What a bunch of killjoys the Greens are opposing the traditional Parliamentary rugby tour.
The Greens are objecting to a corporate-sponsored trip for MPs to play in the Parliamentary Rugby World Cup.
Corrections minister Sam Lotu-Iiga, his colleague Commerce minister Paul Goldsmith and NZ First leader Winston Peters are among those who will skip parliamentary sessions in lieu of the September junket.
They’ll also be at the Rugby World Cup, which runs alongside the tournament.
Also on the team are Labour’s Damien O’Connor, Stuart Nash, Peeni Henare and Kelvin Davis, and National’s Alfred Ngaro and Mark Mitchell.
“If there are corporate lobbyists going, they have privileged access to ministers,” Greens co-leader Metiria Turei says.
It is not dissimilar to the Cabinet Club approach where there are select few who get to spend extended time with ministers and MPs.
“This isn’t the first time this has been raised.”
She added: “This is a trip to the Rugby World Cup, there is no point try to pretend that’s not what it is. And the fact that it has now been sanctioned as a parliamentary trip raises real concerns.”
In 2007, then-Prime Minister Helen Clark called for an inquiry into the Parliamentary rugby team after a trip to France. Read more »