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, including¬†Economic Development, Employment, Skills and Training, and Associate Arts, Culture, Heritage. Grant was Labour‚Äôs deputy leader from December 2011 to September 2013.
So basically Grant has done nothing of any real note.
He has¬†appealed¬†to the liberal elite wankocracy by coming up with gay policies that¬†no one¬†in middle¬†New Zealand¬†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 ‚Äď 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. ¬† Read more »