Hipkins and Hughes

January 18th, 2013 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Two more MP profiles in the Herald. First Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins:

What have you found most rewarding about the past year?

One of the career pluses for me has been questioning Hekia Parata [Education Minister] in Parliament over the Christchurch schooling stuff. I was able to translate a lot of concern amongst the schools being affected into questions and subsequent action in Parliament.

I think this show Chris’ background as a parliamentary staffer and straight into being an MP, that he cites question time as a highlight!

What MP outside your party impresses you?

I would say Chester Borrows [National, Wanganui] but I would have to say in brackets other than the fact that he closed our local Hutt courthouse. He is a thoroughly decent human being. I worked with him on the justice and electoral select committee when he was the chair of that and I found him to be very, very fair and able to do the job without letting the politics get in the way.

Very generous words by Chris.

Do you have a bill in the private members bill ballot?

I do. I have a bill that would require the government to produce their documentation and legislation in plain English. There is an international guide around plain language. Legislation has been passed in other jurisdictions, in the US for example, which means the general public should be able to pick up any document or piece of legislation and understand it without having to have someone decode it. It means you steer clear of bureaucratic language and jargon and acronyms and you basically write in such a way that anyone can understand.

Sounds good in principle, though I wonder if a law is needed. It does remind me of some years ago where there was some bill called the paperwork reduction bill, and the advertisement for submissions on it called for 20 copies of your submission to be mailed to the Clerk’s Office! Very ironic. Luckily now most submissions are electronic.

And Green List MP Gareth Hughes:

What have you found most rewarding about the past year?

Personally, it has been watching my kids grow up. Arlo is 5 now and Zoe’s 2. I guess politically it has been trying to put the issues of fracking and deep-sea oil drilling on the agenda. I think that well and truly is a bit of an issue nationally and we’ve seen the likes of Petrobras pull out which I think has come, in part, because of that public pressure we’ve seen.

I like the answer about the kids. Fracking is on the agenda, and thanks to Gareth we now better understand the huge economic and environmental benefits of fracking – as seen overseas. I’m not sure this is the result he wanted though!

Do you have a bill in the private members bill ballot?

Yes, I’ve got a number I have developed. I’ve got a Copyright Amendment Bill in there which would give Kiwis the ability to use parody and satire which is something we don’t have compared to many other countries. Under the Copyright Act there are a number of exemptions [for copyright] such as for literary criticism or for using for the news. Unfortunately parodying or satirising something isn’t a defence under the Copyright Act.

I’m supportive of this bill. It would bring us into line with other countries such as the US where parody and satire have a fair use provision.

What’s one of the best shows or concerts you’ve been to in recent years?

I’ve really enjoyed Public Service Announcements at Bats Theatre in Wellington. They’ve done three seasons where they just parody politics over the previous month or so. It’s rewritten. They have political characters and they have the mickey taken out of them. The last one was all about David Shearer getting advice from Russel Norman and reminiscing with the ghosts of Lange and Muldoon. I’ve had brief cameos in all of them.

That was a very funny play.

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13 Responses to “Hipkins and Hughes”

  1. alex Masterley (1,535 comments) says:

    I see Mr Hughes was talking about using fires to get rid of rubbish on his section. I doubt that he saw the irony in what he was saying.

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  2. dime (10,213 comments) says:

    Parody is fine within fair use.

    I suspect this nerd wants to use parody to try and desory businesses he doesnt like.

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  3. alex Masterley (1,535 comments) says:

    Like the lad over in Australia who put out a fake press release and nearly caused Fortescue Mining to breach it’s banking covenants?

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  4. alex Masterley (1,535 comments) says:

    Sorry it was not fortescue, rather whitehaven mining.

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  5. infused (583 comments) says:

    Cannot stand Chris Hipkins. Chester could roll him if he actually tried (I live in Upper Hutt).

    It’s so good to have the court house closed. It’s right in the middle of town. Crips one day, bloods the next. People being thrown through windows.

