web analytics
The Standard

Nat Civil War: Key backs Boag over Collins

Written By: - Date published: 11:35 am, April 2nd, 2012 - 54 comments
Categories: john key, Judith Collins, kremlinology - Tags: , , , ,

John Key gave one of his least sure and most defensive interviews in five years on Q+A on the weekend. His goal was clearly to protect his personal brand and close the issue down. He failed. He failed because he refused to criticise Pullar and Boag, and refused to back Collins’ law suits. That puts him at odds with the Collins faction and onside with Boag’s, which shouldn’t be surprising – remember who threw poor old Brian Neeson under a bus so that Key could have a safe seat making him one of only 3 new National MPs in 2002.

Key repeatedly tried to distance himself by saying that the matters raised were for other people. I’ve never known Key to not stick his nose into business that wasn’t his before, so his reticence when it came to a dispute involving senior member of his own party was telling.

Of particular note was his refusal to give any opinion whatsoever on the legal validity of Collins’ law suits and whether they should be paid for by the taxpayer – despite the Cabinet manual requiring that she first discuss the matter with him before it goes to Cabinet. At the very least, Key must see what a political loser it would be for the public to foot Collins’ bill. But all he would say was that Collins was within her rights to sue if she felt defamed. Giving her a long enough rope, perhaps?

Secondly, Key refused to criticise Pullar and Boag in any way. These women gave the biggest leak in ACC history to the Dompost and the matter has been referred to the Police. You would think that might warrant some Prime Ministerial critique, even in couched terms, but no. Key tried to deny any responsibility for what these senior members of his party were up to.

Having just said that, Key then went into bat for Pullar using the demented logic that, as Pullar isn’t completely satisfied with her ACC and private insurance payouts, she clearly hasn’t benefited from any kind of undue influence. Key used this same logic in regard to Nick Smith’s resignation. It’s a bit like saying ‘it’s only insider trading if you end up rich’.

Clearly, any cronyism and corruption is wrong regardless of whether Pullar is actually better off because of it. Moreover, we can’t say whether Pullar is better of or not because of National’s cronyism and corruption than she would have been, all we know is she wants more.

Collins’ faction member, Fran O’Sullivan, who used last weekend’s column for another round of attacks on Boag was on the Panel. She got stuck into Key. She said that Key looked ill at ease. She said that the independent inquiry that Key has refused to launch is necessary. She pointed out that the very length of Pullar’s dispute and the seniority of the people at ACC she was being enabled to take it to were evidence that her powerful friends were helping her. Whereas Key had been very quick to laugh at the suggestion that the underlying story here is about the Joyce and Collins factions vying for the post-Key leadership, O’Sullivan agreed with Mike Williams when he said “this is the factions maneuvering”.

To think that this issue will just close down is wishful thinking on Key’s part. The factions have made their plays now. Whichever one quits first loses (Slater is already trying to proclaim victory for the Collins faction over the Boag faction but it’s the Joyce faction the Collins faction is really worried about). The leaks will keep coming.

54 comments on “Nat Civil War: Key backs Boag over Collins”

  1. tsmithfield 1

    Hmmm, James. Quite a lot of speculation there built on a very flimsy factual foundation.

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 1.1

      … a lot of speculation there built on a very flimsy factual foundation.

      Sounds like National Party economic policy

      • aerobubble 1.1.1

        Key is a dodo, ever since he and English took the deposit guarentee scheme and turned into a billion dollar black hole, then rushed to increase taxes on everyone and low taxes on the wealthiest, and to cap if off selling assets at the bottom on the a market when the world is awash with printed money.

        Sorry but whoever wants the leadership of National is likely to be feeling its time to crash brand Key.

      • yeshe 1.1.2

        thank you …. just wonderful. ( oops .. not to aerobubble but KTH above !)

    • aerobubble 1.2

      Throw the book at Ambrose! Police have time on their hands!

      Sorry, Key has little integrity in my opinion given that he has no problem with using his power against the little guy. And then implying Police should find time, I mean, who holds the purse strings on the police budget.

      Key branding is a wash out.

    • bbfloyd 1.3

      surprised you have a problem with spouting assumption based on your own “unsubstantiated” opinions ts……that is your favorite debating method after all……

      there is a tad more factual connections to your own stabs in the dark, so it still has more validity than the outdated tory song sheet you use as your intellectual basis….

