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PR: Paul Goldsmith and Simon Watts - Labour must reverse Three Waters skullduggery

The Government has been caught sneaking a rarely-used legal provision into the proposed Three Waters legislation which will make it harder for Parliament to overturn, National Justice Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith and Local Government spokesperson Simon Watts say.

This week, while Parliament sat under urgency pushing legislation through, Labour and the Greens added a provision that means once Three Waters becomes law, it would take 60 per cent of MPs to overturn it, instead of a simple majority which applies to almost every law passed, except for a few constitutional matters.

“Entrenched provisions are used rarely in New Zealand for good reason and until now they have been reserved for core constitutional issues like parts of the Electoral Act,” Mr Goldsmith says.

“Labour and the Greens have now colluded to entrench in law a contentious policy position, without any real debate and while the House was sitting under urgency.

“Entrenched provisions in law should be reserved for matters largely above politics, and when used they should be subject to careful scrutiny and debate. The exact opposite has happened in this case.

“As constitutional lawyer Dr Dean Knight has said, “this is unusual and doesn’t sit well with our current constitutional traditions… it’s regrettable this significant constitutional development only came to light in committee of the whole stage and was not subject to scrutiny and public submission”.

“The passing of this SOP sets a very dangerous precedent. If a National Government had passed a provision like this over, say, for example, the three strikes sentencing regime, Labour and the Greens would be outraged,” Mr Goldsmith says.

Local Government spokesperson Simon Watts said Labour has used the veil of urgency to ram through an unconstitutional clause to block future changes to a broken bill, which National will repeal and replace.

“Labour and the Greens need to immediately walk this move back. When the House resumes in December, National will move to recommit the Water Services Entities Bill back to the committee of the Whole House Stage to excise this unconstitutional and undemocratic clause. We urge the government to vote for it and for cool heads to prevail.”

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JW
JW
30 de nov. de 2022

It appears Labour does listen to criticism and is not going ahead with the entrenchment proposal. National wants local bodies to retain ownership of water assets, but now only a 50% majority will be required to privatise water assets.

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winder44
winder44
28 de nov. de 2022

Not a word from MSM. today on Labour's attempt to entrench the 3, (5) Waters cash grab bill.

You know the ones. Stuff, NZ Herald, TV One, etc.

Biased, each and every one of them.

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Aaron Shanahan
Aaron Shanahan
28 de nov. de 2022
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So. As as I'm concerned, the msm can die. Take the funding away. And let them stand on merit only.

Fuck your free feed. No more sucking on this man's tit to spout lies, and deliberately dress up stupidity as gospel.

No. Learn diction, learn to spell, and learn true journalistic independence.

And if you can't? Get fucked.

Tough.

Aaron

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winder44
winder44
27 de nov. de 2022

It looks like we have been back stabbed by the media. They have to take almost all the blame for secreting, or failing to provide a clear and concise reporting of ALL news.

They have totally failed us by not publishing an even unbiased view of events, and suppressing any items that not in keeping with the governments ideologies.

Time of reckoning is well and truly due.

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ron
ron
27 de nov. de 2022
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Rhetorical. Have no idea either. Though for sure Government sponsorship needs to go.

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tjalling.jonker
tjalling.jonker
27 de nov. de 2022

if this country had a REAL constitution; a multicameral legislature this type of utter crap would never have even reached a first reading.


instead, we may end up with a legislation any future government will have difficulty repealing.


writing to the gg? waste of time and energy. she will sit back over a cuppa with cindy and her goons and sign whatever is put in front of her.


it is starting to look like the only way to stop this current bunch of mongrels is a bloody revolution, with guillotines, a few pyres, the odd firing squad. well, you get my drift!

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tjalling.jonker
tjalling.jonker
27 de nov. de 2022
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over-excited? maybe .....

but the media are not responsible for introducing new legislation, unless i am mistaken.

their role (well, it used to be) is to REPORT accurately and objectively on events / matters / issues such as this.

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The funding is everything should the 60% be the hurdle to repeal.

Simply stop the funding and allow competitors in the space.


Ultimately this should help the opposition at the next election. Its a coup and we have it in our vision for all to see.

De-funding the state media would be my first step and education would follow close behind.

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