Govt bans perks, but not for themselves

Written By: - Date published: 12:59 pm, June 3rd, 2011 - 28 comments
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Just after we discover that National ministers and staffers have been accepting gifts from a bank wanting the government’s business and John Key says ministers shouldn’t take ‘too many’ Rugby World Cup freebies, we learn that civil servants are sternly banned from accepting any gifts. Do as I say, not as I do, eh?

State Services Commissioner Ian Rennie has explicitly stated civil servants are not to take World Cup freebies, saying: “They will be of considerable monetary value, scarcity, and prestige” and “acceptance would risk compromising perceptions of public service impartiality”

Hmm. Those seem like bloody good reasons why ministers shouldn’t be taking gifts from corporates either.

As I/S notes:

“Public servants are not allowed to accept such hospitality, precisely because it looks bad and creates a perception of corruption and conflict. Attendance at corporate events must be strictly for business reasons, and departments should meet attendance costs. MPs and Ministers impose these rules on public servants for good reasons. But it is absolutely hypocritical if they do not also apply the same thinking to themselves.”

I’ll also just note, by the by, that the government has also just passed special tax breaks for rugby players in relation to the cup and intends to spend $12 million hosting VIPs.

Double standards galore.

28 comments on “Govt bans perks, but not for themselves”

  1. queenstfarmer 1

    the government has also just passed special tax breaks for rugby players in relation to the cup

    RWC tax breaks were put in place by Labour.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 1.1

      Then why was the legislation just passed ?

      • McFlock 1.1.1

        Because Key’s moved so fast that the rest of reality is only just beginning to catch up?

      • queenstfarmer 1.1.2

        What legislation are you referring to?

        • McFlock 1.1.2.1

          Idiot. Read the article. The budget.
           
          Plus some regulation “clarification” by the IRD.
           

          • queenstfarmer 1.1.2.1.1

            Clarification, yes. I don’t know what the legislation “just passed” being referred to is (hence my question), but RWC tax breaks were enacted by Labour. It’s not unusual, nor a bad thing. Also, the tax breaks are not likely to have much effect for non-individuals because most of the companies are expected to lose truckloads of money (subsidised by us lucky taxpayers and ratepayers).

            • McFlock 1.1.2.1.1.1

              If you had given the link where it says “the government has also just passed special tax breaks” even a cursory glance, rather than just blaming Labour, you would have known what you were talking about.

              Or are you so constitutionally illiterate that you didn’t know the budget was read out in the House as part of the legislative process? This budget just recently passed?
               

              • queenstfarmer

                I did read that, but it doesn’t mention any legislation being passed (per the question I was responding to). It could be in some budget-related legislation, or it could be IRD guidance regarding existing / pending guidelines.

                And I wasn’t “blaming Labour”. Just pointing out that Labour implemented RWC tax breaks when they were last in Govt.

                • Colonial Viper

                  NATs are in charge of the shenanigans now. Bill English said so in the Budget re: tax breaks for rugby bodies.

                  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10726772

                • McFlock

                  Does it mention the budget? Yes.
                  Publication date? 20 may 5:30am.
                  Budget Date? 20 may, afternoon.

                  The budget is a law or collection of laws used to supply the government with funds to act for the coming year. 

                  You thought they read it out loud for hours at a time just for the fun of it? 

                  Learn the difference between legislation and regulation.

                  Oh, and as for the labour tax cuts – it’s very well doing that when you’re well set for the rainy day. But throwing tax cuts away when it’s pissing down (economically speaking) is just stupid. “Labour did it too” neglects that Labour did it with an eye on the circumstances, NACT just threw money away and pled poverty.

        • Lanthanide 1.1.2.2

          The one discussed in the article linked in the original post. I guess you didn’t bother reading it before commenting. You should try that next time, you’ll look like much less of a tool.

          • queenstfarmer 1.1.2.2.1

            I read the article (linked via “special tax breaks”). It doesn’t mention any legislation. Hence my question “What legislation are you referring to?” But you say you can seen it: will you answer my question then?

        • Blighty 1.1.2.3

          there was a taxation bill passed immediately after the budget (under urgency, and in extra sitting time) to give rugby these tax breaks.

