Flavell on compromise

June 27th, 2013 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

writes in the NZ Herald:

Parliament is not a place for dreamers who run and hide away when their dreams are crushed.

It is a place where negotiation happens, where consensus takes place, where change can happen if you know how the system works, and you are prepared to stick at it for the long haul.

When my bill came back from the select committee it was “gutted”. That’s right, there is no denying it.

But I wasn’t about to pull out on those communities who desperately need change. So I started working with the Minister of Internal Affairs, Hon Chris Tremain, on how to advance the many issues that my bill sought to address.

The result? Well, it is a broad package of class 4 reforms – and while my bill has been plucked within an inch of its life, we have been promised that many of its precious plumes will be tucked away in a new home, within the regulatory and legislative reforms proposed by the Government.

The changes announced by Mr Tremain this week are a direct result of my bill, which was a catalyst for action. We raised the issue, we put it on the agenda, and this wider package is the result of our hard work.

What Flavell is saying is it is easy to grand-stand and make speeches on an issue. It is far harder to actually work with MPs and the Government to get legislative and policy reform.

The Mana Party is very good at being outraged and making speeches. but can they play a constructive role in Government?

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4 Responses to “Flavell on compromise”

  1. tvb (3,938 comments) says:

    Winston Peters tries to ride both these horses. He likes to grandstand but then he knows as well as anyone what getting things done requires. The Mana Party is essentially a protest party that uses the position of MP in Parliament to make a noise.

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  2. Harriet (4,010 comments) says:

    “…..It is a place where negotiation happens, where consensus takes place, where change can happen if you know how the system works, and you are prepared to stick at it for the long haul…..”

    Another solid case for the need of mandates and public referendum.

    Afterall, who votes for stuff to be done 2 fucken terms of office away?

    Flavell is the dreamer if he thinks anyone is going to take uselessness and ineffectivness as a standard! :cool:

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  3. smttc (638 comments) says:

    In other words, that pompous git Shane Jones is the lazy minded politician we always thought he was. Flavell quite rightly treated Jones’ questions during question time on Tuesday with the contempt they deserved.

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  4. Paulus (2,292 comments) says:

    One could consider that Life itself is a compromise, as we do so every day, in many things, in making a decision.

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