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  • Grant Robertson: Speech to Victoria University School of Government Seminar on a Modern Monetary Policy Framework for New Zealand

    Introduction

    The year 1989 was a watershed for a host of reasons here in New Zealand and around the world. First and foremost, Seinfeld premiered on television. In all seriousness, the Berlin Wall fell as the implosion of the so-called Eastern Bloc moved apace. Ronald Reagan was finishing his eight years as President of the United States. Tim Berners-Lee produced the first design for a world wide web and the first internet connection in New Zealand came through the University of Waikato.


    Now is the time

    At the age of 20, I became a father.

    I was in my final year at university and I was working part-time at a cinema, while my partner was working full-time in a hospitality job. We were both earning just over the minimum wage and living in a damp and mouldy private rental house in the Hutt Valley.


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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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Where there's smoke and mirrors, there's Steven Joyce

· April 27, 2017

Steven Joyce’s much vaunted pre-Budget speech is simply an underwhelming response to the infrastructure deficit National has created, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.

“Steven Joyce has belatedly come to the realisation that everyone else has a long time ago, that this country needs an urgent and enormous catch-up from nine years of under investment by this government.

Time to stamp out cold, mouldy rentals

· April 26, 2017

New figures show a small number of landlords are letting down the sector by renting cold, mouldy rentals. These houses need to be brought up to a decent standard for people to live in by Andrew Little’s Healthy Homes Bill, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

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