Businesspeople keep telling me they’re working harder than ever but the high costs of doing business mean the rewards just aren’t coming.
There are many reasons for this. One I’m committed to tackling is market failure in our electricity industry.
Education Minister Hekia Parata’s latest decision to keep Salisbury School open is the right one – it’s just a shame it took a court ruling, relentless community work and a major dose of negative press to bring the Minister round, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.
Pacific Minister Hekia Parata’s denial that she has cut funding from her Ministry’s Budget is an insult to Pasifika people desperately seeking the brighter future her Party promised, says Labour’s spokesperson for Pacific Island Affairs Su’a William Sio.
Contradictory explanations from John Key and Nathan Guy about why New Zealand meat is being blocked from entering China only add to the suspicion that there’s more to the issue than the Government is letting on, Labour’s Primary Industry spokesperson Damien O’Connor says.
The tragic death of a truck driver and the serious injury of another yesterday highlight the urgent need for government action say Labour MPs Darien Fenton and Iain Lees-Galloway.
Labour’s Associate Disarmament spokesperson and President of Parliamentarians for Global Action, Ross Robertson, welcomes Indonesia’s increased support for the Rome Statute progressed by a delegation to Jakarta last week.
National’s Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges’ insistence on ramming through a law which extends the controversial protest ban into the high seas is arrogant and makes bad policy even worse, says Labour Energy spokesperson Moana Mackey.
The Government is pushing more and more health costs on to patients with little or no regard for the impact on vulnerable Kiwis, says Annette King, Labour’s Health spokesperson.
After hours clinics in parts of Auckland are charging $25 for young children to see a doctor – reportedly because GPs did not want their charges undercut.
Budget cuts to the Ministry for Pacific Island Affairs will only increase pressure on a community already suffering high unemployment, low incomes and growing inequality says Labour’s spokesperson for Pacific Island Affairs Su’a William Sio.
New Zealanders can look forward to slower, less convenient and more costly health care with District Health Boards facing an almost $200 million shortfall, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.
Tony Ryall is boasting that Health received around a third of all new operating funding in Budget 2013.