          • queenstfarmer 1.1.2.3.1

            Right, thanks. So both NActMaoriUnited and Labour have given RWC tax breaks.

  2. joe bloggs 2

    yes it would be much cheaper to take these worthies down to the local KFC and buy them all a meal. I understand that Labour’s used that approach to good effect in the past in South Auckland.

    • Irascible 2.1

      It does not contribute anything to a debate to repeat a lie that was circulated by National campaign managers following the 2005 election.
      It merely demonstrates your lack of ethics and principles as well as lack of rational thought.

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    Looks like Key and English are on another hiding here for their cosy corporate money relationships. Do they work for the NZ public – hell no! This Government works for corporate shareholders and Boards of Directors.

  4. higherstandard 4

    Yes they are troughing piggies who deserve our contempt same as the last lot were and the next lot will be.

  5. JD 5

    A bad look but not as bad as Labour’s crusade against trusts when nearly every MP is the beneficiary of one.

    • Blighty 5.1

      the register of interests says just 16 Lab MPs have beneficial interests in trusts, most are Maori land trusts.

      Nice attempt at distraction though

  6. Wayne91 6

    Really Joe Blogs?? KFC

    Will be interesting to see if the promise of GST free fruit and vegies will have the same effect?

  7. HC 7

    Where is the self appointed perk buster? Ah, sorry, I forgot he busted himself!

  8. HC 8

    Well, maybe the same rule applies as for national infrastructure and roading projects: It may be of “national significance” or interest for our great “leaders” to attend rugby games???

  9. burt 10

    Eddie

    You are absolutely right, it’s a disgrace. The tax free bit really irks me. If it’s good enough for visiting professions why is it not good enough for local professionals. Ooops, sorry wrong blog:

    If it’s good enough for our professionals to be strangled by complicated compliance and penalty regimes with progressive taxation then why shouldn’t the visiting professionals endure that as well.

    Bet their not paying any ACC either… pffft!

    • Colonial Viper 10.1

      No need to go crying on behalf of our WRC stars burt, the NZRU supplies them with qualified accountants you ninkompoop.

      PS progressive taxation is an excellent thing, it means that those who already have enough for a comfortable lifestyle pay more as they can afford to pay more.

      In NZ the taxation system needs to be made far more progressive. The top 5% of income earners and asset holders are being let off very easy at this stage.

  10. I sent this out far and wide on 1 June 2011:

    (Apologise in advance for the length of this post – but think it contains valuable factual information
    which will help develop understanding in how to fight this form of potentially corrupt practice, by learning from Australian ‘best practice’ guidelines and legislative provisions?)

    ‘Key rejects Green’s complaints about corporate hospitality’ – no surprises there – given his track record over his previous undisclosed pecuniary interest in Tranz Rail.

    http://www.odt.co.nz/news/politics/163034/key-rejects-greens-complaints-about-corporate-hospitality

    “There is nothing wrong with ministers accepting hospitality from the Government’s banker Westpac, and it won’t have any bearing on the decision that will follow a competitive tender process for the contract, Prime Minister John Key says.”

    Well – no surprises there coming from John Key MP from Helensville, who not only failed to disclose his former pecuniary interest in Tranz Rail at a time it was an ‘item of business’ before the House, but then attempted to flush out commercially sensitive information from former Treasurer Michael Cullen the form of an OIA request, then made a complaint to the Ombudsman when this request was declined, on the advice of Treasury?

    New Zealand MPs do not have an enforceable ‘Code of Conduct’.

    New Zealand does not have a ‘Code of Conduct’ for the lobbying industry to deal with the relationship between current and former members of parliament and the lobbying industry.

    New Zealand does not have a ‘Register of Lobbyists’ so that ‘who is meeting the Minister’ is ‘transparent and can be subject to public scrutiny.

    New Zealand does not have any legislative provisions covering post-separation employment of ministers. (The ‘revolving door’ from public office to the private sector).

    Following, from ‘across the ditch’ are the Australian Public Sector ‘Values and Code of Conduct’ provisions covering ‘ Personal behaviour – Gifts and benefits’ , and the ‘Codes of Conduct’ covering Ministers and Members of Parliament.

