Justin spoke to Finance Minister Grant Robertson because Justice Minister Andrew Little was unavailable. They discussed extending the wage subsidy, testing in Auckland, and National leader Judith Collins and deputy leader Gerry Brownlee's recent comments around delaying the election and alledged the government withheld information on community transmission.
Justin spoke to Justice Minister Andrew Little about the concerns of returning New Zealanders on charging for managed isolation, the banking sector implementing living wage to its lowest-paid contractors, proposed laws to protect migrant workers, and how the extradition process works even without a treaty.
Justin spoke to Justice Minister Andrew Little about parliament's working culture, the situation on managed isolation, the progress on treaty settlement with Te Whakatotea iwi, and guidelines on advertising for the upcoming referendums.
This week, Mary-Margaret and Andrew discussed the proposed rewriting of the Official Information Act, the extension of the role of Children’s Commissioner to monitor the treatment of children in secure detention centres, and whether or not advocacy by an American lobby group is ‘interference in another country's electoral process'.
Mary-Margaret speaks to the Justice Minister about yesterday’s opening of the New Zealand Criminal Cases Review Commission, and the restoration of the right to legal representation in the family court. They also have a more holistic discussion about making the justice system less 'homogenous', as Andrew describes it.
As Minister for Treaty Negotiations, Andrew Little is nearing a redress deed with Ngā Iwi o Taranaki, the eight iwi whose maunga is Taranaki. Mary-Margaret asks what the Minister has learnt from listening to Ngā Iwi o Taranaki over the last couple of years. They also discuss the lack of implementation by this government of changes that Māori justice advocates say are essential for fixing a broken justice system.
In today’s catch up with Minister Little, Mary-Margaret asks about the meaning of “operational matters” and not being able to comment on them, and what he thinks of our modern national security regime in light of revelations that our Secret Service broke into the Czechoslovakian Embassy in the late 80s.
Mary-Margaret chats to Justice Minister Andrew Little once again, on a range of topics such as the trans tasman bubble, and using opportunities for public involvement where possible. However, Mary-Margaret started by asking about how much government needs to make public when it comes to legal advice for decisions such as a national lockdown, in light of calls from Simon Bridges.