    • felix 1.4

      “Quite a lot of speculation there built on a very flimsy factual foundation.”

      This from the commenter who regularly starts his comments with “If we assume something that I just made up…”

  2. Actually, Key did look ill at ease… http://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/2012/04/01/key-on-qa-verdict/

    I think he’s realised that the media honeymoon is long gone, and from now on it’s all down hill.

    Enjoy, Dear Leader. The fun is just beginning.

    • aerobubble 2.1

      The world is waking up to the participatory part of Democracy, decades of activity have allowed governments to get sloppy, ease into bad decisions because the tide was high and it did not matter how naked you were, everyone was cheering. Now we are finding that where citizens feel unmet by government they will not just become apathetic consumers, they don’t have money. Instead they will engage in activities that will increase their security, provide them income… …even if criminal. As we are now hearing is happening in the US, either you engage the population in the society, or you create gangs who will. NZ has had a gang culture because its elites have long found it easier to slip bad legislation that aid thems and harms the population as a whole. Unfortunately for the NZ elite such laziness is no longer marketable, think ACT, or SST, or Hollowmen, Teapot and now ACCgate. All framing is distract worked when the tide was high.

      • The Baron 2.1.1

        What? People join the mongrel mob because Key had a bad interview on Q&A? Or was it the tides?

        So LOL-ful. Thanks for cleaning the looking-glass for us there aerobubble, your argument makes perfect sense.

        • aerobubble 2.1.1.1

          Neo-liberal pollution means more gangs. “Let them eat cake” provoke the French to form gangs and revolt against the Monarchy. Key currently represents the face of stupid socio-economic policies.

    • mikesh 2.2

      “Fun” doesn’t seem the appropriate word.

  3. Kaplan 3

    Wow TS. That’s harsh, but true, critique of the Key’s response to this, and most things. Good to see you onside with this one.

  4. infused 4

    “These women gave the biggest leak in ACC history to the Dompost and the matter has been referred to the Police”

    Where is the evidence of this? Did I miss something?

    “Having just said that, Key then went into bat for Pullar using the demented logic that, as Pullar isn’t completely satisfied with her ACC and private insurance payouts,”

    What’s the problem with that?

    This entire post is speculation.

    • aerobubble 4.1

      The problem is Puller kept badgering the National party top brash over the issue for years and years, and precisely because they did not tell her No suggests a culture of influence is accommodated.

      As for the leak, exactly how hard is it to trace a email coming out of the government, you’d have to wonder what the security of government is if they first allow documents like that to get out, but also have no management of tracking when needed.

      Of course there is a lot of speculation, there’s a lot of heat and smoke, and that means there’s a fire some place in Key’s Administration.

      • infused 4.1.1

        Problem is, he is claiming it as truth “These women gave the biggest leak in ACC history to the Dompost”

    • Key, Pullar and Boag have made it clear Key did not in any way go in to bat for Pullar.

      This entire post is speculation.

      Some of it is. Some of it is more questionable than that.

      • logie97 4.2.1

        PG. I have read many comments of yours recently and they all seem to be more and more defending the position of this government on every issue. Has UF surrendered any independent voice now, or are you making a play for the National Party candidacy in the next election … just wondering.

  5. bad12 5

    Our view is that Key cannot be seen to publicly back any of the various factions fighting within the National Party, His whole thrust thus far has been to try and turn the focus off of the politicians and onto Pullar while attempting to have the factional infighting removed from the public gaze behind closed doors,

    The media Monkeys still enamoured of the Slippery leaders brand such as Prime,s Barry Soper are dropping rumour into what is supposed factual news in an effort to have the focus of the ACC debacle dumbed down to something the ”masses” can choke on over their smoko with Soper spreading the rumour that the payout from the private insurer to Pullar was far above the reported 1 million and may have been,(gasp,shock horror),as much as 3 million as if We give a big fat you know what how much Pullar was paid by that private insurer,

    Of course Slippery is ill at ease,despite the ”good news week” slant to the release of TV1,s latest ”poll” result showing National in a healthy position in the ”presidential style” political race given all importance in some quarters Slippery has dropped 4% of His support as Prime Minister,so He knows that as ”leader” He has peaked and started the ugly inexorable slide,

    Whats also got Slippery looking a spot worried(and sweeping His office,snigger),is that in some quarters the belief is that it was from Slippery,s office whence the leak of the Boag email to Collins was leaked and He knows that should one or other of the various factions openly,(in desperation),allege publicly that His office was the source of the leak then from now until He is voted out,(or resigns),He will be wearing a large bulls-eye as attire in the corridors of power…

  6. Cleo 6

    I think its more like saying that ‘it’s only insider trading if you think and feel you have ended up rich’

    She has received a lot of money which for many people would make them rich, however she doesnt think so.