    So – how come New Zealand is ‘perceived’ to be the ‘least corrupt country in the world’ (along with Denmark and Singapore), according to Transparency international’s 2010 ‘Corruption Perception Index’?

    http://www.apsc.gov.au/values/conductguidelines1.htm

    Last updated: 6 May 2009
    APS Values and Code of Conduct in practice
    Foreword

    Public servants exercise authority on behalf of the Australian Government and manage significant financial resources on its behalf. Their actions directly affect the lives of the public and the confidence that the public has in Government. The Australian public, quite rightly, demands high standards of behaviour and ethical conduct from the people entrusted with this responsibility.

    Behaving ethically is critical in the public sector. This guide assists APS employees to understand the practical application of the APS ethics framework—the Values and Code of Conduct—in both common and unusual circumstances. It also provides advice for agency heads in establishing policies and procedures that promote the APS Values and ensure compliance with the Code.

    The guide does not and cannot answer every question about official conduct and ethics. The principles identified will point to an answer in many cases, as will the more detailed discussion of many issues.

    The Ethics Advisory Service is available to help APS employees in making sound ethical choices. More information about the Service can be found at http://www.apsc.gov.au/ethics.

    Lynelle Briggs
    Australian Public Service Commissioner

    May 2009

    ____________________________________________________________

    http://www.apsc.gov.au/values/conductguidelines2.htm
    APS Values and Code of Conduct in practice
    Overview
    Australian Public Service Values1

    * The APS is apolitical, performing its functions in an impartial and professional manner.
    * The APS is a public service in which employment decisions are based on merit.
    * The APS provides a workplace that is free from discrimination and recognises and utilises the diversity of the Australian community it serves.
    * The APS has the highest ethical standards.
    * The APS is openly accountable for its actions, within the framework of ministerial responsibilities to the government, the Parliament and the Australian public.
    * The APS is responsive to the government in providing frank, honest, comprehensive, accurate and timely advice and in implementing the Government’s policies and programs.
    * The APS delivers services fairly, effectively, impartially and courteously to the Australian public and is sensitive to the diversity of the Australian public.
    * The APS has leadership of the highest quality.
    * The APS establishes workplace relations that value communication, consultation, cooperation and input from employees on matters that affect their workplace.
    * The APS provides a fair, flexible, safe and rewarding workplace.
    * The APS focuses on achieving results and managing performance.
    * The APS promotes equity in employment.
    * The APS provides a reasonable opportunity to all eligible members of the community to apply for APS employment.
    * The APS is a career-based service to enhance the effectiveness and cohesion of Australia’s democratic system of government.
    * The APS provides a fair system of review of decisions taken in respect to APS employees.

    Australian Public Service Code of Conduct2

    * An APS employee must behave honestly and with integrity in the course of APS employment.
    * An APS employee must act with care and diligence in the course of APS employment.
    * An APS employee, when acting in the course of APS employment, must treat everyone with respect and courtesy, and without harassment.
    * An APS employee, when acting in the course of APS employment, must comply with all applicable Australian laws.3
    * An APS employee must comply with any lawful and reasonable direction given by someone in the employee’s Agency who has authority to give the direction.
    * An APS employee must maintain appropriate confidentiality about dealings that the employee has with any minister or minister’s member of staff.
    * An APS employee must disclose, and take reasonable steps to avoid, any conflict of interest (real or apparent) in connection with APS employment.
    * An APS employee must use Commonwealth resources in a proper manner.
    * An APS employee must not provide false or misleading information in response to a request for information that is made for official purposes in connection with the employee’s APS employment.
    * An APS employee must not make improper use of:
    inside information or
    the employee’s duties, status, power or authority
    * in order to gain, or seek to gain, a benefit or advantage for the employee or for any other person.
    * An APS employee must at all times behave in a way that upholds the APS Values and the integrity and good reputation of the APS.
    * An APS employee on duty overseas must at all times behave in a way that upholds the good reputation of Australia.
    * An APS employee must comply with any other conduct requirement that is prescribed by the regulations4.

    1 From Section 10(1) of the Public Service Act 1999

    2 From Section 13 of the Public Service Act 1999

    3 For this purpose, Australian law means:
    a) any Act (including this Act), or any instrument made under an Act
    b) any law of a state or territory, including any instrument made under such a law.

