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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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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. 

Tolley’s spin on Education spend doesn’t add up

· September 26, 2016

National’s spin about school funding won’t wash with parents who are paying more and more of the cost of their kids’ education every year, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. 

“All the spin in the world can’t hide the fact that when it comes to dollars per pupil, New Zealand school funding lags well behind most of the countries we like to compare ourselves with including the US, the UK, Australia, Denmark and Norway. 

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