Democracy is quietly dying in NZ but you’d never know it by the media’s response. The government is rushing through a slew* of legislation under urgency and it doesn’t even rate a mention in either the Herald or the DomPost (the DP devotes half a page to Harry and Kate’s engagement for god’s sake).
National Radio mentioned the employment laws going though last night (8000 submissions on that one) but had nothing this morning even though one of the bills going through in this indecent haste is Rodney Hide’s Local Government Amendment Bill. Hundreds of people and organisations made submissions on this bill which opens the gates to communty asset sales and the virtual privatisation of water. BTW last night Phil Twyford made a great speech about this.
And could someone from the media ask John Key to front an important issue for a change please, he is still the Prime Minister, right?
* the second reading of the Courts and Criminal Matters Bill, • the first reading of the Māori Purposes Bill, • the interrupted second reading and committee stage of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill (No 2), • the second reading and committee stage of the Holidays Amendment Bill, • the passing through their remaining stages of the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill, the Education Amendment Bill (No 2), and the Child and Family Protection Bill, and of any bills into which those bills may be divided, • the committee stages of the Ngāti Apa (North Island) Claims Settlement Bill and Whanganui Iwi (Whanganui (Kaitoke) Prison and Northern Part of Whanganui Forest) On-account Settlement Bill, and • the second reading of the Television New Zealand Amendment Bill.