I know National Party MP, Alfred Ngaro, He works hard for his Pacific constituents and he is passionate about being National’s spokesperson for Children and the Community, but revelations this week that he has been lodging 1000 written questions a single day to purposely clog up the resources of the Government are shameful.
This Government welcomes critical analysis, we are all believers in democracy and the importance of the function of the Opposition to be the check and balance to political power, but lodging 1000 written questions a day is not holding the Government to account, it’s a shameful waste of resources that would be better put elsewhere. It’s also an interesting aside that we haven’t heard a peep out of the so called Taxpayers Union about this very conscious decision to clog the machinery of Government to excess, wasting taxpayers money in the process.
A tactic National have adopted since becoming the Opposition is lodging tens of thousands of pointless questions just to shut down the Government from pushing through its agenda because it’s too busy answering disingenuous questions.
In our first year in office, National have lodged 42 000 questions, when Labour were in Opposition for our first year, we asked less than 20 000 written questions.
We must have a robust democracy and we must always be questioned, but this is a childish tactic that is beneath the National Party and its MPs.
Let’s stop the silly time wasting and get on with the job the people voted us in to do.
Willie Jackson is the Minister for Employment