too much for ACC so that the National Government can balance its books, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “ACC Minister Judith Collins told Cabinet levies were too high but ACC’s proposed cuts would impact the...
    Labour | 21-04
  • Collins’ memory recovery raises further concerns
    Judith Collins sudden memory of briefing the New Zealand Ambassador to China about her dinner with a Chinese border official and her husband's fellow Oravida directors raises further concerns about exactly what was discussed, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. "This...
    Labour | 21-04
  • MP to attend progressive politics conference
    Labour MP Grant Robertson will attend the Progressive Governance conference in Amsterdam later this week. “This conference brings together Social Democratic parties from around the world to discuss how progressive politics should work in the post global financial crisis environment....
    Labour | 20-04
  • Storm fans fire service commitment
    Further damage from the huge storm that battered the West Coast was prevented by the great work of our volunteer Fire Service and locals will be extremely grateful, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “Our region has been...
    Labour | 19-04
  • Time for Ryall to fix mistakes and help families
    Families who won a long and lengthy Court battle for financial help to support their disabled daughters and sons are now facing a new battle with health system bureaucracy and need the Health Minister's help, Labour's Disability Issues spokesperson Ruth...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Time for greater ministerial accountability
    The Green Party has today released a proposal to introduce a ministerial disclosure regime in New Zealand to improve the transparency and accountability of government.The proposal, based on the system used in the United Kingdom since 2010, would require all...
    Greens | 18-04
  • Power prices soar on the eve of winter
    On the eve of winter as New Zealanders are turning on their heaters, power prices have soared sky high, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Energy Minster Simon Bridges claimed in Parliament that prices were estimated to rise 2.4 per...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Workers can kiss goodbye to Easter Sunday off
    The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. “The Labour Minister...
    Labour | 18-04
  • Businesses need to respect workers this Easter
    Businesses intent on flouting Easter shopping laws should face stiff penalties, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today. This Easter, at least one major garden centre chain intends to open on Good Friday despite this being in breach...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Time to deliver on 26 weeks Paid Parental Leave
    Today marks two years since Labour MP Sue Moroney's Bill extending paid parental leave to 26 weeks was drawn from the members' ballot. “It’s time the Government acted in the interests of families,” Sue Moroney says. “National has tried every...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Taxpayers robbed of $130m in Genesis sale
    Kiwi taxpayers have been robbed of $130 million by the Government in its final failed asset sale, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “National set the price for Genesis far too low in a desperate attempt to beef up demand....
    Labour | 17-04
  • Work visa problems need monitoring
    The Government is handing out temporary work visas to migrants to work in jobs that could easily be filled by unemployed Kiwi workers in the Christchurch rebuild, says Darien Fenton, Labour’s Associate Immigration spokesperson. “In the past 12 months, temporary...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Resignation rates among cops soar
    The number of frontline officers quitting the police force is at a four-year high, with more than 350 walking off the job in the past year, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Since 2009 resignation rates among sworn staff have...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Service for victims of sexual violence pushed out in cold
    The Green Party is calling on Housing New Zealand to revisit its decision to evict an essential community organisation in Christchurch with only eight weeks notice.Yesterday at the Select Committee inquiry into funding for sexual violence support services the organisation...
    Greens | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Auckland Council has implemented a by-law banning the use of psychoactive...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine,...
    Labour | 17-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Before his departure, John Key said he would wait until all...
    Labour | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today.The report tabled in Parliament yesterday shows that total use of ozone depleting gases in New Zealand has...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.  ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
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    Labour | 16-04
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