Parliament’s being urged to crack down on call facilitation payments in business which a lobby group says are little more than bribes.
The law and order select committee considering the Organised Crimes Bill has been asked to outlaw the payments which will send a signal that New Zealand is beyond corruption.
Transparency International New Zealand chair Suzanne Snively says this country has a reputation as one of the most corruption free nations on earth.
But Ms Snively warns that reputation co Read more »
Auckland Mayor Len Brown is under pressure after it was revealed more than $250,000 has been spent on secret polling, and he won’t say what it’s for.
Councillor Cameron Brewer speculates it’s on his popularity ratings, but believes the focus should be on bigger issues. Read more »
The unsubstantiated question as a headline. Â The favourite way the media like to smear, because it isn’t a statement of fact.
I’ll give you an example or two
HaveÂ National been shielding senior people among their ranks that have name suppression for behaviour that would end their careers?
Are National hiding someone who caused the loss of money entrusted to him by trying to cover it up?
Was Russel Norman blackmailed into his resignation?
Does Andrew Little know Carmel Sepuloni’s questions to the house were to the benefit of her mother?
That’s how it’s done. Â Read more »
Because New Zealand only fell one spot, to number two.
Colin Hamilton writes:
New Zealand has fallen from its top spot as the world’s least corrupt country being pushed out by Scandinavian nation Denmark.
In the 2014 Corruption Perceptions Index released today New Zealand was ranked the second least corrupt out of 174 countries.
The index which compiled by Transparency International, ranks countries based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be.
A country’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).
New Zealand’s score of 91 was second only to Denmark on 92.
Last year the two nations were tied on 91 and in 2012 they were tied on 90.
New Zealand was the only non-Scandinavian nation in the top five while Australia slipped out of the top 10 to eleventh place with a score of 80 points.
Now, depending on your political proclivities, you’d expect New Zealand to have plummeted. Â Either because of the National Party and me, or because of Kim Dotcom, Hone Harawira, Laila Harre, Matt McCarten, David Cunliffe, Lyn Prentice, Martyn (Martin) Bradbury, and Russel Norman.
But either way, how did NZ only slip one rating point?
Bryce Edwards continues: Read more »
The Victoria State Election is underway andÂ already the Liberal party is focussing on the selection of Daniel Andrews and his connections with theÂ CFMEU.
Private global accounting firm Moore Stephensâ€™ costing of Laborâ€™s policies will finally be released today â€” just two days before the election and after more than half a million voters have already cast their ballot. Labor chose Moore Stephens after refusing to submit its policies for scrutiny by Treasury.
Treasurer Michael Oâ€™Brien has hit out at the firm, highlighting how the accountants audited the discredited CFMEUâ€™s WA branch. Â Read more »
On Grant Robertson’s website he claims this:
Demonstrating the values that were instilled in him from an early age, Grant has quickly made an impact as a progressive Labour MP. Among the measures that have earned him plaudits are a successful bill to “Mondayise” public holidays, the promotion of ethical investing by state-controlled funds, and his championing of the living wage. In his time in the Labour caucus he has held a number of portfolio responsibilities, includingÂ Economic Development, Employment, Skills and Training, and Associate Arts, Culture, Heritage. Grant was Labourâ€™s deputy leader from December 2011 to September 2013.
So basically Grant has done nothing of any real note.
He hasÂ appealedÂ to the liberal elite wankocracy by coming up with gay policies thatÂ no oneÂ in middleÂ New ZealandÂ cares about.
To cap that all off he used his sponsoring of a bill to filibuster in order to prevent, unsuccessfully, the progress of voluntary student unionism. As David Farrar said at the time:
A number of organisations in New Zealand have enabling legislation such as the Scout Association. Another example is the Royal Society of New Zealand â€“ they needed their 1997 legislation updated to incorporate the humanities in their objects and make some governance changes.
Only an MP can introduce a bill into Parliament so a private body needs to find an MP to agree to promote their bill and steer it through the House. They will often ask the local MP, but it can be any MP. And if the MP agrees, they have basically a duty of care to that organisation to use their best efforts to get that law changed. This is normally very easy, as these changes are rarely controversial.
The Royal Society of New Zealand Amendment Bill was introduced in September 2010. It should have passed into law in early 2011. but instead it remains stuck on committee stage and now can not pass before the election. Â Read more »
This is an email being sent to PSA members this morning.
Georgina Beyer, bless her cotton socks, is not for sale:
Internet Mana candidate Georgina Beyer has gone rogue and come out swinging at her party’s so-called visionary, Kim Dotcom.
She says [Kim Dotcom] isÂ pulling the strings and is in politics for all the wrong reasons – including revenge.
Internet Mana’s the party that’s big on going big – big names, big productions, big personalities. But now it seems it’s got big problems too.
“Who is pulling the strings? Well, the big man himself,” says Ms Beyer.
Ms Beyer, a former Labour MP and New Zealand’s first transgender MP, is Mana’s candidate in the southern Maori seat of Te Tai Tonga.She believes Dotcom is tearing her party apart. Read more »
David Cunliffe finally injected himself into the election race this week with a confident – if not triumphal – performance in the first television leaders’ debate.
For long-time Cunliffe watchers this was hardly a surprise.
He has always excelled as a debater and did not (for once) overlay his performance with that occasional smirking hint of moral superiority which can make the bile rise.
That he managed to win the debate – despite Labour having been comprehensively knocked in two political polls in a row – was a triumph of discipline and will.
A lesser politician would have found it very difficult indeed to come off the back foot under the full glare of the cameras against New Zealand’s most popular Prime Minister.
What was a surprise – and again shouldn’t have been – was the lack-lustre performance of John Key.
Key has been knocked by the Dirty Politics revelations. Read more »
That looks decidedly dodgy…
Who is Craig Hoyle, and why is he trying to buy his friends’ voting papers? Read more »