The Electoral Commission has released recommendations on how to improve our democracy. Victoria University’s Dr Bryce Edwards argues our politicians are likely to ignore many of them.
The World Trade Organisation’s latest conference ended with a lot of talk but no meaningful action. With the United States continuing its attacks on the body and a lack of leadership from other countries, where does the WTO go from here? Sam Sachdeva reports.
The Government will not have to release a 33-page coalition document, after a ruling from Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier that it does not qualify as official information.
Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has backed the Government’s refusal to release a 33-page coalition document, saying in a provisional ruling he is satisfied it has not played a role in policy decisions.
Comment: A month seems early for a new government to dash hopes of a fresh start - yet Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s team seems determined to break the speed record when it comes to disregard for public transparency.
The Government is refusing to release a secret document with directives for new ministers, despite Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters promising it would be made public.
Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker says the Government will not shrink away from New Zealand’s leadership role on free trade - but it must be on our terms. Before heading to Apec, Parker spoke to Sam Sachdeva about taking on “the excesses of globalised capital” and avoiding a public backlash.
COMMENT: As far as reshuffles go, it was a little underwhelming.
Newly released documents have shed light on a troubled intern scheme linked to the Labour Party, with the party’s secretary telling electoral officials the scheme’s organiser “had not been forthcoming” in disclosing how it was funded.
Incoming Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters says concerns about Chinese influence in New Zealand are not getting the coverage they should be - but he has dodged questions about whether he still wants an inquiry into a National MP with links to Chinese military intelligence.