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  • Of tertiary agents, rorts and Ministerial spin

    Trouble within the tertiary education sector continues to brew despite Minister Steven Joyce's attempts to push allegations of corruption or malpractice under the rug.

    Potential mismanagement and fraud appear to be rife among private training establishments (PTEs) and the Minister continues to turn a blind eye.  


    Speech to the Industry Training Federation

    Tēnā Koutou Katoa

    Thank you Jenny for the introduction. Jenny is one of our newest MPs, but she is already emerging as a star performer. We are very proud to have her in caucus.

    Thank you all for inviting me to speak today.


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    Labour's Working Futures Plan

    Labour’s Working Futures Plan will provide three years of free post-school education across a person’s life so New Zealanders can thrive in the 21st century economy.

    The nature of work is changing constantly. To compete into the future and seize opportunities as they arise we need one of the best educated workforces in the world.

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Student debt cracks the billion mark

· September 27, 2016

New figures showing that student loan defaulters have now clocked over $1 billion in debt highlights National's failure to combat spiralling student loan debt, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

"Threatening to arrest returning student loan borrowers at the border has merely acted as a disincentive for expat kiwis to come home. It hasn't made any real dent in the student debt mountain. 

Foreign Students just a commodity to National

· September 26, 2016

National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi has confirmed that his party sees international students as nothing more than a commodity, says Labour's Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway.

"Mr Bakshi’s appalling comparison of some students to 'faulty fridges' that should be returned to their manufacturer shows how little interest National has in the welfare of foreign students. 

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