by Holly Walker
This morning the tables were turned and I went from being a member of the select committee to the submitter.
It was my chance, as the member in charge of the Lobbying Disclosure Bill, to give an opening submission to the Government Administration select committee, who is considering the bill.
As I outlined in my submission, there are some areas of the bill that will need to be amended, but I’m confident that these can be addressed through this consultative and deliberative select committee process.
The bill passed its first reading with unanimous support from all parties, and there is widespread agreement with the aims and intent of the bill – that is, to bring openness and transparency to political lobbying in New Zealand.
It’s now the job of the committee to work through the detail of the bill and recommend amendments that ensure a robust lobbying disclosure regime that is appropriate for New Zealand.