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‘OPEN LETTER’ / INVITATION TO FELLOW CANDIDATES IN THE BOTANY BY-ELECTION TO ATTEND AND HAVE ‘SPEAKING RIGHTS’ AT THREE ‘POLITICALLY EXPLOSIVE’ – PUBLIC MEETINGS ORGANISED BY INDEPENDENT ‘PUBLIC WATCHDOG’ PENNY BRIGHT.

9 February 2011

‘OPEN LETTER’ /  INVITATION TO FELLOW CANDIDATES IN THE BOTANY BY-ELECTION TO ATTEND AND HAVE ‘SPEAKING RIGHTS’ AT THREE ‘POLITICALLY EXPLOSIVE’    –   PUBLIC MEETINGS ORGANISED BY INDEPENDENT ‘PUBLIC WATCHDOG’ PENNY BRIGHT.

Dear fellow candidates in the Botany by-election;

Hussain A-Saady  – Pirate Party of New Zealand,
Leo Biggs – Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party,
Robin Caithness – Join Australia Movement Party,
Robert Goh – Independent,
Lyne Murphy – ACT New Zealand,
Jami-Lee Ross – National Party,
Michael Wood – Labour Party,
Paul Young – New Citizens Party,
Wayne Young – Independent,

I am formally inviting you to attend three Public Meetings that I have organised to focus public attention on FACTS and EVIDENCE which prove that although New Zealand,is  ‘perceived’ to be the least corrupt country in the world, (according to Transparency International’s 2010 ‘Corruption Perception Index’) – we have a significant lack of genuine transparency at both local and central government level and within our judiciary.

Although these are not ‘candidates meetings) as such,  I am prepared to give each of you, who are prepared to attend, two minutes at each meeting, to briefly explain you or your Party’s position on the issues raised at each meeting.

I am inviting you to bring your supporters, and your campaign leaflets with you.

There will be an opportunity to mix and mingle with the public for approximately one hour at the conclusion of each meeting, over a cup of tea /coffee.

I don’t have to do this – but in my opinion, it is better for the voting public to have an opportunity to hear the views of different candidates at the same time, in the same place, on the same issues, in order to help cast an ‘informed vote’.

(It also confirms in practice my belief in ‘freedom of expression’.)

During the recent Auckland Mayoral campaign, I thought it was unfair that some media and organisations, effectively chose which candidates they considered had views more worthy of consideration, by allowing some to speak and not others, or giving some candidates more time than others.

In my considered opinion. that was neither fair to the candidates nor the public.

Those of you who choose to accept this invitation will all get the same amount of time, at each meeting.

Two minutes each.

(That will give the public some time to ask questions).

(If any of you were organising Public Meetings along similar  lines – I for one would leap at such an opportunity! 🙂

I am also extending the same invitation to the Green Party candidate, Richard Leckinger, who has unfortunately  learned the hard way the importance of double-checking earlier that the addresses of those who move and second your nomination are currently on the electorate list.

Richard will also be given an opportunity to advance Green Party policy on these issues at each meeting.

Your opportunity to present your (or your Party’s policy), will be in the last section of the meeting.

In order to ‘firm up’ the agenda – I need confirmation of your attendance ASAP.

(It wasn’t until today that I got all your contact details – so I have been as prompt as I could).

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BOTANY BY-ELECTION!

‘POLITICALLY EXPLOSIVE’    –   PUBLIC MEETINGS with SOLUTIONS!

Public Meeting: Sunday 13 February 2011, 3 – 5pm

Botany Downs Secondary College

575 Chapel Rd, Dannemora.

LOCAL GOVT. CORRUPTION & PRIVATISATION:

–          Water privatisation & NZ ‘grand’ corruption.

–          Corruption and the Auckland $UPERCITY .

–          Where EXACTLY are our rate$ being spent?

–          Why a proposed $UPERCITY 5% rate increase?

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Public Meeting: Sunday 20 February 2011, 3 – 5pm
Tangaroa College, Haumia Way, Flat Bush.

CENTRAL GOVT. CORRUPTION & PRIVATISATION:

–          To whom exactly is NZ in debt?

