Labour members of the Commerce Select Committee have put a motion on the agenda to request NZTE officials re-appear before the committee to answer more questions on suspension of funding for the Saudi agri-hub.
When asked directly if funding for the ‘Al-Khalaf agr-hub’ was suspended, NZTE chief executive Peter Chrisp told the Commerce Committee last Thursday, ‘no, there’s absolutely no reason to’.
The chair and chief executive of NZTE must apologise for denying that funding for the Saudi Arabian Food Security Partnership was suspended, despite a board paper confirming it, Labour MP David Parker says.
“The document obtained by Labour under the Official Information Act states funding for ‘the Al Khalaf agri-hub’ was suspended days after the Auditor General commenced her inquiry.
It is scurrilous that the Government is pushing ahead with plans to spend many millions of taxpayer money on an abattoir in Saudi Arabia without knowing who’ll end up owning it, Labour MP David Parker says.
“More than $12 million of taxpayer money has been wasted on the Al Khalaf ‘demonstration’ farm in the desert, including the scandalous $4m cash payment exposed last year.
Today’s landmark ruling from Justice Clifford that a raid on the home of journalist Nicky Hager was illegal means there was unlawful action by police during two elections in a row, Labour’s Shadow Attorney-General David Parker says.
"For the past two elections complaints in the media from the Prime Minister have led to inappropriate and excessive action by the police against journalists.
Consumers in rural and regional New Zealand are the biggest losers in today’s Commerce Commission decision to hike copper phone line prices, Labour’s ICT spokesperson David Parker says.
“Today’s shock announcement of a 10 per cent increase in the regulated wholesale copper phone line price will cost all households – particularly in areas where they are still waiting for ultra-fast broadband.
The Secretary for the Environment has admitted that the Ministry for the Environment gave no advice to Tim Groser about excluding agricultural greenhouse gas emissions from the review of the emissions trading scheme, says Labour’s spokesperson for the Environment David Parker.
“Vicky Robertson’s admission at the Select Committee review of the Ministry for the Environment follows the announcement by Tim Groser in November that the review of the ETS will exclude the growing half of New Zealand’s emissions which come from agriculture.