Politics in Wellington

February 17th, 2010 at 4:59 pm by David Farrar

At 6 pm off to an ASPG event at on how the relationship between and the Executive — how it has evolved over the past 20 years and where the relationship might head over the next 20.

At 9 pm will be at , where I’ll be doing a 60 second soapbox on the issue of the . I’ll even have some Canadian and Australian flags with me as visual props!

Tomorrow morning I’m one of three submitters appearing on the Electoral (Administration) Bill between 10 am and 11 am in Bowen House. This is the bill that merges the Electoral Commission with the Chief Electoral Office. The major issue all three submitters (The other two are Andrew Geddis and the NZ Law Society) have raised are that the new Commission should be an Independent Officer of Parliament, or the very least the appointment of Commissioners should not be decided by the Minister of Justice, but require parliamentary agreement.

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3 Responses to “Politics in Wellington”

  1. Pete George (22,731 comments) says:

    Metiria Turei just said that the poor are paying more tax than the well off!

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  2. lofty (1,303 comments) says:

    In what context pete?

    On the face of it, I would say bollocks.

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  3. Pete George (22,731 comments) says:

    The panel were discussing the possible rise in GST. Turei had already said raising GST was a way of moving the tax burden from the rich to the poor. She said it in the heat of the fray, and I have paraphrased, but that’s basically what she said. Maybe she could clarify it.

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