The National Government will rush tough new emergency legislation through Parliament to deal with an epidemic of scaremongering that puts tens of thousands of Kiwi children at risk and threatens to derail the entire economy, Justice Minister Judith Collins and Finance Minister Bill English announced today.
‘We must protect the children of this country from predatory scaremongers, either at home, in the playground or at school,’ Collins said in a speech to Family First, outlining the urgent new reforms. The exact nature of the legislative response to the ongoing scaremongering crisis is to be determined, but Collins confirmed that whatever the government decides, it will be rushed through Parliament under urgency and be inconsistent with the Bill of Rights Act.
‘Whatever we end up doing, we must do it quickly and without regard for democratic process,’ Collins explained.
The Justice Minister’s comments have drawn fire from constitutional law experts, but Collins dismissed the criticism, announcing in a press statement, ‘Ignoring democracy will protect the children of this country from exploitation for cheap political purposes, and I will not apologise for standing up for them and defending them from attacks by opposition parties and the news media.’
Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed that the anti-scaremongering package will contain urgent economic reforms. ‘If we don’t address the issue of scaremongering and restore confidence to bond-markets and ratings agencies then New Zealand will follow down the path of Greece and Spain into total economic collapse,’ English warned
The exact nature of the anti-scaremongering economic agenda has yet to be determined. ‘They will be a wide-ranging and comprehensive plan to restore the government accounts to surplus and deliver a brighter future for New Zealand,’ English said, although he has confirmed that the reforms will not address unemployment, savings, economic growth, government spending, currency levels or exports.
‘You can’t export and save your way out of an economic slump,’ English explained, responding to critics of the governments as-yet-unformed plan. ‘You don’t grow the economy just by earning more than you spend and investing the excess wealth. That’s just not common sense.’
BusinessNZ CEO Phil O’Reilly has said that whatever the governments’ eventual urgent reforms are, they will be a good start but not go far enough. Labour leader David Shearer is withholding comment on the controversial anti-scaremongering measures. ‘ I don’t want to take an oppositional stance,’ Shearer explained. ‘Politics is not a contest of ideas in which the public gets to choose whose ideas they prefer and then elect that party into government.’
Spokespeople for Bill English and Judith Collins have said that the finishing touches of the emergency reforms will be finalised over the summer recess and urgently rushed into Parliament in time for the 2014 election.