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  • 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.


    Transforming Careers Advice

    The Issue

    There are 87,200 young New Zealanders not in employment, education or training. New Zealand has one of the worst rates of student retention of any developed country. McKinsey and Company international research has found once young people are in the job market, just 45% feel they made the right decisions about their study. Only 42% of employers thought young people were coming into the workforce adequately prepared.


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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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Social Development Minister Anne Tolley’s claims that her Government’s work with sole parents is her biggest success are in tatters after a major increase in homelessness amongst that group, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.

“Anne Tolley is seriously out of touch with the reality for struggling families. She’s claimed her Government’s work with sole parents as her biggest success, but new figures from the University of Otago show a 36% increase in the rate of homelessness amongst sole parents since 2006.

Time has come for state apology on abuse

· August 26, 2016

Labour is today calling on the Government to issue an apology for historic abuse in state institutions.

Speaking after the launch of Elizabeth Stanley’s book “The Road to Hell; state violence against Children in Post-war New Zealand”, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says many victims feel the state has never fully acknowledged what has happened to them.

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