    4 Regulation 2.1 imposes a duty on an APS employee not to disclose certain information without authority (ie information communicated in confidence or where disclosure could be prejudicial to the effective working of government). APS employees should familiarise themselves with the full text of PS Regulation 2.1.

    http://www.apsc.gov.au/values/conductguidelines14.htm

    Last updated: September 2010

    _______________________________________________________________________
    APS Values and Code of Conduct in practice
    Section 4: Personal behaviour
    Chapter 12: Gifts and benefits
    Relevant Values and elements of the Code of Conduct
    APS Values

    * The APS has the highest ethical standards.

    APS Code of Conduct

    * An APS employee must behave honestly and with integrity in the course of APS employment.
    * An APS employee must disclose, and take reasonable steps to avoid, any conflict of interest (real or apparent) in connection with APS employment.
    * An APS employee must not make improper use of: (a) inside information or (b) the employee’s duties, status, power or authority; in order to gain, or seek to gain, a benefit or advantage for the employee or for any other person.
    * An APS employee on duty overseas must at all times behave in a way that upholds the good reputation of Australia.

    Gifts and benefits

    The issue of whether or not an APS employee accepts a gift or benefit is not always straightforward.

    The nature of work in the APS and the relationship of the APS with external clients and stakeholders in business, other jurisdictions, non-government organisations and international governments have changed considerably in recent years. APS employees, particularly at senior levels, are now much more likely to deal regularly with heads of corporations and senior business representatives, heads of non-government organisations and international officials. In many of these sectors, offers of gifts and hospitality are commonplace. Agencies need to provide clear guidance to their employees which recognises the context within which they work, while ensuring that the integrity of the APS is upheld.

    At times, particularly for senior employees, acceptance of offers of entertainment or hospitality can provide valuable opportunities for networking with stakeholders. For the APS to carry out its functions fairly, impartially and professionally, however, and for the public to be confident that it will do so, APS employees must be able to demonstrate that they cannot be improperly influenced in the performance of their duties by offers of gifts or other inducements.

    When a public servant receives an offer of a gift or benefit, it is important that they consider the ethical issues involved and that there is an open and transparent process in the agency for discussing such issues. It is important to consider every offer on its merits, taking into account the relationship of the organisation making the offer with the agency.

    The main risk of accepting a gift or benefit is that it may result in an actual or perceived conflict of interest. At the extreme, it could be perceived as a bribe, which is an offence under the Criminal Code and a breach of the APS Code.

    When deciding whether to accept a gift or benefit, the reputation of the APS is paramount. A useful test is for employees to consider how they might answer questions from a parliamentary committee. If it would be embarrassing, then perhaps the gift or benefit should not be accepted.

    There may be times when it is appropriate for an employee to accept a gift on behalf of their agency, rather than on their own behalf, for example from an international delegation. In diplomatic circles, it may cause embarrassment to reject offers of minor gifts.

    If an employee is uncertain about whether they should accept a gift or benefit, they should discuss the matter with their manager or supervisor.

    It is not possible to establish set rules about accepting gifts or benefits as it is contingent on the circumstances. In some instances accepting even minor benefits may be construed as undermining public confidence—for example, when a tender process, either for the procurement of goods and services or sale of assets, involving the provider of the gift or benefit is under way, or when public servants are administering regulation directly affecting the individuals or organisations concerned. Agencies’ guidelines and CEIs should be used to clarify particularly sensitive areas. Employees should make themselves aware of relevant agency-specific guidelines and CEIs.

    When developing policies about accepting gifts and benefits, agencies should clarify in what circumstances accepting a gift or benefit may be appropriate, taking into account the agency’s functions and objectives, the roles of employees within the agency and the types of relationships employees may have with organisations and people who may offer gifts or benefits.

    A gift or benefit may include:

    * offers of cash or shares
    * gifts, such as bottles of wine, manufacturer’s samples or personal items
    * promotional materials, including clothing, books, compact discs or DVDs
    * sponsored travel
    * benefits under loyalty schemes, such as frequent flyer schemes
    * airline competition prizes
    * meals or other hospitality
    * accommodation and hire car discounts
    * entertainment, such as meals, seats at sporting or theatre events or golf days
    * discounts on commercial items
    * free or discounted places on training and development courses (other than contra-deals associated with the presentation of papers).