  7. bad12 7

    What we do know is that within some sections of the Tory empire building community there are those who offer their services to aspiring National party candidates to have them win nomination for a particular electoral seat,for money of course what else could we expect from the Party of Naked Self Interest,

    Now We stopped having a belief in fairy tales where they all live happily ever after about the time that Sir(spit)Roger Douglas became a Minister of Finance so We sure as hell dont believe the oft repeated fairy tale that Boag has spent years and political capital by the bucket-load being the helper to Pullar simply on the basis of friendship,

    Call Us cynical if you must,but, the question must be asked of Boag ”has she received any form of recompense for her ”friendly” help offered to Pullar through-out her injury claims both to the private insurer and ACC,

    Influence peddling for cash is rife in soime supposed democracy,s in other far away exotic parts of our world,to blindly believe that it wont or hasnt happened in our wee neck of the woods would in fact only act as an encouragement for it to happen…

  8. Rupert 8

    “remember who threw poor old Brian Neeson under a bus so that Key could have a safe seat making him one of only 3 new National MPs in 2002.”

    Regardless of who replaced him, Parliament is a much better place without the likes of Neeson there. I just wish Auckland local body politics could be rid of him. And his wife for that matter.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 8.1

      I dont know about ‘under the bus’, the more apt comment would be they ‘held the doors of the bus open’ so the appointed outsiders could find the venue and vote after the time for voting had elapsed

  9. Fran O’sullivan is normally a ‘Pro Key’ person,so whats the change in the thinking?
    I also noticed that Key when pushed about whether he would see out the term,he
    laughed,but that laugh is not convincing as many people laugh in the face of being
    found to be holding the real truth close to their chests,a sort of scoff,if you like.
    It was put out in the media before the last election that key might not see out the
    present term.
    When he looks ahead at the many mountains he will have to climb,maybe he
    will opt for the serentiy of a calm,quiet,relaxing valley in hawaii,who wants
    the agro when you dont have to have it.
    This is more than likely what ‘insiders’ know and are battling for positions.
    For key to refuse a full enquiry into acc is fool hardy and negligent as a PM
    because there is many reasons to have one and tax payers should demand
    one.
    ACC will never have any credibility again unless there is one.

    • felix 9.1

      Dunno about Fran being “Pro Key”.

      As one of those who wants National to pick up the revolution where Richardson left off, she’s been pretty critical of him from a right-wing perspective ever since he was elected for not doing enough in that direction.

  10. Pascal's bookie 10

    Mallard has posted an apology on Red Alert:

    http://blog.labour.org.nz/2012/04/02/apology-to-minister/

    • deuto 10.1

      Well, well, well……………

      The suggestions regarding Lusk’s ambitions to head the National Party in the quoted email in Mallard’s post could possibly tie in with the post on WO today (Pretentious Tosser) attacking Peter Goodfellow.

    • Kotahi Tane Huna 10.2

      lol Mallard’s enjoying himself :)

      • Pascal's bookie 10.2.1

        Indeed, that post is, I assume, a direct repsonse to Collins saying that taxpayers won’t have to foot the bill for her case if them she accused, apologise

        Which was yet another stupid move on her part.

  11. bad12 11

    Of course lets not forget what can only be seen as abhorent behaviour from Crusher Collins as the new ACC Minister,to first give an impression that the details of the Boag email were only shared by Her with the heads of ACC thus by implication insinuating that the leak of the Boag email to Her ”must” have come from within ACC and then as Minister refusing publicly to express confidence in the head of ACC could be seen by some as a deep ”character flaw” from a Minister of the Crown,

    Some tho might just consider such to be the inevitability of the politiical process whereby such a scandal can only be met by the devolution of resposibility down to the lowest common denominator,in other words put those considered most expendable in the direct line of fire,

    Hence the attempts by the 9th floor and various acolytes to drag both Pullar and ACC into the frame as far as the leak of the Boag email to Collins goes,the perception being that behind the smug smiles and denials full knowledge of just who leaked that particular email is being concealed…

  12. tracey 12

    Key needs his knighthood before a change of govt in case the next govt cans them (as they should). My guess is a press conference where he will back colins or collins will call the pc and say how important her reputation is but she cant in good conscience put this on the tax payerduring hard times, so she will not pursue what she knows is a strong case.and she will conveniently not spend her own money on an action either

  13. tsmithfield 13

    After reviewing replies to my opening comment, it looks like no-one really disagrees with me. Rather they have tended to attack me rather than respond to the post.

