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Immigration - it's about basic fairness

Immigration is important to New Zealand. We’re a nation built on immigration. But our immigration system was never supposed to be used to prop up a low wage economy and exploit new migrants.

A new report from Treasury has warned the Government that immigration is increasingly being used to fill low-skill, low wage jobs, rather than to fill the skills shortages we need to grow our economy and create more jobs for everyone.

"It benefits us economically and enriches us culturally."

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Working together for change

When I became Labour leader, I made it clear that we couldn’t head into the next election leaving voters in doubt about what we stood for and who we’d work with.

Since then we’ve rebuilt Labour from our worst election defeat – uniting our caucus, reforming our Party and building a strong, progressive policy platform.

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Q+A: Labour and Greens Memorandum of Understanding

Why an MOU?

It is about being clear with New Zealanders that Labour and the Green Party will be working together to change the Government. We believe the interests of our movements and ideals can best be achieved by working co-operatively while respecting we are separate parties with our own policies and principles.

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Have health services been cut in your area?

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Over the last six years, National has cut $1.7 billion from our health system in real terms. As costs have increased, funding for our health services just hasn’t kept up.

And after cost pressures – like population growth, ageing and inflation – are taken into account, yesterday’s Budget announcements in health only continue the cuts to our health services.

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Andrew Little and Grant Robertson discuss Budget 2016

Middle New Zealand has again missed out in this year's Budget with not a single fix for the housing crisis, and health and education again woefully underfunded.

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The Budget in black and white

In three days’ time Bill English’s tie will make the news. In three days' time it's Budget Day. In media circles the Finance Minister’s tie traditionally plays a bellwether role, its colour and pattern seen as an indicator of what the Budget will contain.

That being the case then this year’s should be black and white because anything in between won’t cut it. There’s some really important issues the Government’s 8th Budget needs to address.  

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Andrew Little's pre-Budget speech 2016

Thanks so much for coming along today, and for giving up some of your weekend.

Today, I want to talk about the type of Budget that New Zealand needs to see this coming Thursday.

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Go ask WINZ

"All I can say to people if somebody is homeless they should go see Winz."

- John Key on what desperate families living in cars should do.

Here's 5 reasons why going to WINZ won’t necessarily help if you’re homeless:

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Budget 2016 - who's it for?

Amidst the deluge of data, accounting tricks and astronomical sounding numbers that you will see in the Budget next week, there is one critical thing to look for - people.  

Ultimately a Budget is about a government's priorities and where they lie when it comes to spending the money they are charged with looking after on our behalf. The question to ask is who this Budget will be for?  

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The Whipping Post

The House has been sitting this week, so without further ado, here's a look at what's been happening in the political world.

Health hath fury

The reality of the Government’s underfunding of health was outlined at a summit convened by Andrew Little, Annette King and Grant Robertson on Monday. Speakers included Warren Lindberg from the Public Health Association, Julie Haggie from the Home and Community Health Association, Jenn Lawless from the NZ nurses organisation and Platform’s Marion Blake.  

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