Lobbyists too business-friendly, say Greens
Thu, 26 Jul 2012 6:32p.m.
By political Editor Duncan Garner
The Greens have attacked the list of lobbyists accredited to Parliament as being too business-friendly.
The list was finally released late yesterday, and it has been revealed that one Wellington company has three of its directors accredited and a fourth, a former MP also has swipe-card access.
3 News has been pressuring Parliament Speaker Lockwood Smith to release the names and now we can see those on the list include people like unionist Peter Conway, lobbyist Charles Finny, the CTU's Helen Kelly, Sky TV's Tony O'Brien, lobbyist Barrie Saunders, his lobbyist mate Mark Unsworth, anti-MMP campaigner Jordan Williams, Russell McVeagh lawyer Tim Clarke and young Nat Daniel Fielding.
So Dr Smith gave the card holders an ultimatum - if they don't want their names released then give up the cards.
“I think there are some who didn't renew,” he says.
The Greens want a new law to record the activities of lobbyists, and they say the list is too business friendly
“It's an unrepresentative list, there's a huge amount of consultant lobbyists who represent big business coming into Parliament,” says Green MP Holly Walker.
Wellington firm Saunders Unsworth’s four directors all have access cards.
Roger Sowry is a fomer MP with a card, and so are his partners Mark Unsworth, Charles Finny and Barrie Saunders.
“If you're going to start letting in consultant lobbyists, why not others?” says Ms Walker.
And now Dr Smith is urging any members of the public who are frequent visitors to get their own pass.
"I'm happy to give people a pass and I'll put their names on the website,” says Mr Smith.
Yes, the Speaker just gave everyone an open invite; if you want a pass come down and see security and get clearance.
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26/07/2012 7:51:19 p.m.
Yes we can see the business influence with left winger whingers like the two CTU representatives that support discrimination in the work place so long as its union controlled discrimination! If an employer tried even a fraction of that discrimination against empoyees they would be up before human rights commisioner and other charges.There is also a media element to the access, and the Greens like Labour dont support free speech, even their own if a member wants to say anything like their own oppinion.Take the Greens action in Sanlu where they were present at the cabinet metting that discussed Sanlu, but they chose to side with Labour and keep it quiet as it was only costing lives - but only Chinese lives and NZ's reputation so it didn't matter!
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