    Applying the sort of speculative logic James uses in parts of his article, should I assume that this lack of rebuttal means that even lefties here agree with me?

    • Pascal's bookie 13.1

      Of course there’s speculation in the post ts.

      Do you want a biscuit, or is there some profound point you going to reveal…

  14. tsmithfield 14

    I realise there is speculation. But that was not the complete point I was making which was:
    “Quite a lot of speculation there built on a very flimsy factual foundation.

    The problem with a flimsy factual foundation for speculation is that if something factual relied on in the speculation turns out to be slightly askew, then the whole theory can collapse like a house of cards. The more robust the factual foundation, the more robust any speculation based on the facts.

    In the article above, James refers to the “civil war” within National as if it was fact. Yet I suspect that if we drilled down, we would find the “civil war” meme was itself based mainly on speculation. Some of these types of article can be very much like this where speculative theories are built on speculative theories until the facts that actually support them are almost forgotten.

    Using what was not said as a basis for speculation is dangerous because what was not said is an absence of evidence rather than evidence itself. So, this type of speculation has no foundation on evidence at all. Drawing speculation on actual comments is fine as far as it goes. Except, there are probably as many speculative theories that could be drawn on this as there are points of view.

    So, I am not against speculation. Just speculation that is based on fairly flimsy evidence shouldn’t be lapped up as if it were more solid than what it actually is.

    • Pascal's bookie 14.1

      A lot of flimsy factual foundation in your speculating there ts.

      I know you swim in that shit, so it can be hard to recognise for you sometimes.

      But I’m glad that you’ve at least recognised some of the concepts, after lo, these many years.

      Your time here has not been a complete waste of everyone’s time then.

  15. tsmithfield 15

    And here we have it: Collins is to fund her own defamation proceedings.

    So, if James is to be believed, Key has now ensconced himself firmly in the Boag/Fuller camp. Or maybe, Key perceives it to be politically unsustainable for tax-payers to be asked to fund a what is perceived as a spat between politicians. (in case the Herald poll disappears, 81% of respondents think Collins should fund the action herself).

    Notice, that the latter speculation is based on a poll that probably replicates sentiments picked up by National’s own research, and doesn’t require lots of abstract theories to justify it. Occams razor would tend to favour the latter theory IMO.

  16. Bored 16

    Rule number one….
    One: Qui bono (aka follow the money……)

    Quick question…does Boagie perchance get the cash for Nats from ACT types and dispense it?

  17. felix 17

    I see tv3 have figured out, two days after posting the video, that Boag is no longer the Pres of the Nats.

    Funny she didn’t correct them, eh?

  18. Te Reo Putake 18

    Heard Key on National Radio. Said, amongst the waffle, that the claims from Mallard and Little about Collins were ‘not backed up with evidence’. There’s a short delay, then he continues the sentence to say ‘and not true’.

    You don’t have to be a fan of CSI or Lie to Me to spot that Key got that the wrong way round if he genuinely thought Collins was innocent.

  19. Jackal 19

    Crusher’s defamation sideshow

    The cabinet ministers meeting would have taken into account public opinion, which is resoundingly against the taxpayer funding the defamation side show…

  20. Anita 20

    James,

    It sounds an awful lot like you’re criticising – or even attacking – Pullar. Although I’m not quite sure what for, is it:

    1) For receiving a massive privacy breach?
    2) For going to the media to raise the issue of privacy breach by ACC?
    3) Receiving ACC and insurance compensation for her injury?
    4) Feeling her injuries have not been adequately compensated?
    5) Being treated badly by ACC?
    6) Doing her best to get the compensation she feels she should have, and stop ACC’s mistreated of her?