–          Where EXACTLY are our taxes being spent?

–          Who will benefit from future privatisation?

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Public Meeting: Sunday 27 February 2011, 3 – 5pm
Somerville Intermediate, 39 Somerville Rd, Somerville.

CORRUPTION IN THE NZ ‘JUSTICE’ SYSTEM?

–          NZ ‘WHITE COLLAR’ CRIME & CORRUPTION?

–          How did over 60 finance companies collapsein NZ

– ‘the least corrupt country in the world’?

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If New Zealand is the ‘least corrupt country in the world’ – then arguably we should be the most transparent.

IFollowing – FYI –  is the ‘Corruption Reality Checklist’ which I prepared before attending the 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference organised by Transparency International in Bangkok, last November:

CORRUPTION REALITY CHECKLIST  –   NEW ZEALAND

 

1. Has NZ ratified the UN Convention Against Corruption ? NO

2. Does NZ have an independent anti-corruption body tasked with educating the public and PREVENTING corruption? NO

3. Do NZ ‘s laws ensure transparency in the funding of candidates for elected public office and political parties at central government level ? NO

4. Do NZ Members of Parliament have a ‘Code of Conduct’? NO

5. Do NZ Local Govt elected reps have a ‘Code of Conduct’? YES

6. Is it an offence for NZ Local Govt elected reps to breach the ‘Code of Conduct’? NO

7. Is there a lawful requirement for a publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’ for NZ Local Govt elected reps? NO

8. Is there a lawful requirement for a publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’ for NZ Central Govt staff responsible for procurement ? NO

9. Is there a lawful requirement for a publicly-available ‘Register of Interests’ for NZ Local Govt staff responsible for procurement? NO

10. Is there a lawful requirement for details of ‘contracts issued’ – including the name of the contractor; scope, term and value of the contract to be published in NZ Central Govt Public Sector, and Local Govt (Council) Annual Reports so that they are available for public scrutiny? NO

11. Is it a lawful requirement that a ‘cost-benefit analysis’ of NZ Central Govt public finances be undertaken to substantiate that private procurement of public services previously provided ‘in-house’ is cost-effective for the public majority? NO

12. Is it a lawful requirement that a ‘cost-benefit analysis’ of NZ Local Govt public finances be undertaken to substantiate that private procurement of public services previously provided ‘in-house’ is cost-effective for the public majority? NO

13. Does NZ have a legally-enforcable ‘Code of Conduct’ for members of the NZ Judiciary? NO

14. Are all NZ Court proceedings recorded, and audio records made available to parties who request them? NO
15. Is there a lawful requirement for a publicly-available NZ Judicial ‘Register of Interests’? NO

16. Is there a lawful requirement for a publicly-available NZ ‘Register of Lobbyists’ at Central Govt Ministerial level? NO

17. Is there a legal requirement at NZ Central and Local Govt level for a ‘post-separation employment quarantine ‘ period, from the time officials leave the public service to take up a similar role in the private sector? NO

18. Is it a lawful requirement that it is only a binding vote of the public majority that can determine whether public assets held at NZ Central Govt or Local Govt level are sold; or long-term leased via Public-Private –Partnerships? NO

19. Is it unlawful in NZ for politicians to knowingly misrepresent their policies prior to election at central or local government level? NO

20. Do NZ laws promote and protect individuals, NGOs and community-based organisations who are ‘whistleblowing’ against ‘conflicts of interest’ and corrupt practices at central and local govt level and within the judiciary? NO

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I look foward to hearing from you!

Kind regards,

Penny Bright
Media Spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.

“Anti-corruption campaigner”.
Attendee: Australian Public Sector Anti-Corruption Conference 2009
Attendee: Transparency International 14th Anti-Corruption Conference 2010

Auckland Mayoral candidate 2010
Independent candidate Botany by-election 2011

https://waterpressure.wordpress.com

Ph (09) 846 9825
021 211 4 127

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February 9, 2011 - Posted by | Botany By-election 2011, Fighting corruption in NZ, Fighting water privatisation in NZ, Transparency in Govt spending

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