    Acceptance of gifts or benefits will not usually be appropriate from a person or company if they are:

    * involved in a tender process with the agency, either for the procurement of goods and services or sale of assets; or
    * the subject of a decision within the discretionary power or substantial influence of the APS employee concerned.

    Particular care should also be taken if:

    * the person or organisation is in a contractual or regulatory relationship with the Commonwealth
    * the organisation’s primary purpose is to lobby Ministers, Members of Parliament or agencies.

    If a gift or benefit is accepted, it is prudent to disclose or register its approximate value. All valuable gifts or benefits should be registered. (Ministers and all Senators and Members are required to register benefits from official sources valued at $750 or more and $300 or more from private sources).

    It should not be assumed, however, that gifts of minor value are acceptable. Even token gifts that carry a company’s logo can create, in some circumstances, a perceived conflict of interest. For example, an employee from a purchasing area wearing clothing bearing the logo of a particular supplier could send a very inappropriate message to competing organisations.

    Employees should be aware of agency-specific policies about accepting gifts and benefits; such policies should apply to members of an employee’s family, where acceptance may impact on the employee’s official duties.
    Accepting fees

    Generally, it is expected that APS employees will not accept outside payment for activities considered part of their normal duties. If an employee is offered a fee to speak at a work-related conference, it may be accepted providing the agency receives the benefit, not the individual.

    It is good practice for agencies to inform suppliers and contractors about their policy. For example, the Departments of Defence, Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Immigration and Citizenship have produced brochures to advise their suppliers and other stakeholders about their policies, stating that inducements of any kind are unacceptable. Publishing the policy also makes it easier for employees to decline inappropriate offers by referring to the policy.
    Hospitality

    Agencies may provide official hospitality if it furthers the conduct of public business. Expenditure on official hospitality must be publicly defensible on the basis that the primary purpose of the event is work-related.

    Offers of hospitality from sources outside the APS have the potential to cause perceived or actual conflicts of interest. However, offers of hospitality may be accepted if they genuinely assist the agency to develop and maintain constructive relationships with stakeholders.

    When developing policies, agencies should consider issues that will help employees judge when it is appropriate to accept hospitality. For example, the person may wish to consider the scale of the hospitality offered, and whether it is proportional to that which the agency would provide under similar circumstances. It is helpful if the agency informs its stakeholders about what type of hospitality is acceptable. A number of agencies have produced guidelines aimed at promoting awareness.
    Sponsored travel

    As a general rule, the Commonwealth pays for APS employees to travel as part of their official duties. Situations may arise, however, where a body external to the APS offers to pay for travel for an APS employee. In such cases of sponsored travel, an APS employee is being offered a benefit and it should be treated in the same way as gifts and other benefits described earlier in this chapter.

    APS employees should be aware of the following principles regarding sponsored travel:

    * the Commonwealth should meet the expenses associated with work undertaken on its behalf by its employees
    * APS employees and their agencies should avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance of such conflicts.

    As a general rule, APS employees should not accept offers of travel sponsored by private organisations or groups. Sponsored travel includes cases where transport, accommodation or living expenses are paid for or provided other than from the agency’s funds or the APS employee’s own resources. Acceptance of such travel may lead to the perception that the agency or the APS employee is favouring the organisation concerned or using their position to gain a benefit. Offers of sponsored travel or entertainment should be referred to the agency head for consideration.

    Where an agency considers acceptance to be in the Government’s interest and where practical alternative means of travel or attendance at official expense are not available, the agency may offer to contribute to the costs involved. An offer of sponsored participation in such a case should be referred to the agency head, who may select an appropriate member of staff to attend if attendance is considered to be justified. Participation by APS employees in travel relating to the inauguration of travel services or opening ceremonies at new commercial or industrial undertakings may fall into this category. The important criterion to be borne in mind is that the agency, or the APS as a whole, should gain and be seen to gain the benefit of the opportunity, rather than the individual undertaking the travel. This is essential to avoid giving rise to perceptions of conflicts of interest.