    Somehow it sounds like you’re tipping over into victim-blaming, usually a National trick.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Access to qualifications slashed
    The National Government has declared war on the next generation with a plan to axe two- thirds of New Zealand’s qualifications, Labour Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe says. In answer to Labour’s written Parliamentary question, Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce… ...
    15 mins ago
  • Two sides of super minister: Dr Joyce and Mr Hide
    Steven Joyce’s wild fluctuations between obsessive micro-manager and arms-length delegator is creating chaos in his personal MoBIE empire, with him waving outrageous spending through but scrutinising reports for colour palette, format orientation and language, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark… ...
    20 hours ago
  • Labour argues for a clear Paris climate plan
    Setting climate change targets alone is not enough, New Zealand will have to have a clear plan on how to achieve these targets, says Labour’s Climate Change Spokesperson Megan Woods in the party’s submission to the next world conference.  “The… ...
    20 hours ago
  • Underfunding schools sells our kids short
    Student learning will suffer and parents will be asked to fork out even more for their children’s education because of National’s underfunding of education in this year’s Budget, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “A survey of principals found cash-strapped… ...
    23 hours ago
  • Frontline police numbers in freefall
    The number of constables on the beat has fallen over the past six years in all but one of the country’s 12 police districts, says Labour’s police spokesperson Kelvin Davis.  “The number of general duties constables now stands at 2593 this… ...
    23 hours ago
  • Paying for Justice: Part two of five on the ‘justice gap’ crisis
    Yesterday, I wrote about the ‘justice gap’ – the inevitable consequence of a ‘user pays’ justice system that abandons those people most vulnerable to exploitation. The most obvious symptom of this is the rising number of self-represented litigants: take the… ...
    GreensBy David Clendon MP
    23 hours ago
  • National should let its MPs support life-saving Bill
    National MPs should be allowed to support a Labour Member’s Bill to immediately adopt international best practice mining safety standards to avert another tragedy like Pike River. Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman, and the Bill’s sponsor, Damien O’Connor says his… ...
    23 hours ago
  • More proof that National Standards a failed experiment
    New reports from the Ministry of Education further highlight what parents and teachers have known for ages – the National Standards data being touted by the Government isn’t worth the paper it is written on, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins… ...
    1 day ago
  • Secrecy surrounds social experiment
    The secrecy surrounding the Government’s plans to let private funders invest in mental health services only increases suspicions that the proposal has been ill-thought through, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette Kings says. “The process with which New Zealanders have learned the… ...
    2 days ago
  • Observing the Gap: A five part blog on our ‘justice gap’ crisis
    Amy Adams recently told the legal profession that the National government respected the rule of law. It always would. Anyone who thought the rule of law was in danger of being compromised was a ‘scaremonger’. The subtext was clear: Trust… ...
    GreensBy David Clendon MP
    2 days ago
  • Asset sales fund runs out: Nats forced to borrow
    Bill English has been forced to admit the asset sales fund has run dry and the Government will have to borrow to build the schools and hospitals they promised would come from the sales proceeds, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant… ...
    2 days ago
  • Millions going on mental health experiment
    The Government is using some of the most vulnerable Kiwis as guinea pigs against official advice and in the absence of international evidence that its ‘experiment’ will achieve the desired results, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “A multi-million mental… ...
    4 days ago
  • Steven Joyce takes the scalpel to medical students
    This November access to the Student Loan scheme will be cut off at seven years seriously harming medical students. Studying to become a doctor takes years of hard work, dedication and intense study and it’s a blunt tool and… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
    6 days ago
  • Tolley must assure safety of vulnerable clients
    Social Development Minister Anne Tolley must guarantee the safety of Relationships Aotearoa’s thousands of Māori clients – some of whom are very vulnerable – following the closure of the nationwide counselling service, Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. Relationships… ...
    6 days ago
  • ANZ has moral obligation to fully compensate farmers
      The ANZ Bank has a moral obligation to fully compensate farmers after the High Court today declared it breached the Fair Trading Act by misleadingly representing interest rate swap loans, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. The Commerce… ...
    7 days ago
  • Fairfax can’t use restructure to cut terms and conditions
    The restructure and upheavals at Fairfax should not be used as an opportunity to cut journalists’ terms and conditions, Labour spokesperson for Labour Issues Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Businesses have to adapt to new technologies and consumer demands and there is… ...
