Labour MPs block China expert from speaking at select committee

An odd vote by Labour MPs in the Justice select committee (NZH): Labour MPs vote against allowing China expert Anne-Marie Brady to speak at justice select committee

Labour MPs on the justice select committee have voted against allowing China politics expert Anne-Marie Brady to make a submission on foreign interference in elections.

National MPs supported Brady, a professor at Canterbury University, giving her view on the issue which is a focus of the committee’s inquiry into the 2017 general election and 2016 local elections.

The eight-strong committee is evenly split between National and Labour MPs and today’s vote against means Brady cannot appear.

That’s a strange and concerning exclusion of an expert opinion by the Labour MPs.

National MP Nick Smith, who is a member of the committee, said it was concerning that Labour blocked Brady from making a submission on the critical issue of protecting New Zealand from foreign interference in its democracy.

“This has become a huge issue in other liberal democracies, whether it’s the United States, Australia, UK, Canada or Western Europe.

“If the committee is going to do its job for Parliament, we need access to both government officials but also New Zealand’s most published author on the subject,” Smith told the Herald.

He said the Labour MPs’ reasons for blocking Brady’s appearance were “disingenuous”.

“They said ‘we should only hear from government officials’ when Parliament needs to be able to hear from a wide range of expert views to be able to complete its inquiry successfully”.

They only want to hear what they want to hear?

Justice committee chairman Labour MP Raymond Huo said the decision to decline Brady’s late request was purely procedural.

Exluding an expert opinion seems hardly ‘purely procedural’.

Brady said in a statement that the coalition Government had made it clear in two public strategy documents, as well as classified briefing papers made public, that it was very concerned about foreign interference activities in New Zealand and wanted address them.

“New Zealand needs to pull together as a country to face this problem, and we need a bipartisan approach to solving it.

“The Government must pass new legislation which will address foreign interference in our political system, and it needs to talk directly about the problem to the public, so they can make informed choices and understand what the concerns are”.

Labour’s openness and transparency and fairness seem to have been forgotten here.

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25 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  March 8, 2019

    bad timing atm.

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  2. Ray

     /  March 8, 2019

    Considering there is a developing meme being pushed by various left wing people that the National Party is run from China this is very strange.

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    • Corky

       /  March 8, 2019

      Do you think the Chinese Ambassador has had a quiet word with Jacinda? I guess the final Huawei decision will answer that.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 8, 2019

      Extraordinarily vacuous from someone who should be well-informed enough to know that Little widened the terms after the public submissions. Or just deliberate political dissembling.

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  6. Corky

     /  March 8, 2019

    ”They only want to hear what they want to hear?” Yes.

    ”Bad timing atm.” Yes.

    Some government. They seem to be making a habit of this strategy. The CGT issue is another example.

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  7. lurcher1948

     /  March 8, 2019

    If NZ wants to know how communist China feels they only have to go to the National Party and the doorway to China, a certain MP
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jian_Yang_(politician)

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    • Trevors_elbow

       /  March 8, 2019

      Hahaha… who is chair of this committee and a big fund raiser for Labour… oh look its Raymond Huo!!!!

      Pot kettle black Lurcher . Nats need to clean house but Labour has as much too do. Maybe Rick Barjer, specialist in Chinese matters after visiting Chongqing…

      https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11276071

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      • Corky

         /  March 8, 2019

        Yep, Rick was the man about town, especially before an election. He’d visit some old peoples home and dish out confetti like there was no tomorrow.

        They loved Rick

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      • Blazer

         /  March 8, 2019

        never mind your cheap…’whataboutry’….Squirrel.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  March 8, 2019

          Hardly whataboutry when the Labour politician Brady criticised is responsible for silencing her. But if anyone should be able to recognise a squirrel, it’s B.

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        • Trevors_elbow

           /  March 9, 2019

          “Wahaaaaaa Key!” Blazers endless, mindless howl about everything though the bad man has been off the scene for years now…..

          Point out Raymond Hou is a prime Labour channel for Chinese interference in NZ politics and its whaddaboutary ..

          You’re a prime useful idiot… is it Mao or Stalin you dutifully follow?

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          • Blazer

             /  March 9, 2019

            I follow the Grand Poo Bah….of whataboutry…..Trevor the Magnificent.!🤦‍♂️

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  8. Blazer

     /  March 8, 2019

    “He who flatters a man is his enemy. he who tells him of his faults is his maker.”-Confucious.

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    • Finbaar Rustle

       /  March 8, 2019

      “He who tells a man of his faults get’s head blown off”.
      Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin.:)

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  9. adamsmith1922

     /  March 8, 2019

    My thoughts here, this issue raises a number of questions about NZ’s so called independent foreign policy, and whether Little was in fact serious in his letter
    https://adamsmith.wordpress.com/2019/03/08/why-did-labour-mps-vote-against-allowing-china-expert-anne-marie-brady-to-speak-at-justice-select-committee/

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  10. NOEL

     /  March 8, 2019

    The original call was for PUBLIC and departmental submissions
    https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/sc/make-a-submission/document/52SCJU_SCF_INQ_78888/inquiry-into-the-2017-general-election-and-2016-local-elections

    Then the issue of interference got included AFTER the closing date for submissions.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12210617

    The original intent was changed so in fairness there should be been disclosure of the extended TOR’s and a new submissions date published.

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    • adamsmith1922

       /  March 8, 2019

      Agree, plus I have amended my post to include reference to Prof. Brady’s Magic Weapons Paer where she identifies Mr Huo’s extensive PRC connections

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  11. NOEL

     /  March 8, 2019

    Ho, Barry, Anderson, Bishop, Mitchell, O’Conner, Smith and Duncan are the members of the Committee. . None of whom appear to have objected to Little’s inclusion 6 months ago of an extension to the TOR’s AFTER submissions had closed.

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  12. PartisanZ

     /  March 8, 2019

    “Not a good look” averted …

    ‘Govt set to U-turn on Brady block’ – Newsroom

    “China expert Anne-Marie Brady may be allowed to address politicians on the issue of foreign interference in New Zealand elections, with the Labour MPs who blocked her appearance having an apparent change of heart.”

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2019/03/08/478977/govt-hints-at-u-turn-on-brady-block

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