    Sponsored travel that would not be acceptable under this guidance material is not made acceptable by being undertaken during a period of leave.

    Offers of sponsorship by bodies such as an inter-governmental or international agency, another government, an educational institution, a non-profit organisation, a recognised humanitarian organisation or broad-based industry group may be acceptable.

    There are some recognised instances where travel opportunities are offered on a general rather than a particular basis, such as industry familiarisation tours, or where a body such as the World Health Organisation sponsors participants in a seminar. In such cases, the source of the funding should be reputable and apolitical, and no conflict of interest or perceived conflict of interest should be created as a result of accepting the offer.

    Advice on the use of frequent flyer points accrued while travelling on official business may be found in Chapter 10.
    Entertainment

    Offers of entertainment are often used in private business to make relevant business contacts and improve business relationships. In some instances, accepting an offer of entertainment may improve stakeholder relationships. Attendance at significant events can provide senior public servants with opportunities to make important business connections that will be of considerable benefit to their agencies. There may also be an important representational role for senior employees at such events. However, the agency should ensure that accepting the offer would not create an actual or perceived conflict of interest.

    Accompanying a Minister is a relevant factor. Nonetheless, it is important for senior staff to appreciate the example they set for other APS employees in upholding the Values. The more prominent the entertainment event, the more important it is to be mindful of perceptions. Another option is for the individual to pay for the entertainment.

    While it may be in the interests of the agency or the government for senior public servants to accept invitations to some events, it is not appropriate for them to accept offers of paid travel or accommodation in relation to their attendance. Offers that are accepted should be recorded and declared in SES employees’ statements of interest.
    Bribery and related offences

    Accepting or offering a benefit that may be defined as a bribe may breach the APS Code and the Criminal Code.

    Subsection 141.1(3) (receiving a bribe) of the Criminal Code makes it an offence for a Commonwealth public official to:

    dishonestly ask for, receive or obtain a benefit or agree to receive or obtain, a benefit for himself, herself or another person with the intention of influencing the duties of the public official or engendering a belief that the duties will be influenced.

    Such an offence has a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.

    In addition, subsection 142.1(3) (receiving a corrupting benefit) of the Criminal Code makes it an offence for a Commonwealth public official to dishonestly ask for, receive or obtain, or agree to receive or obtain, a benefit for himself, herself or another person where the receipt or expectation of the receipt of that benefit would tend to influence the official or another official in the exercise of the official’s duties. Such an offence has a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.

    Employees should also note that, consistent with Australia’s obligations under the OECD Convention on the Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions, under section 70.2 of the Criminal Code it is an offence to bribe a foreign public official, whether in Australia or in another country. An Australian in another country who bribes or attempts to bribe an official of that country can be prosecuted for bribery in an Australian court.

    Such an offence has a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.

    Where an employee becomes aware of information which they suspect relates to the bribery of a foreign public official by another employee, consistent with their obligations under the APS Values and Code of Conduct to behave ethically, honestly and with integrity, they should report the information in accordance with their agency’s instructions on reporting breaches of the Code of Conduct (see Chapter 17: Whistleblowing). If the information relates to a person who is not an APS employee, the employee should discuss the matter with an appropriate senior person in their agency to determine the most appropriate course of action, including reporting the matter to the Australian Federal Police.

    More information is available on the Attorney-General’s Department website at Foreign Bribery Offences.

    http://www.apo.org.au/research/survey-codes-conduct-australian-and-selected-overseas-parliaments
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    * Deirdre McKeown
    * Information and Research Services, Parliamentary Library

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    PDF A survey of codes of conduct in Australian and selected overseas parliaments

    19 July 2006This background note details the approach taken in various Australian and overseas parliaments to codes of conduct for ministers and MPs.

    In 2009, for various reasons, the conduct of ministers and members of parliament has been the subject of much media attention. The Australian and United Kingdom governments have conducted major reviews of entitlements paid to members of parliament. A number of Australian governments introduced codes of conduct for the lobbying industry to deal with the relationship between current and former members of parliament and the lobbying industry.