    7 days ago
  • McCully excuses unravel in Saudi sheep scandal
    Murray McCully has misled New Zealanders, Parliament and his Cabinet colleagues on the real reasons for paying millions of dollars in the Saudi sheep scandal – it’s time for him to clean, says Labour’s Export Growth and Trade spokesperson David… ...
    7 days ago
  • Nats break health and education spending promises
    National has outstanding promises of almost $1 billion to be spent on health, education and agriculture from the Future Investment Fund but has only $536 million left in the fund, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “John Key and Bill… ...
    7 days ago
  • Manurewa youth leaders acknowledged
    The depth and breadth of leadership of youth throughout Manurewa, which has been recognized at the Youth Week Award ceremony held at Parliament this week, should make the community extremely proud, Manurewa Labour MP Louisa Wall says. “The 'Limitless Youth… ...
    7 days ago
  • Oi Auckland Transport: fare’s fair
    Auckland Transport should go back to the drawing board on its proposal to charge commuters for its park-and-rides, Labour’s Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “When we need to be getting people out of their cars and onto public transport, it’s… ...
    7 days ago
  • Is Nick Smith making it up as he goes along?
      Housing Minister Nick Smith must release the list of Crown land parcels which formed the basis of the Government’s Budget announcement, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “If the public is to have any faith the Government is not just… ...
    7 days ago
  • Norway moves first to dump coal investments
    The Green Party today called on the Government to secure cross-party support to sell its investments in coal mining companies.The Norwegian Parliament's finance committee agreed in a bipartisan motion yesterday to instruct the $1.2 trillion Government Pension Fund to sell… ...
    GreensBy Russel Norman MP
    1 week ago
  • Fonterra payout $13b black hole over 2 years
    Fonterra’s dramatic cut to its forecast farmgate payout over this season and next will lead to a $13 billion black hole over two years, and shows the need for a plan to diversify the economy, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant… ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour calls for select ctte inquiry into Rural Broadband Initiative
    Labour is calling for an immediate inquiry into the flailing $300 million rural broadband initiative, before companies and consumers are forced to pick up the tab for the new $150 million broadband tax, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran. “Rural… ...
    1 week ago
  • Public broadcasting takes big hit under National Government
    Public broadcasting funding has been cut by 25 per cent in real terms since the National Government took office in 2009, leading to the erosion of our once world-class news and current affairs culture, says Labour Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran. … ...
    1 week ago
  • Hospital food plan hits another snag
    The Government has been left with egg on its face with Hawke’s Bay District Health Board today giving a plan to outsource hospital food services the thumbs down, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Doing away with local kitchens by… ...
    1 week ago
  • Hospital food plan hits another sang
    The Government has been left with egg on its face with Hawke’s Bay District Health Board today giving a plan to outsource hospital food services the thumbs down, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Doing away with local kitchens by… ...
    1 week ago
  • Wilkinson appointment wrong in principle
    The appointment of former Conservation Minister Hon Kate Wilkinson as an Environment Commissioner is wrong in principle, says Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker. “The doctrine of separation of powers requires judicial processes to remain separate and independent from the legislature… ...
    1 week ago
  • McCully doesn’t deny bribe in Saudi sheep scandal
    “In Parliament today I asked Murray McCully directly: Why is he the first Minister in history to back a multi-million dollar facilitation arrangement which in other jurisdictions is called a bribe? says Labour’s Export Growth and Trade spokesperson David Parker.… ...
    1 week ago
  • National must back our future doctors
    National must support our future doctors and agree to the calls from the Medical Students’ Association and the Young Nats to lift the arbitrary 7 year cap on student loans for medical and dental students, Labour’s Tertiary Education Spokesperson David… ...
    1 week ago
  • Taxpayer the loser after Government folds
    Steven Joyce today admitted the main exhibition hall at the New Zealand International Convention Centre is 19 per cent smaller than what was described at the time other bidders were edged out of the process, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David… ...
    1 week ago
  • Govt’s lack of ambition for women
    Yesterday, the Government put out a media release entitled “Number of women leaders continues to grow”. It was to inform us that the percentage of women on state-appointed boards has increased to 41.7%, up from 41.1% in 2013. Well, woo-hoo… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • Auditor-General exposes Key’s scapegoating of Council
    The National Government's blaming of Auckland Council for the city’s housing crisis has been exposed as scapegoating in the Office of the Auditor-General’s latest report, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “The Auditor-General says Auckland Council’s part in fixing the… ...