    Thank god.

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  6. BeaB (2,164 comments) says:

    So Sage wants to protect eels and Hughes wants to include parody and satire in copyright legislation.
    And Hipkins wants to fly in the face of decades of Labour bureaucratese.
    What arching ambition! They are worth every dollar we pay them.

    You couldn’t make this stuff up.

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  7. Bill (94 comments) says:

    National will take the twits seat fom him at the next election.
    Hipkins was Trevor’s poodle in the Parliamentary back office and was headed a safe seat in the neighbouring electorate. He has consistently reduced his vote.
    He now is trying to suck up to Annette n Trevor in the hope he gets a high List possie.
    He is disliked by the activists for his attack on them at their Conference. He is not allowed into Auckland or Christchurch!

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  8. Manolo (14,169 comments) says:

    Another lightweight socialist whose image has enlarged by TV and complicit MSM hacks.
    To be put in the same category as Toothy Arden: a MP of little substance who owe his ascent to comrade Clark and her entourage.

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  9. Naturesong (23 comments) says:

    @alex Masterley,

    As clearly stated in the article that was linked in the post, Gareth is going to have some bon fires (for which he has appropriate permits) using felled trees, not rubbish.
    Lying or misrepresenting things that are easily checkable rather than constructing a robust argument based on actual facts undermines your credibility and allows people like me to dismiss you as a fool or idiot.

    Have another go. I’ll even start it for you. “Gareth adds to global warming by increasing CO2 emissions” is probably the way to go in this instance.

    In response to your whitehaven mining assertion. Do you actually think that criminal fraud such as that perpetrated by Jonathan Moylan is the same as a humorous parody by say, John Clarke?

    The NZ education system really failed you didnt it.

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  10. Reid (16,702 comments) says:

    Just for Gaweth, here’s a link on fwacking in North Dakota – you can see it fwom space.

    Oh dear! Light pollution on top of evewything else!

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2013/01/16/169511949/a-mysterious-patch-of-light-shows-up-in-the-north-dakota-dark

    Personally I’m not a fan of fracking. I just don’t think the companies involved are terribly keen on fully exploring “discrepancies” such as the chemicals used seeping into the water tables over the next few hundred years and I think the very same companies have enough capital behind them to distribute enough research bribes grants to the educational institutions and enough campaign donations to the politicians to make any such issues disappear from the public radar which is the only radar viewed by the useless moron idiots aka the sheeple which is why everyone thinks it’s just great, just like they used to think smoking was great, when it all began, as well. And frankly our transportation future is in hydrogen fuel cells and zero-point energy, not hydrocarbons.

    However much as I distrust the new “science” of fracking, its success in releasing billions of bbl’s of previously unexploitable hydrocarbons is a great tool with which to beat Gaweth and the west of the Gweeniacs over the head for the next decade or so, so on balance I probably won’t talk much about my concerns but rather will point out at every opportunity the glorious benefits it has unlocked which demonstrably and once again prove the Gweens are utter, utter mentals in every single way, bar none.

    That’s right. If I had a choice between poison seeping into the water tables and the Gweens, I’d chose the former anytime. That’s how bad Gaweth and his band of fellow travelling circus idiots are.

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  11. hamnidaV2 (247 comments) says:

    Two very good MPs.

    Two new ministers post-2014.

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  12. Reid (16,702 comments) says:

    Two very good MPs.

    Why?

    They’re self-righteous idiots filled with arrogance and hubris.

    And I meant every adjective.

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  13. Mark (1,502 comments) says:

    like Infused I live in Upper Hutt however have found Hipkins to be an effective and hard working local MP. This was borne out with the last electoral result where he significantly improved the electoral vote in his favour despite the party vote being line ball. One suspects he enjoyed the question time with Parata because in reality it was a turkey shoot albiet he was that his opponent fits in the confused and bewildered camp.

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