    This background note details the approach taken in Australian and some overseas parliaments to codes of conduct for ministers and members of parliament, registers of interests, the post-separation employment of ministers and the use of ethics commissioners in providing advice on and/or conducting investigations into breaches of codes. It also includes sections on codes covering lobbyists. Where possible it provides links to relevant documents. It does not
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    The publication includes historical information to show the development of accountability and ethics regimens in each parliament.
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  11. burt 12

    How wow, lets give the govt banking contract to the bank that has been propped up by tax payers money since the day it first opened it’s door…. yes lets stop the bank that can’t stand on it’s own two feet from closing any more branches by pouring millions and millions of tax payers money into it so it can pretend it’s a success. (oh and so it can kept poor ‘everything-i-touch-fails’ Cullen employed a bit longer)

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  • Measles: the quackery that is homeopathic “vaccination”
    A few days ago, a friend sent me a link to a health-related FB page that had published a post from a homeopathist, offering homeopathic “vaccination”¹ against measles (using something called a “Morbillinum nosode” at a “potency” of 200C, which I’ll explain shortly). I followed the link, left a comment ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    1 day ago
  • Colombia: 20th anniversary of La Gabarra massacre
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    RedlineBy Admin
    1 day ago
  • A prediction
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 day ago
  • Climate Change: The Zero Carbon Bill
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Zombie ants, updated
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    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 days ago
  • Paying For Our Pakeha “Guilt” And “Privilege”.
    Shouldn't That Be: "Wrong White Crowd"? Rather than apportion guilt, would it not have been wiser for the makers of Land Of The Long White Cloud to accept that the Pakeha of 2019 are not – and never will be – “Europeans”? Just as contemporary Maori are not – and ...
    2 days ago
  • A Bodyguard of Truths.
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    2 days ago
  • A call to unionists
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 days ago
  • Sophistry and bullshit
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • I’m so fly, I’m #NoFly!
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 days ago
  • Punishing the young
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 days ago
  • Journalism, clickbait, & ideas of classical beauty – but not science
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    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 days ago
  • Is Simon’s Smile Sustainable?
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    3 days ago
  • What the actual Hell?
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    3 days ago
  • Hard News: Dealer’s Choice, an oral history from Planet 1994
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    4 days ago
  • The invasion of women’s sports by men: some facts
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    RedlineBy Admin
    4 days ago
  • Remainers starting to sound like fascists
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    4 days ago
  • Labour MPs supporting Johnson’s turd-sandwich deal?
    I find this unbelievable:
    I've got one source saying more Labour MPs than expected are mulling whether to vote for the deal - including names who were not on the letter to Juncker and Tusk— Emilio Casalicchio (@e_casalicchio) 17 October 2019 I've compiled a list of possible reasons why Labour ...
    5 days ago
  • Why do we need control orders again?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Bullshitting the Minister
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Speaker: Extinction Rebellion is not a cult (but ecstasy for the people)
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    5 days ago
  • We need to bring the police under control
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • If you can’t measure it, does it exist?
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    SciBlogsBy Marcus Wilson
    6 days ago
  • Swinson’s swithering
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    6 days ago
  • Women’s rights, trans ideology and Gramsci’s morbid symptoms
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    RedlineBy Admin
    6 days ago
  • We need to take guns off police
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • “Bringing kindness back”
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Press Release: “Fake News” from Auckland City Council CCOs Board Chairs re pay and performance b...
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    Closing the GapBy Tracey Sharp
    6 days ago
  • Ever-So-Slightly Bonkers: Simon Bridges Plays To His Base.
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    7 days ago
  • Asking for food
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    Opposable ThumbBy Unknown
    7 days ago
  • Forty years of change in the jobs Kiwi do and the places they call home
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    7 days ago
  • Protecting Fresh Waterways in Aotearoa/NZ: The Strong Public Health Case
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    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    7 days ago
  • Massey University triggered to rebrand
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Swinson backing calls for a second referendum (again)
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    1 week ago
  • An odious bill
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • National is now the party of climate arson
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • The environmental footprint of electric versus fossil car
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • “Manifest” by Andrew Bird – A Song For The Times.
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    1 week ago
  • Passing the buck
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • India a major player in Earth observation satellites
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    1 week ago
  • The rot at the top (2).
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • Common misconceptions about “Global Warming”
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    An average kiwiBy admin@averagekiwi.com
    1 week ago
  • A climate of tyranny
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Collins crushes climate
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    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • More disappointment
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What do these mother-child studies really say about fluoridation?
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    1 week ago
  • Losing Labour’s Mills-Tone.
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    1 week ago
  • Speaker: Disability and the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse
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    1 week ago
  • Spain is not a democracy
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • UK Conservatives hate democracy
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • What is wrong with our building industry?
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Local bodies
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • A future of government
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    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    2 weeks ago
  • Speaker: Catalonia, interrupted
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    2 weeks ago
  • Sage Decisions Unwisely Over-Ruled.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government may ban voting in effort to get more people to do it
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Woman: Deleted.
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    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • The Hollowest of Men Ride Again… SURPRISE!
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    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    2 weeks ago
  • Barbaric
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is this study legit? 5 questions to ask when reading news stories of medical research
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • Fighting Monsters.
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    2 weeks ago
  • The next wave of kaupapa Māori politics: its constitutional, it must be.
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    EllipsisterBy Ellipsister
    2 weeks ago
  • Night lights of NZ from orbit
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    SciBlogsBy Duncan Steel
    2 weeks ago
  • Reporters deliver uplifting news to fleeing Japanese residents: they won’t miss any rugby
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Government in contentious discussions about whether to put surplus on red or black
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    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Jordanian teachers’ successful strike has lessons for here
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Why some people still think climate change isn’t real
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    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago

  • Minister of Finance and Sport and Recreation to visit Japan and Vietnam
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    7 hours ago
  • Dashboard tracks housing progress
    The Government’s Housing Dashboard released today confirms record numbers of state houses are under construction and shows the Government build programme is gaining momentum.  “After nine years of inaction, and a hands-off attitude from the previous government we’re starting to see things move in the right direction for housing,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    8 hours ago
  • Ministerial Statement on the International Convention Centre fire
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    10 hours ago
  • Government invests in Te Reo, environmental data research
    The Government is investing in ambitious research that will digitise Te Reo, grow the low-carbon protein efficient aquaculture industry, help interpret environmental trends, and large data sets says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods. The four projects range from teaching Siri to speak Te Reo to crunching large environmental ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • Government announces next steps as part of a comprehensive plan to fix skills gap
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    16 hours ago
  • Corrections Amendment Bill passes third reading
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Ngāi Tahu CEO appointed to NZ-China Council
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Southern Response claims move to EQC
    Responsibility for processing the small number of Southern Response claims still to be settled will be transferred to EQC by the end of the year. “As claim numbers reduce, it no longer makes sense for the Crown to have two organisations processing the remaining Canterbury claims,” Grant Robertson says. “Since ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Bowel screening starts in Whanganui
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Pacific Peoples Minister to attend Our Ocean Conference in Norway
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government announces 27 percent increase in Trades Academy places
    Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap.   This includes the largest single increase in Trades Academy places in recent years. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures Conference: Connection...
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Methane reducing cattle feed one step closer
    The Government today announced its support for a project that could substantially reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from cattle. The announcement was made as part of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor’s visit to Nelson’s Cawthron Aquaculture Park. The Cawthron Institute will receive $100,000 from the Government’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Bill to refresh superannuation system passes first reading
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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government announces next steps in fight against measles
    Babies in Auckland aged six months and over can receive a free vaccination and children will all have access to vaccines, Associate Minister of Health Julie Anne Genter announced today at Papatoetoe High School.   The move comes as part of Government efforts to step up the fight against measles. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Speech to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs, Pacific Futures: Connections, Identity...
    ***Check against delivery*** Good morning. It is a pleasure to be here, and to have the honour of opening this important conference on behalf of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs. Let us take the opportunity to acknowledge all the people who have helped make today possible, including our special ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Police trial new response to high risk events
    Police Minister Stuart Nash says the safety of frontline officers and members of the public will be the focus of a new trial of specialist Police response teams in three of our largest urban centres. Police have this morning released details of an initiative to be trialled in Counties Manukau, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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