    1 week ago
  • Reform – not money – needed for meat sector
    The National Government continues to throw good money after bad at the meat industry instead of addressing the fundamental problem of its dysfunctional structure, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The latest Primary Growth Partnership grant to the venison… ...
    1 week ago
  • Government cuts corners on school bus funding
    The safety of children – not cost cutting – should be the main objective behind the Government’s funding of school buses, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Buried in the detail of this year’s Budget are $19 million of funding… ...
    1 week ago
  • Women the losers under National’s cuts
    National’s poor performance in appointing women to state sector boards is set to get worse with funding cuts to the nomination service provided by the Ministry for Women, Labour’s Woman’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “Minister for Women Louise Upston… ...
    1 week ago
  • Help sought by agencies now asked to help
    The organisation Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has tasked with setting up an emergency hotline for stranded Relationships Aotearoa clients has just lost a bid for a government contract to launch a new national helpline, Labour’s Acting Social Development spokesperson… ...
    1 week ago
  • Wellington got loud again on climate
    On Monday night, in Wellington, I attended the last of the Government’s climate target consultation meetings. It was quite well attended with maybe 150 people, not bad for a second meeting with very little notice and, as far as I… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • Final nail in coffin for Solid Energy workers
    Today’s confirmation of job losses at Solid Energy’s Stockton and Spring Creek mines shows the urgent need for new economic opportunities on the West Coast, Labour’s MP for West Coast-Tasman Damien O’Connor says. “Our economy can no longer rely on… ...
    1 week ago
  • Ramadi proves Iraq deployment high risk, low benefit
    The fall of Ramadi and the collapse of the Iraqi Army proves Labour was right to be concerned about the deployment of our troops to Iraq, Labour’s Defence spokesperson Phil Goff says. “The fall of Ramadi brings IS fighters within… ...
    1 week ago
  • English admits new taxes on the cards
    Eight months after pledging “no new taxes” at the election Bill English today admitted he would bring in more sneaky taxes along the lines of the border tax, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Not only did National bring in… ...
    1 week ago
  • What the Dickens is going on at SDHB?
    Problems at the financially-strapped Southern District Health Board appear to stretch to its HR department with information obtained by Labour showing it still records staff leave entitlements using manual book-keeping methods. “The Board’s draft 10-year plan document forecasts a cumulative… ...
    1 week ago
  • Teachers turn backs on new professional body
      The fact that just 56 per cent of nominations for the Education Council came from registered teachers shows the profession has turned its back on Hekia Parata’s new professional body, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Answers to written… ...
    1 week ago
  • No spade work done on big building plan
      Only a quarter of the 500 hectares of Crown land the Government wants to use for new homes is understood to be suitable for building on, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “This was National’s bold new idea to… ...
    1 week ago
  • National: Seven KiwiSaver cuts in seven years
    National’s campaign of KiwiSaver cuts has reached seven in seven years as it dismantles KiwiSaver block by block, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “KiwiSaver is critical to establishing a savings culture in New Zealand but National has taken a jenga-style… ...
    1 week ago
  • Tolley’s actions contradict reassurances
    Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has serious questions to answer following the forced closure of Relationships Aotearoa just days after her reassurances she was looking at ways to keep the service operating, Labour’s Acting Social Development spokesperson Annette King says.… ...
    1 week ago
  • SkyCity downsize another broken promise
    The downsized SkyCity Convention Centre does not deliver on the promised iconic world-class centre and shows the true extent of Steven Joyce’s incompetence, Labour Leader Andrew Little said today. “New Zealanders were promised an iconic world-class convention centre that would… ...
    1 week ago
  • Te Arawa partnership model a step closer
    Councils around New Zealand have an opportunity to improve their consultation with Iwi Māori by following Rotorua District Council’s Te Arawa Partnership Model, Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. “The Rotorua District Council will today decide whether to adopt… ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour mourns Dame Dorothy Fraser
    Labour Leader Andrew Little said the party is today mourning the loss of the youngest person to join the Labour Party, Dame Dorothy Fraser, who went on to be a stalwart of the Dunedin community and tireless worker for others.… ...
    1 week ago
  • The ultimate scapegoat: PM blames fruit fly for new tax
    The Prime Minister has found the ultimate scapegoat for breaking his promise not to introduce a new tax – the Queensland fruit fly, Labour’s Biosecurity spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “John Key’s first policy upon taking office and assigning himself the… ...
    1 week ago

Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere