By the time that useless appendage Dunne can take the high road, things are getting seriously poor

The government and John Key need to take a serious look at the management of the house.

It has been a fiasco that has enabled that pontificating prat Peter Dunne to claim the high ground.

The two-day, 17-hour debate under urgency on the government’s housing bill was a $700,000 waste of money, United Future leader Peter Dunne says.

The debate ended late on Wednesday night when the bill was passed, after Labour and the Greens had used nearly all of it to talk about their own policies.

They were able to effectively hijack the bill because it was omnibus legislation, which meant they could put up amendments to add new parts to it.

All their amendments were defeated.  

“The bill itself was fairly innocuous and was addressing a timing issue between previous legislation and upcoming plans,” he said on Thursday.

“It costs roughly $43,000 an hour to run parliament, so this bill cost us over $700,000 and you really have to ask if this was the best way to serve the people of New Zealand on the issue of housing.”

Mr Dunne says less than a third of that amount would have paid for the air fares and accommodation for 100 housing experts from industry, social housing and regional government to be flown to Wellington for a housing summit in parliament.

“I think it’s high time that we realised the issues around housing will not be solved by political point scoring,” he said.

I think that the government has ben suffering from far too much complacency, and much of that lies with the fact that the opposition are just dreadfully hopeless.

National just isn’t reacting fast enough to issues because they believe they are immune. Time for some serious renewal of cabinet from John Key.



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.