September 01, 2021
Parliament sitting virtually useless
Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa Packer says all National and Act proved by insisting on an in-person session of parliament was they don’t understand how to do democracy in the Covid era.
Te Pāti Māori stayed home for yesterday’s session, at which the National Party failed to revive the Covid response select committee it headed during last year’s first lockdown, and Labour unsuccessfully sought Opposition support for a Zoom-based sitting.
Ms Ngarewa Packer says it’s possible for the Opposition to hold the government to account virtually.
“In fact you can tangi virtually. We’ve proved that. Our rangatahi can learn virtually. We’ve proved that. We’ve had nations and the World Health Organisation and the United Nations meet virtually. You can prove that. What is not provable is that political leaders don’t all have an interest in looking after our most vulnerable communities,” she says.
Debbie Ngarewa Packer says after promising on the campaign trail last year that a National Government would double investment into the technology sector, as soon as Judith Collins got the chance to use technology that promise went out the door.
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