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August 9, 2014

It is almost 2 years now since the Speaker referred to our Privileges Committee questions of privilege arising from agreements he had signed with the Police and the SIS. Those agreements were automatically up for review. The committee, as is the norm, worked constructively and to good purpose. In our report we suggested several changes to the agreements that in our view will improve matters.

Julie Anne Genter MP
August 9, 2014

I rise to speak on the second reading of the Accounting Infrastructure Reform Bill. When this bill was introduced to the House, the Green Party did not vote to support it. We had significant concerns and we said that we would be watching carefully during the select committee process.

August 9, 2014

Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to sit in on very much of the select committee proceedings, but I have followed the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee report with some interest. I have got to express some disappointment that the select committee has not, in fact, ended up taking on board the issues that I raised at the first reading, and I do want to come back and speak about those again. The Green Party will be supporting the Land Transport Amendment Bill. We believe that it is a step forward; it is just a shame that it was not a larger step forward.

August 9, 2014

The Green Party has welcomed a Gen Zero report calling for concrete climate commitments from all parties ahead of the election.

"Gen Zero's Big Ask report is a timely reminder about what real climate action looks like," said Green Party Climate Change spokesman Dr Kennedy Graham.

August 9, 2014

The Government has pulled the plug on cleaning up our dirty rivers so they are safe for swimming, the Green Party said today.

The Green Party was commenting on the Government's national bottom lines for water quality released today by Environment Minister Amy Adams. They amend the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management to set a national bottom line for human health of secondary contact recreation. This means that rivers only have to be clean enough for wading or boating but don't have to be clean enough to swim in.

August 9, 2014

Jan Logie: I rise with some trepidation, actually, to speak in this urgent debate, because it is about real lives and because there is a young woman who is at the heart of this and I wish to give absolute respect to her experience while being very sensitive around the legal issues in this debate. I also feel a responsibility in this House to convey some of the anger that I am seeing reflected in the community in response to how the debate and the discussion have been happening around this.

August 9, 2014

The National Government has invested in a gold drilling company whose activities threaten a critically endangered native frog species, the Green Party has revealed today.

Despite being a signatory to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) has made a significant but failed investment in gold drilling company Antipodes Gold, which plans to mine in the habitat of the critically endangered Archey's Frog in the Coromandel Forest Park.

August 9, 2014

The Green Party welcomes Labour's announcement to provide $100 per student to schools who choose not to ask parents for donations. The burden of donations needs to be lifted from parents in a public education system and the lower decile communities and schools just don't need the pressure.

This policy will see more money going to lower decile schools, which we think will make a substantial difference to children in those schools, but our overall position on school donations is that they shouldn't be required at all.

Gareth Hughes MP
August 9, 2014

New Zealand must make protecting whales a priority during next week's visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Green Party oceans spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will make an official visit to New Zealand next week after recently outlining an intention to aim for the resumption of commercial whaling.

"New Zealand needs to exert diplomatic pressure on the Japanese Government over whaling during Prime Minister Abe's visit to New Zealand," Mr Hughes said.

August 9, 2014

The Government's underfunding of the TV Takeback scheme jeopardises the whole e-waste drop-off network across the country, the Green Party said today.

The TV Takeback scheme was put in place to deal with the glut of old TVs needing to be recycled arising from the digital switch over. RCN E-Waste Limited the company that processed the TV's collected for recycling has recently been put into liquidation.